Daily show 6/1 - Boiling Frog Myth

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TreborPugly, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town


    He probably thought it was true. He heard it somewhere, and accepted it as a reasonable analogy, and offered it up as an example in a similar discussion. He didn't make it up.

    It might be kind of stupid, but that's all it is, IMO. Not all that important. Even if it was true, it doesn't prove anything about human behavior.
  2. TreborPugly

    TreborPugly Unreal!

    May 2, 2002
    Eastern TN
    I agree that the metaphor is appropriate to the subject. But Woodruff said "It's real!" when he started telling the frog bit.
  3. speaker city

    speaker city New Member

    Sep 28, 2005
    Atlanta, MI
    He didn't just bring it up casually during the conversation. They showed a clip from his special showing a CG animation of a frog in boiling water. ABC went through the effort of making an animation without even checking if it was true. Who knows what other kind of pseudo-science they used in Woodruff's fear-mongering program.
  4. dmdeane

    dmdeane sedentary adventurer

    Apr 17, 2000
    I hear tell that frogs and scorpions don't literally talk to each other, either, nor are frogs inclined towards giving rides across rivers to anyone who asks, scorpion or other.

    Quick; give me some grant money. I believe I can prove that the early bird does not always catch the worm.
  5. Aniketos

    Aniketos Active Member

    Mar 6, 2006


    We're really digging deep now aren't we.
  6. teknikel

    teknikel Member

    Jan 27, 2002
  7. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    I never tried this with a frog. But I've done it with crabs. During the summer we would vacation in Cape Cod and catch crabs. To cook them we would put them in a pot of water and turn on the stove. When the water got hot enough you can hear the crabs trying to get out.
    Since crabs are even lower on the evolutionary scale than frogs, I would suspect frogs would do the same.
    On the other hand, this is not be the real test because water on a stove heats up too quiclky. But no matter how slow you heat it, I don't think they would stay there.

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