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March 25, 2010

Frog Lags

In the midst of yet more discussion about health care, furloughs, taxes, rail, and recalled cars comes the big news that a frog the size of a quarter has been captured in Manoa. Yes, the wily coqui frog, just one, has been captured after futile attempts by neighbors. Ah, but how did it get there by its lonely self? The frenetic frog freaks found the croakin' coqui and turned it over to the Department of Agriculture, who is keeping it for education purposes.

No word yet on whether this shrieker will be sent to Guantanamo Bay for further questioning, but the good news is that people will now be sleeping better in at least one neighborhood. Coquis have made homes for themselves in numerous areas in Windward Oahu, on Maui and the Big Island, and their constant high-pitched wails are enough to drive people a bit batty. Insects are also more than happy to have the coquis removed or eliminated so that they can restore their positions as our favorite pests; yes, they really enjoy bugging us.

Some have suggested that caffeine silences the agile amphibians, but that might lead to mutant, wired frogs that won't ever shut up and eat croissants, so let's hope we can calm the cacophonous coqui before it causes more sleepless nights. We have many other items in our lives that already perform that unpleasant function. Think about it…

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