Saturday, August 10, 2013

How to Kill Snakes, 1688

Edward Topsell, The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (1658)
"1. How to gather Snakes and Adders to one place. Take one handful of Onion, and ten River Crab-fish, pound them together, and lay it in the places where the Snakes and Adders are, and they will all gather together.
2. To kill Snakes and Adders. Take a large Rhadish, and strike the Adder and Snake with it, and one blow will kill them." 
R. W., A Necessary Family-Book (1688)
A simple and elegant technique: lure the snakes with a giant crabcake and then bludgeon them with a radish, Super-Mario-Bros.-style.

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