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A South Korean woman's refusal to swallow scuppered her cunning plan to smuggle tadpoles out of China, Shanghaiist reports. The unnamed frog-lover was pulled over at Guangzhou Airport on 16 March, when security operatives spotted she had a bottle of liquid in her luggage, contrary to anti-improvised-exploding-trouser legislation …

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Face full of tadpoles

I suppose that arriving at the check-out desk, after having facially received a wad of wet wobblers, wouldn't have been a very subtle idea either.

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A girl that

A girl that won't swallow is impolite.

Etiquette has been breached here.

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Oh! —you mean *actual* tadpoles

Being unfamiliar with the word "porwiggle" and given the general "sniggering behind the bikesheds" tone of the proceedings around these parts, I thought this story was euphemistically referring to that other liquid containing 'tadpoles' which Marc Almond would [allegedly!] have no trouble in smuggling past airport security.

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Re: Oh! —you mean *actual* tadpoles

Ditto, then i realised this is the Reg, the bastion for all thats true in the world...

Its why i love 'El Reg!!!

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Re: Oh! —you mean *actual* tadpoles

Well, if 'porwigle' isn't a euphemism for 'that other liquid containing tadpoles', it jolly well should be!

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Re: Oh! —you mean *actual* tadpoles

Me too! I was expecting this story to have been filed under "Fertility" but then again El Reg doesn't have a section for bun in the oven tech does it! I should have known!

oops edited 'cos I cant spell "Fertility"

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Was it a Coca Cola bottle?

http://www.snopes.com/cokelore/tadpole.asp

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Why?

Okay, WHY did she have a gob full of tadpoles? As she had a bottle of water with her, why didn't she keep them in that? We should be told!

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Re: Why?

I think you need to read the story again...

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Re: Why?

'I think you need to read the story again...'

Okay, I read it again. And?

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Re: Why?

Let's take it in stages: First learn to read; then read the story.

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'Let's take it in stages: First learn to read; then read the story.'

Don't be a dick. Just explain.

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Re: Why?

I think ketlan is under the mistaken impression that she was walking around with porwigle in her mouth, (like some sort of brooding cichlid), and that the bottle contained just water.

It might be that this phrase...

"the airline's strict no-flying-with-baby-frogs-in-your-mouth policy",

...is the cause of his confusion.

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Re: Why?

<sigh>

1) airport security asked her to test the liquid in a bottle to prove it wasnt harmful by drinking it.

2) she took a mouthful but wouldnt swallow.

3) when she spat it out it had tadpoles in it.

4) security let her on her way after confiscating the tadpole infested liquid.

I assume the authorities dont examine the bottles too much they simply see liquid and ask the person to quaff it. I also assume that since moving tadpoles are quite visible in clear water the bottle was in some way opaque or the liquid was some way opaque.

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Right guys - let's keep it civilised.

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'I think ketlan is under the mistaken impression that she was walking around with porwigle in her mouth, (like some sort of brooding cichlid), and that the bottle contained just water.'

Precisely. Right, and thank you, Danny14. Got it now.

I'm not always this dense you know. Only on Wednesdays (geddit).

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You are not alone :)

On first reading I was confused about the original location of the tadpoles as well.

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Re: Why?

Right guys - let's keep it civilised.

Civilised? This is El Reg we're talking about here!

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Story of my life.

I gave a girl tadpoles and she wouldn't even swallow.

Paris, because she knows what to do with the young pollywogs.

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She refused because she'd just read New Scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2013/03/mouth-breeding-frog.html

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She should have brought dried frog pills instead

so she could hallucinate she was sane.

but then she would probably be able fly without needing a plane

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Doomed

The tadpoles were dead anyway the minute they entered her mouth. They are terribly fragile creatures and extremely sensitive to changes in PH. Most people don't know that even after touching some barehanded in the wild and releasing them, apparently unharmed, they often die a few hours later.

My wife led a large tadpole study years ago and this is the only reason I know this. I am in no way a tadpole expert.

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I am in no way a tadpole expert.

That's what they all say..

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It could have been worse...

She could have been caught with a case of crabs!

I'm going... Mines the one with a jar of tadpoles in the pocket.

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Smuggling tadpoles

Why?

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Re: Smuggling tadpoles

Would you prefer that she were smuggling plums?

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Cane Toads

Maybe she was an environmental terrorist who was trying to smuggle Cane Toads?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_toad

Dave

P.S. I'll get my coat; it's the one making croaking noises.

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