"According to Dr. George R. Zug, curator of reptiles and amphibians,
the National Museum of Natural History, 'Well that's, may I say,
bull****. If a frog had a means of getting out, it certainly would get
out. And I cannot imagine that anything dropped in boiling water would
not be scalded and die from the injuries.'"
"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.'"
Next Time, What Say We Boil a Consultant
"Vic's (Dr. Victor Hutchison of the University of Oklahoma) answer was
as follows: 'The legend is entirely incorrect! The `critical thermal
maxima' of many species of frogs have been determined by several
investigators. In this procedure, the water in which a frog is
submerged is heated gradually at about 2 degrees Fahrenheit per
minute. As the temperature of the water is gradually increased, the
frog will eventually become more and more active in attempts to escape
the heated water. If the container size and opening allow the frog to
jump out, it will do so." Naturally, if the frog were not allowed to
escape it would eventually begin to show signs of heat stress,
muscular spasms, heat rigor, and death.'"
THE LEGEND OF THE BOILING FROG IS JUST A LEGEND
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