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Girl finds two-headed toad in Hopkinton

The two amphibians are conjoined, un-identical twins. [...] The two toads are stacked on top of each other. The one on the bottom is larger and darker. The larger toad appears to be normal, except for the second toad attached to its back. The toad on top is smaller and a lighter color. Its front legs have grown into the back of the larger frog, and it appears the bottom jaw may be connected to the larger toad's head.

"I don't know how it eats," Amy Dicken, Casey's mother said.

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  1. giles says:

    I have vague memories of a journalism class teaching me to write news stories with the most important information first, then filling it out with less and less important details.

    So of course I'm grateful that they got everyone's cute reactions to the naughty naughty mutant frog before mentioning pollution - perhaps because this implies that conjoined porking frogs might not be a good sign.

    At least we can all sleep easier knowing it (they?) is (are?) in a bucket.

    • josephgrossberg says:

      1) Well, we don't *know* it's because of the pollution. We do *know* what their reactions were. ;)

      2) Now that it's in a bucket, I *really* don't know how it eats. Hope they drop some food in that bucket or get it to the lab real fast.

  2. nategodin says:

    That's called "amplexus", which is Latin for "toad fucking". The real mutant frogs are in Minnesota.

    • giles says:

      I (foolishly) assumed that since they make a toad-fucking joke in the article that somebody had jammed a popsicle stick in there to check what was going on.

      Perhaps the topic can be salvaged if we shift the focus onto the kind of sexual repression that would tell their kid the frogs were mutants instead of explaining the concept of froggy style intercourse.

      • jwz says:

        So wait, you mean that frogs are so enthusiastic that they won't abort the docking maneuver when you pick them up? Now that is focus!

        • giles says:

          I believe the biological term is fuckus.

        • eminence_gris says:

          Three Frenchmen are arguing about the true meaning of savoir-faire.

          The first says, "When you encounter your wife in bed with another man, but you calmly close the door and leave them to their business, then that is savoir-faire."

          The second says, "No. If you encounter your wife in bed with another man, and then say 'Excuse me, please continue,' and then leave them to their business, then that is savoir-faire."

          The third says, "No. If you encounter your wife in bed with another man, and then say 'Excuse me, please continue,' and he can continue, then he has savoir-faire."

  3. msjen says:

    "The larger toad appears to be normal, except for the second toad attached to its back."

    (I can't actually stop laughing long enough to think of something witty to say about this.)