You've got snail mail

As the technological age whips us into an ever accelerating frenzy of activity, sometimes we forget the benefits of taking it slow. Real Snail Mail, an ingenious message delivery service set up by boredomresearch, is a useful reminder that good things can come to those who wait. And wait.

Real Snail Mail users send a message to a despatch centre, where it is stays until a snail, with a chip attached to its shell, happens to pass by; the message is stored on the chip until the mercurial mollusc feels like passing the drop-off point, where it is transmitted to another receiver and relayed to the addressee. Unsurprisingly, this can take quite a while: the record for the slowest delivery is held by Agent 7 - aka Sean - who took 65 days, 21 hours, 24 minutes and 1 second to complete a job. If you don't think your patience can take it, book Agent 10 - aka Beatrice - who once completed a drop-off in a blink-and-you'll-miss-her 7 seconds.

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Real Snail Mail will be operating at the British Science Festival in Surrey, 5 to 10 September, www.britishsciencefestival.org