Sometimes even snails like to show off their speed. At the World Snail Racing Championship, snails start in the middle of a table, and have to slime their way to a circle 13 inches out. As we see in the video on this page, they don’t move fast. No snail has beaten the world record of 2 minutes, set by Archie back in 1995. But since most snails move only 3 inches per minute, these speeder snails leave the rest in the dust.

*Wee ones:* Who’s faster, a snail who finishes the race in 4 minutes, or one who finishes in 3 minutes?

*Little kids:* If one snail takes 5 hours to cross the street and another takes 9 hours, how much longer does the slower snail take? *Bonus:* If another snail’s time is halfway between those, how many hours does that 3rd snail take?

*Big kids:* Most snails move only 3 inches a minute. About how long would it take a regular snail to crawl those 13 inches? *Bonus:* In what year will Archie’s 1995 record have stood for 50 years?

Answers:*Wee ones:* The snail who takes 3 minutes, because that’s the smaller amount of time.

*Little kids:* 4 more hours. *Bonus:* 7 hours.

*Big kids:* About 4 minutes (actually 4 1/3 minutes, or 4 minutes 20 seconds). *Bonus:* In the year 2045.