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Monday, April 25, 2005

You Had To See This One Coming

Why are they wasting their time screening penguins at the airport? TSA employees really need to carefully check out the toads:
BERLIN (AFP) - Hundreds of toads have met a bizarre and sinister end in Germany in recent days, it was reported: they exploded.

According to reports from animal welfare workers and veterinarians as many as a thousand of the amphibians have perished after their bodies swelled to bursting point and their entrails were propelled
for up to a metre (three feet).

It is like "a science fiction film", according to Werner Smolnik of a nature protection society in the northern city of Hamburg, where the phenomenon of the exploding toad has been observed.

"You see the animals crawling on the ground, swelling and then exploding." He said the bodies of the toads expanded to three and a half times their normal size. "I have never seen such a thing," said veterinarian Otto Horst. So bad has the death toll been that the lake in the Altona district of Hamburg has been dubbed "the pond of death."

Access to it has been sealed off and every night a biologist visits it between 2:00 and 3:00 am, which appears to be peak time for batrachians to go bang.

Explanations include an unknown virus, a fungus that has infected the water, or crows, which in an echo of the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds", attack the toads, literally scaring them to death.
Hat Tip Yahoo News

Although biologists are baffled at the explosive toad phenomenon, local officials have yet to rule out the influence of the radical Islam. Al Quaeda has reputedly been recruiting the disafftected toads as suicide bombers for some time. Young male toads are apparently quite susceptible to the appeal of martyrdom, especially in the face of pro-frog cultural discrimination. Before detonation a toad reportedly yelled "Long live the jihad! Death to the infidel frogs!"

Death to the Infidel frogs!


At Monday, April 25, 2005 at 5:23:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Shamrock said...

It makes me hopping mad that the gov't is ignoring this toadal threat to our safety.

At Monday, April 25, 2005 at 9:55:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Jim - PRS said...

I think it's simply a case of frog farting in the extreme.

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