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£20,000/week for plastic toads…and you thought your city gov’t was nuts.

A (city) council is to spend £200,000 on 65 giant fibreglass toads to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of poet Philip Larkin. The oversized amphibians will be displayed at locations around Hull for 10 weeks later this year, reports the Daily Telegraph.

“This project is designed to spark interest in Larkin’s poetry among people who are made curious by the unexpected presence of their local toad,” says a Hull City Council report.The move is intended to honour Larkin’s two poems, Toads and Toads Revisited. The poet completed many of his most important works while working as a librarian at Hull University.

via Ananova – Council to honour poet with toads.

If you’re curious enough you can find Mr. Larkins toad poems here and here.

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on £20,000/week for plastic toads…and you thought your city gov’t was nuts.

Frog crossing?

An animal protection group is urging French authorities to build special crossings to save millions of frogs and toads from being squashed on the country’s roads (on their way to their wetland breeding grounds.)

Their solution? Driver education, basically don’t run over frogs, toads and newts, and the construction of frog tunnels under the road. No word on who is going to teach the frogs, toads and newts to use the tunnels.

via Telegraph.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb protesters, Dumb Stuff | , , | Comments Off on Frog crossing?