The Daily Truth
(Elkhart, Indiana) informed its readers that a local farm was soon to start breeding giant Australian snails. The snails, the article said, measured up to two feet in height and attained weights of 85 pounds. The "snail steaks" were considered a great delicacy by "European and New York epicures." The super-sized mollusks could move at speeds of up to four miles an hour, which opened up the possibility of giant snail racing as a novel sport. The giant snail shells, once abandoned by their occupants, might even be used as dog houses. The opening of the giant snail farm was subsequently reprinted by several newspapers as genuine news.