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December 3, 2013 / Boyd & Nicholas

  1. Kiss the Frog “You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome prince.” I have a friend who says she has kissed so many frogs looking for the prince that she developed warts. I admit had she kissed me at that time I would have said “Ribbit” (and smiled).

  2. Eat That Frog Eat That Frog is the name of a book on ways to stop procrastinating and get more done in less time. The premise here is to do the most distasteful thing on your agenda first. A friend told me to get the book. I did, darn her, hate the taste of frogs. Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy

  3. Boil the Frog The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out. But if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; a frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, some 19th-century experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is sufficiently gradual. First, I think the scientists were mean, if not crazy to prove if the anecdote was true or not. “Experiments” were done in 1869, 1875, 1888, 1897, and 2002. Poor frogs, mean dudes.

Second, it might explain the acceptance of higher gas prices over time. Occasionally we get a sharp increase and people scream and it drops back a little. However, we largely accept the high prices.

Third, we now rightly blame the republicans and rightly blame the democrats for the disastrous state of congress. Both political parties forgot the principle of the metaphor; significant change or reform is best done slowly.

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