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Hey, remember back in 1995, those Minnesota schoolkids who found half the frogs in their local pond had extra limbs, leading to the obvious conclusion that ZOMG WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!? Yeah, it turned out to be perfectly natural and not caused by evil Gaia-raping modern chemical corporations.

Scientists discovered all the frogs with deformed limbs were in ponds with a certain snail, which plays intermediate host to a certain fluke. The fluke gets into the developing frog embryo and fucks with its limb-producing buds. Instant mutants, just add water.

Of course, hippies still talk about “high incidences of amphibian deformity in response to environmental degradation” but at least they’re doing it with some cool pictures. New York artist Brandon Ballengée has collected gefukt frog specimens from all over the world, which he dyes in cheerful contrasting colors and scans on his flatbed scanner.

Which is EXACTLY what I do with my eight-legged frogs.

His show opens in London today. Uncle B and I have to go up to London soon, but I think we’ll be giving this one a miss.


Comment from St. Feargal Fitz-Ferret, The Irish Mustelid
Time: March 16, 2010, 10:12 pm

Aye, a hunred-legged wee weasel is a miliweasel, as Paddy’s goat is. Woe unto the rabbits, and hares too. In Armagh they call them centiweasels, though.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 16, 2010, 10:12 pm

LOL… I’ll bet that the French were increadibly enthusiastic about the phenomenon until they learned that it was a fluke worm doing the damage……

Since the whole point of the deformity was to make the frog easier for predators to catch, therefore assisting the fluke with it’s transfer to a bird’s gut, we can only consider this to be a positive development in French quisine…..

However, I have yet to see an 8-legged French dancer……

Comment from Schlippy
Time: March 16, 2010, 10:52 pm

Ick. Nature has some weird krap in it.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: March 17, 2010, 3:38 am

Didn’t I read that most of the frog deaths turned out to have been caused because the researchers were carrying a fungus on their boots, spreading doom everywhere they went?

They’d show up and see a booming frog population and record that. The next year they’d come back and all the frogs were dead.

The Researchers blamed global warming till somebody figured out what was really happening.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: March 17, 2010, 6:25 am

Which is EXACTLY what I do with my eight-legged frogs.

Needs spew alert.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: March 17, 2010, 6:52 am

Ick is right.

/why I did fossils

Comment from Alice H
Time: March 17, 2010, 1:51 pm

I don’t see a problem with frogs that are ‘deformed’ like this. Isn’t the whole purpose of frogs to produce frog legs for human consumption?

Comment from St. Feargal Fitz-Ferret, The Irish Mustelid
Time: March 17, 2010, 2:42 pm

Found this on ananova:

Man has 12 fingers and 14 toes

An Indian man is proud of the 12 fingers and 14 toes which have put him in the record books.

Haramb Ashok Kumthekar /CHI-Photo/Nick Cunard/Rex

Rather than feel self conscious about the way he was born, Haramb Ashok Kumthekar has always celebrated his extra digits.

The 24-year-old business graduate was born with six fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot.

This means he is the unofficial record holder for the most recorded number of fingers and toes on a living person.

However, he does not hold the Guinness world record which is held by fellow countryman Devendra Harne, who has 12 fingers and 13 toes on his feet.

Haramb does not hold the official record because, technically, some of his fingers are attached and are not classed as separate digits.

However, he is recognised by the Indian equivalent of the Guinness Book of Records, the Limca Book of Records.

Haramb’s extra fingers and toes are caused by the medical condition polydactlyism, which comes from the Greek for “many fingers”.

While each of Haramb’s extra fingers and toes have separate bones, they don’t all boast nerve endings and he is unable to move them or feel them all properly.

And while he is proud of his extra digits, Haramb admits that it can be frustrating at times, especially when it comes to finding shoes for his feet or gloves for his hands.

Comment from Allen
Time: March 17, 2010, 3:25 pm

Free association can be an unruly beast.

Frog’s legs => Frog gigging => Oh shit!

When I was a mere stripling I used to go frog gigging. Basically it’s paddling around in your boat with a flashlight with a really long fork. When you spot the eyeshine from the frog, stab! Haul it in, throw it in the gunny sack, and frog legs in hot butter later on. Ummm, ummm, ummm.

So one night, I’m out gigging, and I stab. Holy crap what the hell did I stick? Pull back, and I have 3 feet of very pissed off Cottonmouth on the end of my gig. The trick is, to get a very angry snake off your gig, without getting bit, and stay in the boat at the same time. Oh, and have the snake not in the boat.

I had forgotten about that.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 17, 2010, 8:42 pm

LOL Allen, My mom used to tell me stories about fishing down in the swamps, and having Cottonmouths chase her boat and try to get in……

Comment from Allen
Time: March 17, 2010, 9:19 pm

Scuba, yeah they are aggressive suckers, territorial too. We used to have my little brother wade into the shallows so the moccasins would come out where we could catch ’em.

Hey, what are little brothers for? Bait.

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