To prove a point known only to him, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck throws a frog in boiling water (maybe). It’s not entirely clear from the video that Beck actually did what he said he did:
“You know the old saying, if you put a frog into boiling water, he’s going to jump right out, because he’s scalding hot, but if you place the frog in lukewarm water and gradually raise the temperature, it won’t realize what’s happening and die?”
Once and for all people, this assertion is a myth. As Wikipedia puts it, German physiologist Friedrich Goltz “demonstrated that frogs will indeed remain in slowly heated water, but only if their brain is removed” — see “Turns out humans are not like slowly boiling frogs “¦ we are like slowly boiling brainless frogs.”
Now if anyone on the planet is proof that our species is like slowly boiling brainless frogs — that we should drop one of the sapiens, and, provisionally put the other one in quotes, so we are Homo “sapiens” sapiens — that would be Glenn “Almost everyone who does believe in global warming is a socialist” Beck.
But here’s the ironic thing about Beck’s rant — his big complaint against Obama here is that, yes, “he’s forced us to think”:
Barack Obama has galvanized the country, because of the sheer size of the bills he’s proposed, and the number of the bills, the urgency he’s placing on the bills. He’s forced us to think! And get involved! We have — not like John McCain, been boiled slowly — we have been tossed quickly into boiling water, and don’t forget what happens! What happens when you throw ‘em in! When you throw ‘em in, frogs into boiling water![throws frog in, nothing happens]
Okay…forget the frog. [pause] I swear I thought they jumped right out. But they don’t.
As HuffingtonPost notes, “Beck apparently palmed a rubber frog.” Indeed Beck then says:
“Forget about the Republicans, because most of them are fake. Forget about the Democrats, because most of them are fake. And forget about the frog, because it was fake!”
Forget about Beck. He’s all too real — but brainless.
I kind of like a President who makes us think. Lord knows, nobody would ever have accused our previous president of having done that….