Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Mucky Problem

Few things are more beautiful than an elegant solution to a mucky problem:
The Problem: How to sort live crawfish from dead. (Crawfish must be boiled alive, or they taste nasty. But whenever you buy a big bag of the wriggling beasts, there's inevitably a few that have already gone on to Crawfish Heaven.)

The Solution: What's a key difference between living and dead things? Living things move. Dump the crawfish onto a table. The live ones quickly skedaddle off the edge where they drop into conveniently placed receptacles. The dead... well, they pretty much just stay where they are. Sorting completed. Boil away!*
Lovely, non?

* I learned this recently though I can't remember how. The tee-vee? Divine revelation?


  1. Anonymous9:22 PM

    very clever!!!

  2. Anonymous10:21 PM

    Oui! Qui écrevisse mange, écrevisse lui vient.

  3. You know the traditional method is boil'em all but don't eat the ones with straight tails.

  4. Yes, an honorable method, though I like how this trick neatly eliminates its necessity.