Let me explain
- I sure hope that the Coca Cola is writing hefty royalty checks to the Natural Resources Defense Council, because they’re sure been milking that ‘happy polar bear’ image with a vengeance.
- How many ways will Anheuser Busch try to re-package the same rice-flavored dishwater? Budeiswer Platinum, I ask you? (Mind- the fact that I even remember the product name is pretty disturbing).
- It was arguably a pretty exciting, gritty sort of game… and somehow I can’t remember a single detail with any vitality. I don’t know if this says something about the atrophy in my gray matter, or my evolving feelings about football.
I loved the rain of frogs at the end of the piece however.
***Edit- it’s a Chevy commercial. I looked it up. I’m not brain-washed. Honestly.***
This makes it all the more remarkable to consider the many ways in which frogs have been cast as portents of destruction.
(Note- I’m ignoring a lot of positive frog imagery. The Scots, for instance, kept stone frogs in their yards as luck symbols. An old Pictish custom, apparently. The Scots have always moved to a different drummer.)
(My stepkids once inadvertently terrorized our Costa-Rican host family with a shirt-full of cane toads… but that’s another story).
I personally know no one who’s conducted this experiment (nor do I wish to know any such person). The story has, however, informed marine biologist Daniel Pauly’s theory of ‘shifting baselines’- the idea that societies gradually acclimate to deteriorating environmental conditions.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning an old Iranian proverb: "When the snake gets old, the frog gets him by the balls." (See Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi). I can’t claim to understand the nuances of that particular maxim, but it sounds ominous.
Therefore, when chytrid fungus starts decimating ponds all throughout Idaho (and the world), or when chimeric, multi-legged mutant frogs start scaring school kids sick, we’d better be asking ourselves some serious questions about the root causes.
Little Paedophryne (the word literally means ‘child-like toad’) all but vanishes into the surface of a dime. The researchers who were surveying the back corners of New Guinea initially detected it through a whispering of untraceable, insectile vocalizations. It wasn’t until they hand-filtered a couple metric tons of forest duff that the found the frogs themselves.