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Old 04-24-05, 06:36 AM
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Exploding toads baffle experts

Probably not the most important story ever told, but who can resist a headline like that. WTF?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...4/s1352292.htm
Exploding toads baffle experts
Hundreds of toads have met an unexplained, explosive demise in Germany in recent days, it was reported on Saturday.

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. [ ]

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.

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 2:00am and 3:00am, 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.
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We're gonna need a video.
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We're gonna need a video.
Agreed.
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How can being attacked by a crow make an animal explode?

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Old 04-24-05, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
How ccan being attacked by a crow make an animal explode?
The hope is the exploding toad will kill the crow, and crows will learn not to attack toads.

Palestinians use the same logic, but it strikes me as a piss-poor plan.
Damn suicide toads..
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Global warming will be blamed.
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Global warming will be blamed.
It's like they live in God's personal microwave oven.
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Or the German army is testing their new death ray.
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Originally Posted by NORML54601

That's just wrong.
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maybe the pond got too salty?
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I like how OldDude puts the ralph smiley inside square brackets to indicate that it wasn't in the original ABC News story.
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Originally Posted by OldDude
The hope is the exploding toad will kill the crow, and crows will learn not to attack toads.

Palestinians use the same logic, but it strikes me as a piss-poor plan.
Damn suicide toads..


Thta's what mother nature gets for trying to emulate human nature!
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Here's another report on the story ...





Mystery of the exploding toads

Visitors to Hamburg parks are being warned to watch out for exploding toads.

Several thousand toads in the city's parks have so far mysteriously spontaneously exploded, sending entrails and toad body parts over a wide area.

Vets and animal welfare workers said the mystery has decimated the city's toad population as well as the unpleasant problem of leaving toad parts scattered around parks and open spaces.

Eyewitnesses say the toads swell up to three and a half times their normal size before suddenly exploding - sending entrails flying metres into the air.

Nature protection worker Werner Smolnik from Hamburg said over the last four days at least a thousand toads had died in this manner in scenes reminiscent of a science fiction film.

He said: "It is a complete mystery, we have a lot of ideas which we are following up, but at the moment we haven't the faintest idea if any of them are correct.

"It could be an unknown virus, or a fungus that has infected the water or a defence mechanism against aggressive crows which have appeared in the area recently.

"You see the toads crawling along the ground, swelling and getting bigger as they go until they are like little tennis balls, and then they suddenly explode."

Vet Otto Horst added: "I have never seen a thing like it."

"It's a real puzzle," agreed Janne Kloepper from the Hamburg Institute for Hygiene and the Environment, adding: "If this keeps up, there will be no toads left in Hamburg."
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Why isn't there a video of this yet? You would think with all the mass explosions, someone would have filmed it and put it on the net for our amusement.
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Ratzinger elected Pope, God shows displeasure and toads start exploding in Germany.
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Ratzinger elected Pope, God shows displeasure and toads start exploding in Germany.
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Originally Posted by eXcentris
Ratzinger elected Pope, God shows displeasure and toads start exploding in Germany.


Can anybody dig up the Nostradamus quatrain that predicts this?
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Never mind - I found it:

And the first pope of the new Century,
Shall a kraut be he.
God's vengeful wrath shall know no bounds,
That toads will explode like Jiffy-Pop.

-Nosmodamus
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I'm sure there is a rational SCIENTIFIC explanation, but if this was happening 2000 years ago, this shit would have been put in the Bible. Today, most people are like,... "meh"

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Actually, weren't toads involved in one of the plagues of Egypt in Moses' time?
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Actually, weren't toads involved in one of the plagues of Egypt in Moses' time?

It's frogs but nothing about them exploding.

Frogs

8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.
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