Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Exploding Toads at Hamburg's Pond of Death
Three years ago, Hamburg, Germany found itself at the center of a bizarre and disgusting phenomenon. Over the space of a few months, thousands of ordinary toads inexplicably exploded. The explosions generally took place between 2 and 3 AM near a small pond that eventually became known as the "pool of death." Like a scene from a science fiction film, the toads would begin to swell, expanding to more than three times their normal size, and then . . . pop.
Scientists speculated that a fungus, pollutant or virus might be behind the explosions. But the truth was far more vile. If you dare, you can find out here. No snakes were involved, but it's still nature at its most disgusting.