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As a postscript to last week's Ventblockers II shocker, we felt we had to share a final image with you, giving a pretty good idea as to why this particular video card croaked it: Mummified frog on video card A shaken Richard Boyle explains that he and his colleagues down at Sneakers Computers in Courtenay, British Columbia …


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  1. Warren 2


    As to how the frog got in their, I haven't the froggiest idea.

  2. Paul Rogers

    Isn't it obvious?

    meta-material croaking device

  3. Pete 2 Silver badge

    Someone's gotta say it

    > so we don't know how it got in.

    Kermit protocol? (multi-hop, of course)

  4. Tanuki
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    Not bugs but...

    I wish I'd taken pics of the failed H-P LaserJet-II I once had to strip.

    It lived somewhere damp. And was regularly used to print envelopes. Seems it had become home to a family of snails, who had developed an envelope-glue-eating habit as well as dying in interesting ways in the mechanism.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Clearly, a Transporter...

    Was the Video card used for developing SciFi video?

  6. HollyHopDrive

    There is always one...

    Are you sure thats not just a configuration jumper on the board?

    Sorry, I'll leave quietly......

    1. CD001

      You sir,

      ... can have the gold star for best frog/PC related pun - ever.

  7. Disco-Legend-Zeke

    Maybe... was a lot smaller when it entered.

    1. Uncle Slacky Silver badge


      This is the same theory used to explain how frogs come to be found entombed (sometimes alive) in coal or rocks (or building foundations*) - it's possible that they entered when small and fed on insects which also entered through small holes.

      *"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal..."

      1. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

        *"Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal...

        Oh my god...I thought I was old. You remember that one. You must be ancient! :P

    2. Annihilator


      But what did it live off in order to grow that big?

      1. Yesnomaybe



      2. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

        It lived off memory leaks...

        ..And then it tried to eat off page zero...



    3. Rob - Denmark

      Living off ... what?

      Yeha, it has probably grown by eating bugs in the computer.

      1. Fluffykins Silver badge

        Yeah, it was probably a Windows machine

        Wouldn't have grown as big in a Ubuntu box - fewer bugs.

    4. Neil Hoskins
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      You get the same thing with some kind of crevice-dwelling toad in Canada IIRC. They just crawl into a little cave whilst small, then just wait for the prey to come to them, and get bigger, and bigger...

    5. Colin McKinnon

      Maybe it was smaller...

      ..then ate all the bugs?

  8. Efros


    Angela Lansbury when you need her?

    1. Asgard

      Mystery solved

      "Where's Angela Lansbury when you need her"

      She is doing time for multiple murders and framing people to sell her books.

      As for the video nasty croaked carcass cadaver, thats the new must have graphics card technology leap forward.

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Frog != Toad

    It's a toad, doofuses.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Frog != Toad

      You can tell from that? I'm impressed.

      I saved a toad from getting squashed in the road recently. It was definitely a toad rather than a frog, but I could only tell because it wasn't dessicated and stuck to a bit of a PC. I picked it up with my bare hands because I am well 'ard.

      1. Alan 6

        I'm willing to bet

        you kissed it just in case...

    2. I'm Brian and so's my wife

      Plural of doofus?

      Doofii, shirley?

      1. JDB

        RIP Mr. Nielsen

        It's Doofi, and don't call me Shirley.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      @ Big Dumb Guy 555

      > It's a toad, doofuses.

      The plural is 'doofi'


      1. I'm Brian and so's my wife


        It's doofii, but that's not important right now.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        The plural

        of English words ending in -us is often problematic, as evidenced by the common disagreement over whether a word should become pluralised by adding -es or by removing the -us and adding -i or even -ii.

        Obviously, what is right is what is in common usage, so in a sense, everyone who uses one of the above is 'right', if enough other people use it.

        But tempers get heated and there is a desire among us grammar nazis to see mere normal people use the 'right' form.

        What should guide people into forming correct plurals of -us ending words is a knowledge of how the word is derived from Greek or Latin.

        This knowledge is increasingly rare these days. Its absence is a sure sign of State rather than Private education.

        Contrary to common belief, many -us ending words do not pluralise 'correctly' by replacing the -us with -i, but simply by adding -es:

        Octopus - derivation Greek. Plural Octopuses.

        Bus - derivation Greek. Plural buses.

        Virus - derivation Latin. No Latin plural. English plural viruses

        Syllabus - derivation Latin. Plural syllabuses


        Prospectus - derivation Latin. Plural prospecti

        Ignoramus - derivation Latin. Technically already a plural (of ignoro).

