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smiley_face
268613.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:44 am Reply with quote

http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=175993

In the interests of organisation and cross-referencing. :-)

 
smiley_face
268872.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:44 pm Reply with quote


"Frogs' porn."

I'll get me coat...

 
rko
268888.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:14 pm Reply with quote

ooooh i get it! Took a while though :P

 
Flash
268911.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:52 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
In the 1930s, it was discovered that a female Xenopus (Xenopus laevis, the African Clawed Frog) would ovulate if injected with the urine from a pregnant woman - the hormone chorionic gonadotropin being the active ingredient. For a while in the 1940s and 50s, this was the only available pregnancy test, and many hospitals kept Xenopus. Not all were vigilant in keeping the frogs, however - "they are very good at escaping!" says Professor Slack. A number of wild populations were established in California, South America and, in colder climes, in South Wales near Swansea.

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/doc_wtd004558.html

 
CB27
268935.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:35 pm Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:

"Frogs' porn."



Say that over and over several times and you find yourself saying Frogspawn, now that's what I call freaky!

 
samivel
268985.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:28 pm Reply with quote

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In the 1930s, it was discovered that a female Xenopus (Xenopus laevis, the African Clawed Frog) would ovulate if injected with the urine from a pregnant woman


This is the type of thing that always makes me wonder about the circumstances in which the discovery was made. Had some scientists got hold of a batch of female African Clawed Frogs and just started injecting them with random substances purely to 'see what happens' or what?

'Hey Jeff, what happens if you inject heroin into one?'
'Oh, it dies. Very dull. We tried sticking custard in one, but nothing seemed to happen.'
'Well, I wonder what would happen if you injected it with piss.'
'Hmmm - how about a woman's piss? Or even better, a pregnant woman's piss.'
'Hell, worth a try. Martha! Give us some of your urine, would you love? We want to see what happens if we inject it into this female African Clawed Frog'
'No problem. Be right back.'

 
AlmondFacialBar
268990.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:38 pm Reply with quote

yeah, i always wonder about that one, too.

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
smiley_face
269005.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:02 pm Reply with quote

It really is a case of "The Diary of the Man who Discovered Milk".

An interesting read, in case you were interested.

 
indigo fugit
277877.  Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:59 am Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:

"Frogs' porn."

I'll get me coat...


smiley_face......... thank you.. that is the funniest thing i have heard in a long time......... it seems to grow on you and you find yourself walking round with a big grin on your face

 
Sadurian Mike
283458.  Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:11 am Reply with quote

smiley_face wrote:

"Frogs' porn."

I'll get me coat...

Nyayayayaya.

He'd best not slip or she might be toed in the hole.

 
Droid
556804.  Tue May 19, 2009 9:38 am Reply with quote

I couldn't find any mention of this anywhere hereabouts.
A new species of lungless frog.
New Scientist wrote:
The Bornean flat-headed frog, Barbourula kalimantanensis, was discovered in Indonesian Borneo in 1978, but it was only in 2008, when two more populations were found, that scientists finally dissected a specimen and discovered it to be the only known frog species without lungs.

http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/new-species/10
http://amphibiaweb.org/cgi/amphib_query?where-genus=Barbourula&where-species=kalimantanensis

The NS link also has some other new animals. The elephant shrew looks interesting, and the Blonde-ginger bat (flying fox) looks a bit cross to me.

 

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