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Frogs

  1. Let’s All Imagine Frogs Having Sex in Little Taffeta Pants for Science

    Michigan J. Frog never looked so classy, and he wears a top hat.

    See this picture of a frog? Now think about him wearing tiny pants. This isn't just an adorable thought exercise we're doing here, by the way. This was an actual scientific experiment performed in the 1760s to determine the importance of sperm to the frog's reproduction cycle. We're doing science. You know, kind of.

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  2. Malaysian Swamp Produces the Most Beautiful Sound in the World

    Didn't anyone get a recording of Chris Hadfield's mustache?

    It may not look like much (unless you're into swamps) but swamps like this one produce the most beautiful sound in the world according to an online competition, and as we've learned -- the Internet is never wrong. Give it a listen and hear for yourself.

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  3. Female Frogs Tricked by Scientists Into Responding to Fake Mating Calls From Robots

    We're certain this proves some very, very important things about evolution and so forth. We're just not at all sure what any of those things are.

    Science is great for a lot of things -- curing diseases, creating new sources of heat and energy, what have you. However, science is also responsible for a lot of accidents that weird us out more than anything else. Case in point: consider the Túngara frog, who can typically be found croaking away in Central America. Scientists from the University of Texas discovered a way to fool the female of the Túngara frog species into responding to bogus mating calls that shouldn't even be possible, all using a robot imposter frog to do it. What's next, a cyborg-frog hybrid species? Man was not meant to toy with nature thus!

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  4. Oh, God No: Amazonian Frog Steals And Fertilizes Eggs From Dead Females

    Today in News You Probably Would Have Been Happier Not Knowing, the tiny, unassuming Amazonian frog Rhinella proboscidea doesn't seem like the most awful creature ever to walk the Earth, but it probably is. That's because Rhinella proboscidea, as a species, are a bunch of necrophiliacs. If they can't find a living lady during mating season, the small brown frogs quickly get, like, way less picky, plucking egg cells from the corpses of females killed during the often violent rounds of 'explosive breeding' and then fertilizing them.

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  5. The Frog the Size of a Pea

    Yesterday, researchers announced the discovery of Microhyla nepenthicola, a frog which in its adulthood is between 10.6 and 12.8 millimeters long (0.42 to 0.50 inches) -- smaller than a pea. Found on a mountain path in Borneo's Kubah National Park, the frog is the smallest known frog in the Old World.

    Curiously enough, Microhyla nepenthicola had been found and preserved by scientists in the past, but they didn't think that it was its own species; rather, they thought they were "juveniles of other species," according to Dr. Indraneil Das, one of the frog's discoverers.

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