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Totally Cool
The Magazine
outtakes and misc.
Richard Renda
Editorial Director
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Laurie S. Schechter
"World's First Vogue Style Editor"
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Section 1:
The MagaZine
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The Smokey Jungle Frog when not careful becomes lunch or dinner for the native people. They are
also sold as delicacies at high priced eateries around the world. Other large frogs in Central and
South America are also used for gourmet cooking. Photos by "On The Spot Reporter" Richard Renda.
Story by Laurie Schechter and Richard Renda.
"The Official Editorial Authority"
A white "Laboratory Frog" being very happy just hanging around. Clawed frogs make ideal lab animals because they are
easy to raise, take little space, and are sensitive to environmental changes. Scientists have used frogs to study muscle
function, pregnancy tests, and experiments in cloning. The first frog was cloned 30 years before Dolly the Sheep.
The Frog's Skeleton is built for
jumping. We always thought the
hands were rather interesting.
Somewhat human looking. The
long back legs unfold in an
explosive burst of movement as
the short heavy bones in the front
act as shock absorbers when
Ramps & Amps
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An Adventure in Frogs
An adventure in
And you
haven't seen
anything yet.
Above and left below is the Waxy Monkey Frog ... also known as Sticky Fingers. The Toe Pads of most tree frogs are
covered with tubular cells standing on end. These tiny bristles compress and bend under pressure allowing the toe
pad to "form fit" over irregular surfaces. Mucus on the tips of the bristles allows them to stick to just about anything.
Most tree frogs can climb straight up trees, cling to undersides of leaves, or hang preposterously from a branch by
one toe. At right is the Smokey Jungle Frog (aka Frog Legs). Smokey Jungle Frogs are excellent jumpers, but their
powerful thigh muscles often land them on human dinner plates. One species from the Dominican Republic has
actually been eaten to the brink of extinction. Local people refer to these endangered frogs as "mountain chicken."
Most frogs and other amphibians hatch as fish-like larvae called Tadpoles. They eventually transform into froglets. A
process called metamorphosis. The tadpole stage can last for days or years depending on the species and weather.
The African Bullfrog. Mean, Green, Eating Machine. African Bullfrogs grow up to 8 inches in diameter and eats
almost anything that moves. They are able to live without food or water for months by digging underground. When
the rains arrive they emerge to eat and mate. The male guards the tadpole as they swim around him for protection.
The West African Goliath Frog
is the world's largest. It can
grow to more than 15 inches
in length and weigh over 7
pounds, about the size of a
newborn human.
Live at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
The American Bullfrog
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