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January, frog species down:

Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades …

Today, frog species up:

Scientists working in conjunction with the New York-based World Conservation Society, or WCS, say they have discovered eight new species of frogs in the past two years.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/04/2006 at 01:06 PM
    1. these frog numbers really do seem to JUMP about!

      Posted by WeekByWeek on 2006 05 04 at 01:27 PM • permalink


    1. Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades

      France…what can you say. The don’t bathe, either.

      Scientists working in conjunction with the New York-based World Conservation Society, or WCS, say they have discovered eight new species of frogs in the past two years.

      Yes, of Arab ethnicity, burned many cars, not to long ago.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 04 at 01:32 PM • permalink


    1. I remember many years ago a documentary about declining frog numbers. Some scientist standing in a creek with a frog in his hand explained to the camera that frogs were the litmus test of the environment as a whole. he said they were very sensitive to chemicals and poisons, and so if the environment was going down, the frogs would go first. “that’s why we’re so worried about the frogs” he said.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 05 04 at 01:34 PM • permalink


    1. …so I’m sure he’s very relieved whenever frog numbers spike up again (as they do from time to time), or when new species are found.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 05 04 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. Yes. This is why I trust so much whatever the ‘scientists’ say. NOT.

      Posted by Capitalist Rosie on 2006 05 04 at 02:08 PM • permalink


    1. As environmental activists have taught us, the best way to predict the distant future is to extrapolate from short term trends.

      Thus – Eight new frog species in two years?  At that pace, in a few hundred years the world will be literally covered in frogs!!!  Also, the sky is falling.

      Posted by TimShell on 2006 05 04 at 03:31 PM • permalink


    1. “Does this dress make me look fat?”
      — Richard McEnroe

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2006 05 04 at 03:36 PM • permalink


    1. I think that the temperature has certainly turned up on Mr Froggy.

      Posted by captain on 2006 05 04 at 05:23 PM • permalink


    1. Damn frogs.  You just can’t trust ‘em.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 04 at 05:44 PM • permalink


    1. It’s not the first time science has encountered a mysterious phenomenon, including one that might account for this increase

      “for example, rains of frogs, whose magical apparition must not at first have been understood by the scientists.’’ – Lautreamont

      I myself suspect the leap second let them in through a hole in space-time.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2006 05 04 at 06:59 PM • permalink


    1. Myself, I rate this as “The Great Leap Forward.”

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 05 04 at 07:30 PM • permalink


    1. Gary from New Jersey-I think you want door number 2.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 05 04 at 07:32 PM • permalink


    1. Gary—That’s not a dress.  We made the mistake of assigning wrongwright to pick up the burnooses for our infiltration of Al Qaeda. Let’s just say the tailors saw him coming (“Floral!  It is the new black, effendi!”) and now everybody sees the rest of us coming…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 04 at 08:25 PM • permalink


    1. Okay, who remembers who said this:

      “Twang your magic twanger, Froggie!”

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 05 04 at 08:39 PM • permalink


    1. Or was it “Pluck your magic twanger, Froggie”?

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 05 04 at 08:40 PM • permalink


    1. From a Sid & Martry Krofft puppet show.  Gotta be.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 04 at 10:50 PM • permalink


    1. Surely a hitherto undiscovered species of frog could have been declining in numbers, before we found it.

      Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2006 05 04 at 10:55 PM • permalink


    1. #14 John Kerry’s magic frog?

      Posted by Burbank on 2006 05 04 at 11:07 PM • permalink


    1. Not a cartoon show. Andy Devine said it, I think, but I never knew the name of the show. We only had black and white. It always featured Indians (the India kind) climbing down cliffs to steal honey.

      I heard it as ‘Plonk your magic twanger, Froggie.’ I never figured out what happened when he did plonk it. Damn black and white TV.

      Posted by Harry Eagar on 2006 05 05 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. There was another host before Andy Devine, and darned if I can remember more.  Except I think it was ‘pluck’ the magic twanger and Froggie was a Gremlin.  (or perhaps a Yugo.)

      Oh, and extrapolating the trend from this morning, I fully expect the temperature this Sunday to be around 350 degrees F.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2006 05 05 at 01:12 AM • permalink


    1. I’ve gone off frogs after watching this. Warning, contains graphic scenes of people eating frog hearts and frog sushi. Humanity will never die out as long as there are people willing to eat crap like this. <shudder>


      Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 05 05 at 06:56 AM • permalink


    1. God, I remember that show.  The frog lived in a clock or something.

      We’d wait the whole show until the host called out “plunk your magic twanger, froggy”

      What a rush.  Buster Brown Shoes and cereal commercials.  Andy’s Gang.

