by Margery Daw
Sea urchins, the sushi delicacy, were once a scourge. They gnaw the wood of lobster traps, destroying them. (Turns out they love wood - and they never get any.) The village idiot who cleared the sea urchins made a fortune reselling them. Lobsters themselves were once thought peasant food. Indentured servants protested - successfully! indentured servants! - to eat lobster no more than three times a week.
Margery Daw, who was the Second Runner-Up in our First Contest, is a pseudonym and part of a nursery rhyme.