This week's question: A new study into the metabolic rates of ancient mollusks has discovered that the laziest species — those that expended as little energy as possible — were most likely to survive for millions of years. If the researchers were to write a book extolling the benefits of acting like a sluggish clam or snail, what could it be titled?
THE WINNER: "Keep Clam and Carry On, and On …"
Stephanie Murdock and Jack McCoy, New York City
SECOND PLACE: "The Shellfish Gene"
Bill Doughty, Honolulu
THIRD PLACE: "Don't Move a Mussel"
David Moore, Portland, Oregon
"A Periwinkle in Time"
Jon Plotkin, Hull, Massachusetts
"Whelk This Way"
Joe Valetti, San Leandro, California
Maureen Lloyd, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
"The Slug Also Rises"
Donna Loranger, San Tan Valley, Arizona
"Survival of the Sluggish"
Kathy Moore, Middleton, Wisconsin
"The Art of Shellfishness"
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina
Dick LaVine, New York City
"Ready. Set. Escargot!"
Ivan Kershner, Salem, South Carolina
"A Snail's Pace for the Human Race"
Terry Ingalls, Portland, Maine