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A springy catapult tendon is what sends frogs flying far beyond what their muscles alone could achieve, a boffin researching frog jumps has discovered. By attaching metal beads to the shin bones, ankles and leg muscles of frogs and filming them jumping with a 3D X-ray video camera, Henry Astley a biomechanics grad student at …

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Anonymous Coward

10 out of 10 sir!

I doff my cap in respect, sir, for the proper, honest to god, mad scientist side-burns! well played that man!!

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Letter to The Times, 17th November 1887

Sir, With my time machine now complete, I shall travel forward to the twenty first century and use technology beyond imagination or compare to experiment with frogs.

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Awesome

beard....

Didn't notice the frog....

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Trollface

Can I be the first to say...

... that is a serious beard!

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a 3D X-ray video camera - could I have one of these? A hell of a lot of interesting possibilities is entering my mind

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Coat

Is he related...

...to Denzil Dexter?

No.

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Boffin

Frog Experiments

This reminds me of that old frog experiment joke. Take a frog and blow a whistle to make it jump. A frog with 4 legs jumped 4 feet. Cut of one of the legs and blow the whistle again. A frog with 3 legs jumps 3 feet. Cut off another leg. A frog with 2 legs jumps 2 feet. Cut off another. A 1-legged frog jumps only one foot. Cut off the final leg. A frog with no legs is deaf.

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Anonymous Coward

Alternative Caption

I'm getting out of here before this mad hairy bastard starts cutting my legs up...

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Anonymous Coward

Awesome

"Biomechanics grad Henry Astley with a frog: The frog can be explained, the 'burns can't"

The sideburns can be explained by the phrase "Biomechanics grad"...

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Linux

"Why, yes, as it happens I am a Linux user. Why do you ask?"

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Joke

If one conducted the kind of experiment on humans that Galvani conducted on dead frogs legs, I would guess that a human could jump pretty far too

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Pint

'burns?

Those aren't 'burns, it's the anti-ghotee from Row-dye-lan. I wonder if it keeps his ale cold.

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Unhappy

Pity that the way things are going with amphibians these days

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/nov/16/amphibians-terrifying-extinction-threat), Mr Astley & Co may soon have no frogs left on which to experiment....

Henri

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