If you're looking for more evidence that simply plunging a living being, frog or human, into an already-boiling cauldron will stimulate that creature to bounce out self-protectively, unharmed, consider this recent sad news from Russia:
I will now give this theme a rest again for a while. Really it's my common sense that is offended here, as even trained scientists keep using a boiled-frog metaphor they would realize couldn't possibly be true if they thought about it for one minute. Oh well. On the other hand, I personally believe the moon is made of green cheese.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.