I'm a tadpole trying to be a frog.

by - May 04, 2010

I'm a really horrible blogger as of late. Sure there are reasons for this - namely the decline of my time management skills, i.e. my morning naps have become way more important.

I feel like I've been going 90 to nothin' these past couple of weeks. Sweeps started on Thursday, as did the debut of the new format for my show, which I must say has been highly successful. Sweeps adds a lot of stress to life. It's that period of approximately 30 days - I lose count after the first 10 - in which every little detail has to be perfect. Ratings are a pain, especially this time around since the morning show's improved so significantly in the last sweeps period.

I keep wondering why they call it sweeps. I think it has to be because they take all of the mistakes, no matter how insignificant, and sweep them all into a giant pile to be analyzed at the end of the 30 day period. The bigger your pile, the lower your rating. Hence, your goal is perfection. And we all know that perfection isn't an achievable goal...

Wow. I didn't mean to get lost on that road, but there ya go. Now you know what I've been going through and can have some inkling of why sleep is so gosh-darned important right now!

I've talked about kickers before, right? I'm sure I have, but I'll reiterate. The kicker is the last story of my newscast. Something upbeat and positive or funny that lets the viewers start their day with a happy thought and a smile. Animal stories are always a good choice. People love animals.

Well today I found this story about tadpoles. I'm not sure what kind the ones in the picture up there are. They all look the same to me. Anyway, these scientists in Argentina were doing something with Pacman frog tadpoles - yes, Pacman - when they discovered that the little guys shrieked whenever they took them out of the water. So then they video-taped them to see if that was the only instance. They also shriek whenever they bump into each other or feel like they're being attacked, and judging by the video I watched of it that happens a lot. Anyway, this is the first time anyone has ever heard anything like this in a tadpole. Up 'til now, people have just assumed they were silent little creatures swimming around in a pool of bliss.
This is what a fully grown Pacman frog looks like, by the way. I don't know why it's named after Pacman. I was lazy and didn't look that up. I guess it kind of resembles Pacman a little... ?


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  1. Maybe the frogs run around in a maze avoiding ghosts? :P

  2. Well in the video I used for the show they were swimming around in this little tub, and there were a whole bunch of 'em so it was like a maze of tadpoles. And they were all trying to avoid one another.

  3. It's because they have a very large mouth, and they are the only frogs with teeth, so they will try to eat anything that moves in front of them, hence the similarties to pacman, there real name is "Argentine Horned Frogs" as they have two small horns between there eyes.

    They are very nice pets, I currently have an Albino Pacman, ans she just tunred 3, she started eating small mice at around 6 months, and now, she can eat full size rats! xD Also, an Albino Pacman is Yellow!

  4. what kind is the full grown one?