A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 19, 2021
“Why are French snails faster?"/"Less cargo.”

"Escargot” (French for “snail") is sometimes given the joke “l’ess/less cargo.”

“Why are French snails faster? Less cargo” was posted on Twitter by Moose Allain Ꙭ on March 19, 2013.

“Why are French snails faster than American snails? L’ess cargo” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on March 12, 2015. “Why are the French snails fastest in the world? L’ess cargo” was posted on Reddit—3amjokes on May 19, 2021.

“Why do the French transport snails without their shells?"/"Less cargo” and “Why are French snail imports down?"/"Because there is less cargo” are other versions of the “escargot” joke.


Wikipedia: Escargot
Escargots, IPA: [ɛs.kaʁ.ɡo], (French for snails) is a dish consisting of cooked edible land snails. They are often served as an hors d’oeuvre and consumed by the French people, as well as people in Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. They are also typical of the cuisines of Cyprus, Crete, and other areas of mainland Greece, as well as of the North African countries Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The word escargot is also sometimes applied to living examples of those species which are commonly eaten in this way.

Twitter
Moose Allain Ꙭ
@MooseAllain
Why are French snails faster? Less cargo.
2:05 PM · Mar 19, 2013·Tweetbot for iOS

Twitter
Moose Allain Ꙭ
@MooseAllain
Why are French snails faster?
Less cargo.
6:37 AM · Mar 12, 2015·TweetDeck

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/tomholder March 12, 2015
Why are French snails faster than American snails?
L’ess cargo

Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/porichoygupto February 9, 2019
Why are French snails the fastest in the world?
L’ess cargo.

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
Why are French snails the fastest in the world?
L’ess cargo.
11:57 AM · Feb 10, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/porichoygupto July 14, 2020
Why are French snails faster than American ones?
L’ess cargo.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/porichoygupto August 28, 2020
Why are French snails faster than snails from other countries?
L’ess cargo.

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/toodelouvre March 8, 2021
Why are French snails so slow
L’ess cargo (escargot)

Reddit—Puns
Posted by u/F_for_Respect_69 May 1, 2021
Why are French snails faster than others?
L’ess cargo

Reddit—3amjokes
Posted by u/porichoygupto May 19, 2021
Why are the French snails fastest in the world?
L’ess cargo.

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