The Frogs of War

Now in poetry as well as in religion there used to be a lot of learning stuff by heart.  And whereas if this is a forced thing without any real understanding, that is not to be encouraged, I think we may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in not doing it at all any more.  I have a book on my shelf called ‘A Poem a Day’, edited by Wendy Cope, which encourages readers to learn a poem by heart every day.  They aren’t long poems so it’s quite doable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poem-Day-One-Wendy-Cope/dp/185619499X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364729382&sr=8-1

But why stop with poetry?  In place of learning, say, the Lord’s Prayer, all children could be taught to recite the laws of thermodynamics.  That ought to please Richard Dawkins, not to mention C P Snow:

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

You could do it to a plainsong chant, like this:

‘Heat-cannot-of-itself-pass-from-a-warm-body-to-a-hot-ter-bo-o-o-dy!’

Try it to this tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuVA_KHDyow

0r you could do a ‘Flanders and Swann’ type rendering:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyeMFSzPgGc

And to our title.  Forget fish – frogs are the way to go, according to an idea Mark has posted on the Half-Bak

about teaching frogs to read.

http://www.halfbakery.com/idea/Teach_20frogs_20to_20read_20Chinese

If you post the Chinese for ‘food’ on one door and the Chinese for ‘sex’ on another door (with food and frogs of the opposite gender behind each, respectively) they will eventually learn to differentiate the two words.  This has exciting possibilities for frog use, notably in the defusing of bombs.  Cry havoc, and let slip the frogs of war!

And finally, here’s today’s top spam comment:

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Spam is usually boring but occasionally it’s great fun.  I’m still wondering who this person’s friend’s princess might be…

And finally, yesterday I had three rejections!  Three!  I shall choose to believe that they were all April Fools and that I have in fact won two competitions and been published in a magazine.

Kirk out

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