Turns out casual experimention with a little meth here and there is a good thing, if you’re a snail. A paper recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology explains how snails were able to remember negative stimuli longer when under the influence of a bit of speed.
When great pond snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) venture into low oxygen water, they extend a breathing tube above the water’s surface. Researchers seperated a bunch of these party snails into two groups and put one sober group in normal water and another in meth-laced water. Then when the snails went to extend their breathing tubes, the researchers poked the top of the tube, and the snail quickly retracted its molluskular snorkel. Two days later, the researchers took the same two groups of snails and returned them to their respective pools (normal water and the one with pure Monster Energy Drink) and watched the results. The snails in regular water once again extended their breathing tubes. However, the meth snails took off their shells and started grinding together on the dance floor to C&C Music Factory. Also, they didn’t re-extend their breathing tubes.
Researchers say this demonstrates a longer memory due to meth, but maybe it just means that when someone stabs you in the throat on meth, the sheer terror of the experience is multiplied ten fold and it leaves more of an impression on your simple three-neuron snail brain.
Thanks to Chris Cleveland of Dieselpoint Search and Navigation for bringing this to our attention.