      Posted by trainer on 2006 05 05 at 11:57 AM • permalink


    1. Surely a hitherto undiscovered species of frog could have been declining in numbers, before we found it.

      sure. Maybe it’s true, and all frog species are “headed for extinction” (ie declining), including the newly discovered species. The problem is with the after-the-fact reasoning. Find a species that is declining, thendeclare that species to be the litmus test of the environment.
      Why aren’t ants the litmust test? Or squirrels, or seagulls? etc.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 05 05 at 12:15 PM • permalink


    1. It was Andy’s Gang (Andy Devine took over when the first host died–altogether a very weird show–ever notice how the word “weird” violates the “i before e” rule–a weird word) and when Froggy plunked his magic twanger, he would appear in a puff of smoke. Actually Midnight the violin playing cat was the bigger star. It was back in the days when everybody, including the audience, would hawk the sponsor’s product: I got shoes, you got shoes… Didn’t we have this quiz before? Or maybe that was somewhere else…when you’re old enough to remember Andy’s Gang, you tend to lose a lot of other threads.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 05 05 at 02:47 PM • permalink


    1. Kyda gets a cookie for the most information.  I don’t know if you had this thread before since I’m a newbie.

      Andy Devine, one of my childhood favs, took over the program in 1955.  Showed old movies, mostly.  I think I remember the “Pluck your magic twanger, Froggie” because of the way he said it in that marvelous rusty old voice of his.  Remember he also started the program (after the little song announcing the show, which was a variation of the Buster Brown song) with a “Hiya Kids, Hiya, Hiya, Hiya!”

      Loved Buster Brown, too.

      But, of course, I just remember what my much old brother told me.  <kof>

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 05 05 at 03:10 PM • permalink


    1. I often go looking for rare and endangered species of frogs.

      The best part of it is camping out, whilst investigating their endangered habitat. There is some brilliant high country in Australia and some great rainforest.

      However, after about 6 beers and innumerable vinos, I roll into my tent, then all the endangered species seem to start up at once.

      Croak! Croak! Croak! Where’s mine! Where’s mine! Where’s mine!

      Get your own grog you wankers!

      Then I know, as I pass into oblivion on some part of rock hard Mother earth, numb to the world, that the frogs are happy and well. If only they would leave the remains of my cask alone, we’ll all get on together in an environmentally friendly fashion.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 05 06 at 06:00 AM • permalink


    1. Well actually …

      I have frogs in my garden (TRUE). Living in Sydney’s northern sandstone belt, I have shallow rockpools that always seem to be teeming with tadpoles. Walk in my yard after dark and the neighbourhood noise you’ll hear (barring the odd teenage yob party) are my frogs letting go in full voice with their invitations to bonk. Just to care for the natural environment, my wife and I ensure the rockpools are always reasonably well supplied with water. Which gets me to the topic of global warming…

      Undoubtedly, Sydney is going through a dry spell. We could do with a decent spell of weather rhyming with “Lissing Down” (with due acknowledgement to the Two Ronnies). My local golf course would also benefit from a decent soaking or three. As would the frogs.

      The weather does not, however, appear to me to be the most insidious environmental threat to our lovely little frogs. There is something much more pervasive, much more deadly. In fact, it’s such a threat, I’m amazed Bob Brown hasn’t been splashed across National 9 News pontificating about it and demanding that John Howard take action.

      I refer of course to MY NEPHEWS!!

      Whenever they visit, as soon as I turn my back they’re into the ponds with their devilish little strainers, capturing tadpoles left, right and centre. (So, message to tadpoles, your political affiliations will NOT save you….)

      Do the tadpoles survive to grow into robust, mature, fully bonking frogs? I fear not.

      So what is the cause of this environmentally-devestating outbreak of nephews? I blame the Pope!!

      You see, my brothers and sister have insisted on marrying Roman Catholics. The result – nephews (lots of ‘em. Oh, and the odd niece.) The ensuing result?? Tadpole termination in toto.

      So, Bob Brown, when are you going to recognise that global warming is but a beat-up, and attack the real environmental scourge that’s wreaking havoc every time my nephews visit. Surely it’s time you trained your well-honed media skills on this most fundamental threat to froggiedom, Roman Catholicism??

      Posted by kywong73 on 2006 05 07 at 06:28 AM • permalink


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