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The frog and the cooker
« on: 19/01/2012 06:27:06 »
Yesterday, a professor doing research in stress levels explained something about the buildup of stress in humans and made an analogy to the "Frog and Cooker" experiment.

Apparently, frogs can only detect temperature differences of minimum 3 degrees C, which implies the following:
If you throw a frog in a cooker with boiling water, he would do anything to escape before dying.
But if you throw a frog in a cooker with room temperature water, heat the water 2,5 degrees C, then wait a while, then cool it 1 degree C, then wait a while, then heat the water again with 2,5 degrees C and so on and so on, the frog would not try to escape even when the water gets lethally hot.

Weird huh!



 

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Re: The frog and the cooker
« Reply #1 on: 19/01/2012 07:39:12 »
I have a similar issue drinking Whisky. I don't notice I'm drunk until I suddenly fall over. xx(
 

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Re: The frog and the cooker
« Reply #2 on: 19/01/2012 09:22:20 »
Odd.
Frogs are cold blooded animals.  So, the internal organs of the frog will adjust to the ambient temperature, which would allow them to adjust to a wide variety of air and water temperatures, and perhaps even diurnal temperature changes.

They probably don't get boiled alive a lot in nature.
 

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Re: The frog and the cooker
« Reply #3 on: 19/01/2012 09:26:32 »
Well, found out that there's a wiki on this for people interested: The boiling frog
 

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Re: The frog and the cooker
« Reply #4 on: 19/01/2012 11:34:03 »
PLEASE........ anyone reading this, don't try it!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 20/01/2012 05:35:12 »
PLEASE........ anyone reading this, don't try it!
Can I try it with a lobster or a crawdad.....  as long as I'm planning to eat it  ;)
 

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Re: The frog and the cooker
« Reply #6 on: 20/01/2012 12:18:22 »
PLEASE........ anyone reading this, don't try it!
Can I try it with a lobster or a crawdad.....  as long as I'm planning to eat it  ;)

So long as you are going to eat it.............. No, unless you invite me to dinner, of course.
 

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