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Flash
259560.  Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:14 am Reply with quote

I half-heard a comment on the radio that frogs (some frogs, maybe?) really only use bodies of water like ponds to reproduce in - they live their lives all over the place, although some do hibernate in the mud. So I wondered if this has any scope as a way into the subject of frogs:

Q: Where do frogs live?
Forfeit: Ponds

Any thoughts from anyone? I fear I may be over-simplifying.

 
MatC
260204.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:27 am Reply with quote

Frogs don't live in ponds - correct. They try to live near ponds (and good schools, with plenty of parking, obviously.)

 
Gray
260230.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:14 am Reply with quote

Hmmm - most amphibians live in a variety of habitats at different stages of their lives, ponds included (most need to keep their skin moist, especially water frogs). So ponds isn't really wrong, per se.

Maybe Where do frongs spend most of their time? or something...

 
MatC
260259.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:34 am Reply with quote

Yes, that's a point; frogs don't actually "live" anywhere, so we end up with another question that hasn't got a correct answer ...

 
Flash
260278.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:57 am Reply with quote

Especially if we ask about "frongs".

OK, then:

Q: What do frogs do in ponds?
F: Live in them.

 
Flash
260281.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:00 am Reply with quote

Q: What's green and lives in a pond?
F: A frog

 
Flash
260296.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:16 am Reply with quote

Nowadays the term "frog-march" has the sense of physically forcing somebody to walk somewhere, but my Dictionary of Historical Slang reckons the term originally referred to carrying drunks face-down (to jail or wherever).

 
MatC
260328.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:42 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Especially if we ask about "frongs".

OK, then:

Q: What do frogs do in ponds?
F: Live in them.


Nine out of ten panellists will reply: Fuck.
And then where will you be, you and yer fancy frongs?

 
Flash
260361.  Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:19 am Reply with quote

"Fuck" will be a forfeit as well, for profanity. A double forfeit, if it turns out to be also untrue.

And Lethu Mshini Wami to you, too, with brass knobs on and no returns.

 
Flash
268912.  Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:54 pm Reply with quote

Frogs used to be used for pregnancy testing:
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

 
Gray
269067.  Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:39 am Reply with quote

http://www.chemistryexplained.com/Ma-Na/Mutation.html

Should keep French chefs in business for a while.

There are - somewhere - lots of pictures of frogs with very particular non-lethal mutations that mean their eyes develop on the inside of their heads, so they have to open their mouths to see.

 
MatC
269087.  Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:20 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Frogs used to be used for pregnancy testing:


Have we never used this? It's been noted before, quite often; enter "frogs and pregnancy" into search and you get half a dozen hits.

If we haven't used it yet - one has to ask, porquoi fronging not?

 
Flash
269133.  Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:47 am Reply with quote

I don't recall using it. We can search the transcripts, though.

 
eggshaped
269212.  Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:26 am Reply with quote

Link between frogs and fairy tales, via fucking, here:

post 235904

Flash wrote:
Quote:
"Fuck" will be a forfeit as well, for profanity. A double forfeit, if it turns out to be also untrue.


A fuck forfeit? Like the cuttlefish feature a few series back; but presumably it goes against our attempts for a pre-watershed slot.

 
Flash
269236.  Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:04 am Reply with quote

Not necessarily if we bleep it, though I think I'd want to take advice from the BBC compliance unit.

 

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