Daily News Design Editor John Sherlock is a foodie and former prep chef who swears by this compassionate method of offing a lobster:
1. Hold the live lobster by the tail and spread claws. Lift tail up so the lobster is "nose"-down on a hard surface.
2. With your finger or the back of a spoon, gently rub the ridge of the back shell from where the tail meets the ridge toward the pointy tip of the lobster's head.
3. Rub back and forth gently about 10 times and the lobster will go limp.
4. Immediately put the hypnotized critter in boiling water to cook.