People have been saying turtles are cool ever since dawn of time. It has been forgotten when the Turtle Studies actually started, but finding early images like this from old bestiaries is very neat. (MS M.500 fol. 76r, Morgan Library)
List of all kinds of "happy" events in Kainuu.
Turtles have Shells. They live long lives. They therefore have a lot of time to get very skilled at Shell Games.
A lot of turtles. In a bowl. And when they get big, the bowl will be an ocean.
"OK, I'm now getting a very good start at this whole world-carrying business." (Crystal Turtle, by Jeepster)
Tile artwork from ye olde Iran. Snakes! Rabbits! And a tortoise! (Looks like assassin snakes, ninja turtle, and two rabbit victims. The turtle leaps off the wall to eat the plants while the snakes leap off the wall to kill the rabbits.)