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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Barmy Prince Charlie - now we're all boiled frogs

The plants have clearly been talking back to Prince Charles this time, as he compares humanity to the behaviour of frogs in boiling water...
British tabloid The Sun reports the heir to the throne made his comments in the Amazon while on a tour of South America to raise awareness of climate change.

“The trouble is it's the old boiled frog syndrome," he said. "You can’t tell if you are in the water that it is gradually heating up. You just get used to the heat and you don’t notice until suddenly it reaches boiling point and it’s too late to do anything about it.”

Boiled frog syndrome refers to the idea that if you put a frog into boiling water it will jump out, but if you put it in cold water and slowly raise the temperature, it will be boiled alive. It isn’t true – when the water gets hot the frog will jump out, but it does make a nice metaphor.

So where is all this heat, your Royal Highness? Have a look at the global temperature record, and try again:



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