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Frog-monumental Event  

(photo from shopsnohomish.com)

How come I never heard about this before?!

This is too cool. Out Washington (the state) way it seems they use a frog instead of a groundhog to predict the weather:

Snohomish Slew, the Meteorologist Frognosticator extraordinaire and mighty small hero to all the weather weary’ “Gets the Jump” on Punxsutawney Phil and his shadowy claim to fame.”

Bonus points for you if you can work “frognosticator” into a sentence at work tomorrow! Of course, you will want to read about the legend of the frog (which involves Bigfoot, of course).

It is a little known fact, but I have a modest collection of all things froggie (books, figurines, even a frog-shaped purse). Yet, this woman trumps my paltry holdings with over 9,000 collectible (collectible? frog trading cards, perhaps?) frogs.

Want to know what Snohomish Slew predicted? Check his Facebook page – -hey, everyone is on Facebook!- – here.

But the best news is that they no longer release this invasive bullfrog into the wild. Here’s a fun article about that with a great line about how the frog compares to a famous groundhog: “How do we know that Phil doesn’t have a secret frog in his pocket?”

So true!

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I happened to look at the Yahoo article on the endangered Mississippi gopher frog… and then did some more searching and found this interesting article from the Georgia area Nature Conservancy.

Check out what a gopher frog sounds like here. Hmmm…are we sure they didn’t just tape my husband sleeping? ;-p

Best of all: they glow!

“Before they were released, John Jensen of the Georgia DNR injected all four metamorphosed frogs and many of the legged tadpoles with a small amount of fluorescent elastomer under the skin of the thighs.

Harmless to the critters, this bright orange substance illuminates under black light, allowing biologists to monitor the progress of these individuals as they continue to grow and breed.”

I suppose it’s only a matter of time before you can buy glow-in-the-dark frogs commercially (probably make a fortune selling them at a rave).

Here’s another nice article mentioning how they sometimes cover their eyes when picked up.

Finally, I bought the coolest insect toy (hey, it’s research for the children’s library…yeah, that’s the ticket…): BugBonz

I’m going to have to go back and buy the big set: ExoBonz Deluxe!

Wheeee!

You gotta love a company that makes these toys and publishes some top notch children’s books. Curious Pictures / Curious Toys publishes two of my favorite kids books:

 Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (who, I just now discovered, is the director of Curious Pictures!)

Knuffle Bunny also by Mo Willems

{also found the Barbie “punk butterfly princess” on their site… which is just odd}

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