. . . Tuesday February 15, 2005

Please Ignore the Thrashing and Screams

Forget for a moment the violent and desperate thrashing of claws against the side of the pot or the water-muffled screams eminating from a head that feverishly lunges for the water’s surface only to find itself stifled by the metal lid.

According to a study out of Norway, it’s unlikey that lobsters feel pain when they are dropped into a pot of boiling water.

The report concludes: “Lobsters and crabs have some capacity of learning, but it is unlikely that they can feel pain.” (Funny, my shrink describes me in the exact opposite way.)

Whether this report is on the mark or not, I still have the feeling that being dunked in melted butter stings like a bitch.

Concentration is important!