        Whatever you do here to pluralise, ignorami is incorrect.

        As readers of Register are all geniuses, they will be pleased to know that the correct plural of genius is not genii, but as I have indicated, geniuses.

        When in doubt, google authoritative sources, do not put what you believe to be right as it is so often wrong

        Have a nice day


        Doofus - derivation the American gutter. Plural - whatever you like

        1. Mostor Astrakan


          "Bus - derivation Greek. Plural buses."

          You spend ages waiting for a bus, and then all of a sudden loads of bi come by!

          1. Mr Grumblefish


            but do you really want to admit to getting on a bi.

        2. Michael Chester

          Bus != Greek

          It's a shortened form of omnibus (for everyone) in Latin.

          And the -ii form is wrong for everything (it happens when replacing the -us with -i in a word ending -ius e.g. radius-radii)

          Also, technically octopus/platypus - octopodes/platypodes since these come from the Greek, but hardly anyone uses those.

          I half-remember a poem about the plural of rhinoceros, but cant find a link to it


    4. Cameron Colley

      @Big Dumb Guy 555

      Since there is no actual difference between a "Frog" and a "Toad" you can call it either.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: @Big Dumb Guy 555

        It's an honour to have you here, Mr Attenborough.

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Differences :

        Toads and frogs have many similarities, including the way they look. But there are some basic differences between them. Toads have dry, warty skin, while frogs have smooth, wet skin. Frogs have tiny teeth on both upper and lower jaws, while toads lack any teeth. Frogs have longer hind legs than toads. So frogs jump, while toads hop. Female toads lay there eggs them in long, parallel strings, while female frogs lay their eggs singly, in small or large clumps, on the water surface.

        1. Nasorenga

          frog == toad

          "A distinction between frogs and toads, though common in popular culture, is not made in taxonomy."

          - Wikipedia article on "Toad"

          1. Anonymous Coward

            Sort of...

            All toads are frogs, but there is a taxonomic distinction in that true toads are all members of the bufonidae family. By either measure its a frog. I call Rana pipiens.

          2. Anonymous Coward


            Moron ! you say that there is no distinction in taxonomy as in the wiki article , you don't understand taxonomy .

            Saying there is no distinction made in taxonomy between frogs and toads is irrelevant as this is like saying a domestic cat is no different than a lion.

            As I said before frogs and toads are different in response to a post saying they are the same , I know I'm correct so why don't you go and educate yourself .

  10. Anonymous Coward


    Things get bigger when heated? Graphics cards get hot..

  11. Lottie

    giving a pretty good idea as to why this particular video card croaked it

    Because the frog wasn't DirectX 9 certified?

  12. Graham Bartlett

    Frog jokes

    Wow, toadally mummified. Incidentally...

    Little Johnny is out playing in the garden when the vicar comes past.

    "What are you doing there, Johnny?"

    "Stuffing a firework up a frog's arse, vicar."

    "That's 'rectum', Johnny."


    "Damn right it did, vicar!"

    1. Disco-Legend-Zeke

      Alternate Punchline...


      Rectum, hell, killedem.

  13. Graham Bartlett

    Never mind the frogs

    When you've got Miss Piggy mummified in your PC case, be worried!

  14. Sceptic Tank Silver badge

    Frogger is dead.

    Apparently you can judge the health of an environment by the condition of its frog population.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How did it get in?

    Perhaps with help from Tadpole Technology?

  16. Natalie Gritpants

    Getting in was easy

    It simply pressed the cdrom button, jumped on board and went for a ride.

    Once inside it realized it had forgotten the USB to serial port adapter so it couldn't log in with it's smartphone.

    Once it had finished eating all the bugs and spiders inside it croaked.

  17. Anonymous Coward

    Frogs have form for this sort of thing...

    This sort of thing has been going on since the 1800's...

  18. Dick Pountain


    Obvious, someone virtualised a tadpole and sent in its virtual image over Ethernet.

  19. Blofeld's Cat

    Dried frog?

    Bursar! Those pills don't work on PCs not even the extra-strength ones!

    It's the octarine one with the other dimension in a pocket.

  20. JeffyPooh

    Known science

    It was the same way that Douglas Adams got the sofa up the stairs.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Swam in

    as a tadpol, then lived on flies until it finally croaked due to old age.

  22. Andy 115

    Trying to escape...

    ...from the advances of an amorous monkey?

  23. Glitterball


    Hmmm, another dead animal found in a PC in Canada?

    Is he about to launch a music career?

