Hey, have you ever been browsing one of your favorite illuminated manuscripts from the Medieval period and noticed that there happen to be a lot of doodles of knights fighting snails in the margins? Of course! We've all obviously been there!
If you thought that horse-sized snails roamed the Earth hundreds of years ago and knights had to battle them in order to save their villages from slime, you are sadly mistaken.
Although it is hard to find a concrete reason for the existence of these snail drawings, Scholar Lilian Randall theorizes that they represent the Lombards, a Germanic people who invaded Italy, and that the illustrations are meant to mock them. So basically these were some Medieval memes, and the illustrators were just trolling people. Guess we haven't changed so much after all!