The Most Epic Frog Fail in Glorious High-Speed Video

"Sometimes you catch the fly and sometimes you only catch air." -- A frog proverb
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The New York Times ran a dynamite story on dragonflies yesterday featuring a gallery of animated GIFs of dragonflies in flight. But it was a certain frog that really stole the show. Leaping after a dragonfly perched on top of a branch, the frog opens its massive mouth and extends its webbed feet in a vain attempt to ingest its prey. The fail is so epic and beautiful that even the researcher who created the video, Andrew Mountcastle, named the movie file "frogfail1.


For your viewing pleasure, please find two other gems from his collection -- frogfail2 and Ladybug Flight Fail -- below. The Ladybug Flight Fail is less epic, but more cute. A ladybug falling off a leaf? Every thing has bad days, I guess.

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The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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