Frog Boiling

If you drop a frog into boiling water he jumps right out. If you put a frog in cool water, then gradually heat the water to boiling, he won’t jump out and will die.

 I keep seeing this analogy pop up.

Did someone actually test this theory?

You’d have to be pretty sick to do it.

Poor frogs.

It does seem a bit inconclusive and vague. Maybe they had a lid on the pot or the frog didn’t have legs.

I need more data before I believe this one: a myth busters episode, a youtube video, or a wikipedia entry.

If they did do this test, did they test crocodiles, dolphins, and platypus as well: maybe frogs aren’t too smart.


note: this analogy is very amphiguous.

double note: Professor Doug Melton, Harvard University Biology Department, says, “If you put a frog in boiling water, it won’t jump out. It will die. If you put it in cold water, it will jump before it gets hot — they don’t sit still for you.

 triple note: a watched pot does indeed boil. The person who thought that one up must have had Attention Deficit Disorder.

5 responses to “Frog Boiling

  1. Maybe you are thinking of lobster that you put in cool water, then gradually heat the water to boiling?

  2. You know… now that you mention it, this does sound a bit like an 8 year old’s science experiment.

    “Quick! Get the frogs before mom gets home!”

  3. Probably somebody ate the frogs legs before putting the hapless, legless victim in said pot. Frogs legs are supposedly delicious. Didn’t you watch The Muppet Movie?

  4. If I could find a frog or 2 I would definitely do that experiment.

  5. L : are you messing with me?

    Turkish Prawn: watch out prawns could be next!

    S Le : this analogy should be changed to “If you put a legless frog in a pot with …..”

    Finicky Penguin: from your photo, I wouldn’t put it past you 🙂 Frogs be careful. Bewarey, wary, awarey, and careful.

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