We've never seen anything like it -- a strange hybrid of animal and vegetable. Beneath a shiny crimson crown are segmented layers of pinkish crustacean abdomen, and below that, a bright red base like a big single foot, oozing out semiliquid. We stare at the unnatural thing between us, so luridly colored in contrast to the white tablecloth. It's organic, yes . . . but not alive. Not alive as we understand it. Before they were fused together by the hand of some mad genius, the thing's parts lived once, scuttling across the floor of the ocean, or wriggling up out of the earth toward the... More >>>