Official shellfish? Simple mollusk? Crustacean? Or just a hard thing in salt water?
What truly are these things called "clams?" Who cares? People love them like their own pets.
People in strange rubber pants scoop them out of the ocean. People sell them in high-priced fancy seafood joints.
People love to dip them in butter sauce. Lots of butter sauce. Beautiful golden butter sauce. Mmmmm...
No matter that the insides of a clam look like a tiny rubber embryo. N.O. M.A.T.T.E.R.
There are many ways to enjoy the humble clam (hiding its soft heart under that tough facade), including: clams casino, clam cake, clam dip, clam liquor, and a pizza called “clam pie.”
Let us also not forget the 70’s band, Chic, who immortalized clams in their song, “Good Times” with the line, “Clams on the half shell and roller skates…”
Do you want roller skates with your clams?