Monday, June 09, 2008

Poe Should Have Written A Poem About These Frogs

Because these frogs? They will make you crazy. They're right outside the windows, all around the house, and on nights when there has been some rain, I am actually kept awake. By FROGS. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "What kind of 'Princess and the Pea' syndrome does this woman have going on?" You think I'm over-reacting. That's why I just stepped outside and recorded this--listen for yourself:



Also, note how "KNOCK IT OFF, FROGS," is not the magic phrase.

41 comments:

  1. Wow...that bleating noise in the background is frogs too? Incredible. That's the stuff of nightmares (or would be if you could sleep).

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  2. Yeah, but they're not falling from the sky, in Biblical fashion as in Magnolia right? I see no problem.

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  3. You sure you don't live inside the Rainforest Cafe? (Yes, I am admitting I know what that sounds like.)

    At least it's nature. When I was growing up, the closest I got to Poe was teh Tell-Tale Fart, as all of the guys in my family were particularly gassy.

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  4. DYING!

    That frog in the distant background has some SERIOUS "end of the world" wailing going on.

    For some reason it brought to mind zombies.

    Zombie Frogs.

    Yeah, go to sleep NOW, Belinda!!
    Hehehehe.....

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  5. I used to actually open the window a little bit at my grandmother's out in east Texas to listen to them to fall asleep. I found them calming. . . Obviously (by the sound of your voice there at the end), you don't. . .

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  6. That background moaning sounds like it's coming from a horror movie.

    That's terrible!

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  7. They put me right to sleep:o) Frogs and crickets always worked to put me right out.

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  8. Geez, and I thought the cicadas were bad!

    But do frogs divebomb you and get stuck in your hair? Because that ups the ante considerably.

    I'm right with you though-- I couldn't sleep through that shiz either.

    Have you considered dynamite?

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  9. Oh I am laughing SO HARD! Thanks for sharing on twitter.

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  10. okay. i just peed a little.

    "Ah am standing raht outside mah window."

    they are subdued...


    sorry, B, but i'm rolling.

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  11. Awwww, man! That's seriously obnoxious, but it's is eerily similar to the 17-year cicadas we had last year. They sounded vaguely like Alien Mother Ship trying to make contact with Alien Baby Ship in the next county. In case your cicadas won't be making an appearance for a few years, please enjoy mine from last year ;-) You're welcome.
    http://tinyurl.com/5j2cvf

    -Barb 'n Yogi

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  12. How annoying.

    We've got a CHORUS of birds right now that are keep us up.

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  13. You know, I thought ours were bad. The tree frogs especially. When we are standing out on the deck, if we are using the phone we have to come inside because you couldn't hear. At least it wasn't traffic.

    But you? Have some SERIOUSLY loud frogs going on.

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  14. The frogs listen about as well as my children.

    I am thinking frog legs for dinner, B!

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  15. Dare I offer to trade them for my early morning sparrows? Those birds, while adorable by day, are obnoxious at 4:00 AM.

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  16. WE HAVE FROGS TOO.

    They are of the devil.

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  17. I should also mention that any bad-mouthing of the frogs at my house, not only does not garner any sympathy, but will result in a lengthy and boring lecture from Alex about frogs being a BAROMETER SPECIES. And that's almost worst than the frog noise.

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  18. That is a whole lot of frog action.

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  19. Dude. That is still way better than gunshots and ambulances, which is my nighttime noise in summer.

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  20. I KNOW!!! Seriously. I had forgotten about the sounds of hell from the forest until they all (frogs and bugs) started rehearsing this week. They're now in full performance mode.

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  21. Earplugs?

    Double paned windows?

    Other than that, you are screwed.

    (Oh, and I love your accent. Especially when you yell at the frogs!)

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  22. (Also born and raised in Arkansas--)

    WHAT accent?

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  23. Had I my druthers, I'd just as soon have that outside my window than the Hussy Cat who doesn't realize my boys are fixed. That is a veritable amphibian acapella choir you have there! :)

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  24. Belinda,

    You are NOT thinking about this the "right" way.

    I think it's time to make a audio DVD and sell it on ebay (like the "thunderstorm" relaxation DVD's) and make a fortune.

    BTW...if you do...I get a cut...

    Love ya,
    Lisa

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  25. We have had this chorus for 30 years. I am a "Go Nature" type, yet I cannot sleep with this noise. We turn the window air conditioner on to drown them out. It is funny that the air conditioner is un-natural and louder, but because it is even/constant, it interferes with sleep less. In the spring before it gets warm enough to need the air conditioner at night, we have to turn it on anyway (on fan) for the noise. The frogs quit singing when it gets hot -- it is clearly a temperature thing and not a time-of-year thing because in the summer when we have a rare 'cool spell', they will sing again and in the spring whenever we have a temporary heat wave, they will shut up.

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  26. OMG i am DYING with laughter.

    not at you...but ..just the yelling at the frogs...lol. it's just too weird to not laugh.

    but whoa, they sound like they are dying. I am right there with adena - ZOMBIE FROGS.

    does google have a solution for this? you know, like citronella with bugs?

    z

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  27. I'll take your word for it. Dang work has that video blocked! I cannot even begin to imagine just how bad it is. I usually like the sound of frogs but I guess if I had to try to sleep through a chorus of the damn, it'd be a different story. Have you tried running a fan for the white noise effect?

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  28. Heh. "SHUT UP FROGS!" Never worked for me either.

    When we lived in North Carolina, I could seriously hear the frogs OVER the hurricane winds. Which, for some reason, was oddly reassuring. Sort of a "His eye is on the sparrow" syndrome or something.

    But the rest of the time? I searched for some weapon of frog destruction. Never found one though.

    My best advice is to move to drought-stricken West Texas. The frogs have all dried up and blown away.

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  29. OMG. You are the funniest woman ever. I love you so much for taping this and I'm not even a bit worried about finding humor in your pain.

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  30. That is some serious croaking!! Earplugs?

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  31. you crack me up. I live in Fl and did not know that this was their love sessions. I come home and I hear them and think, why are they getting some and I'm not. The world is so unjust.

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  32. Those are some terrifying zombie-like noises in the background. I wouldn't go outside if I were you. I don't think those are frogs. Whatever they are, they probably eat brains.

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  33. OMG...what's all the moaning in the background? Was someone doing the nasty amongst the frogs?

    Jeez.

    CP

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  34. I've taken to sleeping with a earplugs and lawn-mower style ear muffs supported by a boppy pillow (husband snores, but not as loud as the frogs).

    Try that!

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  35. The frogs suck. But I am thankful for them so I could hear your voice! Oh how I love it when someone says 'y'all'

    *snort*

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  36. Egads! I feel (hear) your pain, friend.
    Some very loud birds have made homes in my front yard trees and wake up at 4 in the morning.
    I have a white noise machine that only makes "air" sounds because the kind that make rain, nature sounds keep me awake. I also have a teddy bear whose nose fits snuggly in my ear. I take them every where I go. Overnight, that is.

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  37. Holy God in heaven, those are the loudest freaking frogs I have ever heard. That is just hysterical.

    I mean, I'm laughing with you, not AT you. Kind of. :)

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  38. OMG that is the freakiest thing ever. I hope I don't have nightmares about how big they must be.

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  39. Our winters are too cold for giant frogs like yours, but we have little ones. The noise level is the same but it's 1 000 000 tiny frogs instead of three giant ones, so it's even and soothing, not nightmare-inducing.

    PS - I want you to read me a book in your adorable Accent!

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  40. Oh good Lord those are freaky frog noises you contend with.

    :: shudder ::

    Nature SUCKS!

    LOL

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