Monday, March 31, 2014

Il y a anguille sous roche

"This eel pâté is amazing," said Chick. "How did you come up with it?"

"It was Nicolas who thought of it," said Colin. "There's an eel - or rather, there was an eel - that kept getting into his sink through the cold-water faucet."

"That's weird," said Chick. "Why would it do that?"

"It would stick its head out and bite the tube of toothpaste to suck out all the contents. Nicolas only uses that pineapple-flavored American toothpaste, and it must have been irresistible."

"How did he catch it?" asked Chick.

"He put a whole pineapple on the sink instead of the tube of toothpaste. Normally when the eel had swallowed the toothpaste it could duck its head back in the pipe right away, but with the pineapple, it didn't work, and the more it tried to pull back, the deeper its fangs sank into the pineapple."

- Boris Vian, "L'écume des jours" (1947)

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