Ripley would be proud of the five-legged frog

Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 03:50 PM.

The headline hopped off the page: “Five-legged frog found in Jacksonville.” I like local papers covering local stuff, and that definitely qualifies as “local.”

Things like this happen everywhere on the planet, but folks tend to focus only on “their” own freaks. Nature’s anomalies seldom pique national interest.

But every now and then, particularly weird physical changes impact all of us. For example, some people in government have developed startling characteristics. Lately many politicians have grown extra faces, which is confusing and sometimes downright scary.

Thankfully there’s no linkage between physiological morphing in politics and the frog thing, although both can impact businesses. Shaving for two-faced politicians has to be a nightmare but is no doubt wonderful for Gillette.

Our frog thing likewise has possible economic benefits. Frog legs are good to eat, so a strain of the amphibians with extra extremities bodes well for that industry.

It could even be good for the country. President Obama throws money at “green” jobs in hopes some benefits will sprout. What could be greener than a frog factory?

But alas, our frog is just a freak, not a mutation; therefore, the extra digit won’t be carried by its future tadpole generations. Surely geneticists are working on this. I’d be surprised if Colonel Sanders didn’t dream about growing chickens with twice the drumsticks.

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