  24. Alan Esworthy


    the plural of doofus is "committee"

    1. Dangermouse

      plural #2

      I personally always thought the plural of doofus was "Parliament"...

  25. Martin Kirk

    Me too

    About 8 years ago I too found a dead frog in one of the servers in my lounge. Somehow it must have got in through a missing blanking plate. I can only assume it was trying to get away from my cat!

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Definitely a toad

    They can squish themselves very thin if necessary.

    1. Scott A. Brown


      Is there nothing more necessary in the life of a toad than for that toad to squeeze into a PC?

  27. andrewoid
    Paris Hilton

    Naughty user

    ...spent too long on various spawn sites.

  28. stucs201

    How did it die?

    Did it kermit suicide?

  29. HooHah!

    I couldn't put the article down

    It was ribbiting.

  30. Graham Newton

    Dead frogs

    We have a pond with frogs in it. When then die they do tend to bloat and then float to the surface presumably because of gases being created and held inside the frog. Really nice to remove -- not!

    So I suspect that is what happened in this case and was probably aided by the heat as a previous commenter has noticed.

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      Re: Dead frogs

      "....I suspect that is what happened in this case..."

      What? It was already in the graphics card when the machine was assembled and when it died it floated to the surface?

  31. RollinPowell

    Good VGA card

    Too bad the VGA card died, it had over 4 teraHOPS of power.

  32. liontaur


    It got in the case before the build was complete and then managed to hide during the build and then was overclocked.

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Presidents of the United States of America


    Anyone else remember the song Body by the above band?

    "Little killer froggy,

    Where did you hop?

    Under the entertainment center

    Realize you just couldn't stop

    Worms found a hole in your booty they could enter and

    I can't get your body out of my mind

    I can't get your body out of my mind"


  34. Stuart Duel

    gecko & roach catcher

    Computer and other electronic gear are the favourite hiding places for geckos and roaches so the frog probably had a meal ticket in its metal cage until it croaked.

  35. yeehaw....

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    THINK OF THE SAVINGS! We can add value with our product as well as increase YOUR sales by GOING GREEN and SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT!!

    Now how many Green Frog Fanless Heatsinks© can I anticipate for your first order of video cards?


    Running for the door.....

  36. MarkM

    Boring suggestion, but ....

    Has the notion that this is a prank not been considered?

    Looks like a variation on the anchovy-in-the-aircon trick. I'd be looking, with some suspicion, at anyone else who had physical access to that machine.

  37. Stuart Halliday

    Looks like a Hymenochirus boettgeri

    DAF or Dwarf African Frog - Hymenochirus boettgeri are common aquatic pets sold by the likes of your local aquarium shop.

    If your tank top is not secured, they often jump out and move towards dark places.

    It can't survive more than 20 mins out of water however...

    They grow to about 2.5" long


    I keep a few myself in an aquarium next to my computer.

  38. Lover of Taxon


    Common names of animals often do not reflect their taxonomic status. It's what happens when you name things before you find out how they're related. Thus, saying that there is no taxonomic difference between frogs and toads is sort of true. There are many named 'toads' that are not true toads (belonging to family bufonidae). Just like not all 'bugs' are true bugs (belonging to Hemiptera). Pill bugs, for example, are actually crustaceans.

    This seems to me extremely different from saying a domestic cat (Felis catus) is the same thing as a lion (Panthera leo), which are two distinct lineages of a larger family, Felidea. True toads, on the other hand, branch off within the Anurans (frogs), and therefore the term "frog" must either mean nothing scientifically or include the toads. I suppose we could say that toads are specialized frogs. Just like we can say that birds are specialized reptiles. (More specifically, specialized dinosaurs!)

    Anyway, stop being such a jerk.

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    a lesson for all of us

    this is why water cooling your PC is never a good idea.

  40. Chris Hunt


    Somebody must've installed Kermit on that machine.

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Be glad it wasn't the back of a CRT... or an ancient tube.

    My oldish 13" TV (a Telefunken, google that!) had been working for 20 years without a hitch, except a gecko entered its premises and touched the high voltage circuitry / flyback...

    ...while I was watching it. The reason I know? A 3 foot spark leaped of it, and it caused a black strip just as long in the wall. I leave to you how it caused a scorched mark in the wall, or what was the (previous) composition of the resulting black soot in the said wall.

    Suffice to say the tech only found half of gecko inside the TV.

    Yeeewwww gross.

  42. ahkiwi

    Frog or Hamster?

    So ... is the frog an upgrade to the hamster powered server or are the hamsters an upgrade to the frog powered server?

    Which came first ?!

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