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  • Reading to my 3-year-old, I found this story in the book ”The childrens book on bugs” Published by Ordfront 1987 in Sweden.

    Roughly translated it reads:

    In the past, people believed that the snail could find lost cows. If a cow was missing from it’s enclosure, one was in a hurry to fetch a snail. Then, one was to read this verse to him:

    Snail, snail, twiddle kindly
    Show me my rightful cowbell
    And you will have porrige and milk
    Tomorrow night

    And now, one just had to walk in the direction that the snail pointed its horns, and one would soon find the runaway cow.

    The thing is, I just can’t believe it. I do not think that people in any time, of any culture, when they lost a cow, fetched a snail, read a verse to it, and then followed it’s directions. They were, after all, human beings, just like us.
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