“What are water, salt & UV light to witches, slugs & crackers?” Excusing the insult to the slug, AndGodMadeLight contributer Aloysius Read recently posed to me in email. “Solubles?“After softly LOL(ing), I guessed.
After all, in The Wizard Of Oz the Wicked Witch Of The West is killed by being accidentally soaked by water. And it’s the very high percentage of water in the slug’s body that makes it is easy for salt to cause its osmolarity rate to slow – thus severly dehydrating it and turning it into a shell. As far as UV light and crackers is concerned, consciously distinguishing between Eumelanin and Pheomelanin, Ultraviolet Light burns sores into the skin of crackers that become tumors that won’t heal. Pus and or blood then runs from these sores. However, since the definition of soluble is “the property of a solid, liquid, or gaseous chemical substance called solute to dissolve in a liquid solvent to form a homogeneous solution of the solute in the solvent” and the definition of “solvent” is “a substance in which another substance is dissolved, forming a solution” – I wonder if the latter word isn’t more applicable?