But I did. And it was very, very stupid. So stupid, I had this long and detailed post in mind, expressing my intense bemusement that any sane journalist would write it, or any sane person take it seriously.
The claims came from the Australian Grains and LegumesCouncil. Of course. That such a council exists is news to me, although that they are in the business of pushing their own agenda is hardly surprising. Kinda like the liquor industry forming a council and declaring “people aren’t getting their daily dose of red wine and they’re in danger of anti-oxidant deficiency”. And then a journo runs with it and some people actually believe it.
The intelligence of some human beings is astounding.
But all of this is so predictable and I got bored very quickly. I was hanging up some washing last night and one of our (approximately) 300 green tree frogs was sitting on the line, as they do, just sitting, looking as cool and indifferent as a house cat, an expression on its face that would suggest it had not a care in the world. I imagined it telepathically asking me "why the hell are you wasting your brain cells on such a blatantly idiotic matter?"
It’s hard to think of a more relaxed and placid animal – Litoria caerulea (at least the ones at my house) aren't too fussed if you get close or even pick them up. Found chilling out in pot plants, in your clothes basket or the pocket of your jeans, they only seem to get animated when a monsoonal storm erupts - a deafening choir of croaking, as if they're competing with the sound of the rain on our tin roof.
"Like many frogs, green tree frogs call not only to attract a mate, but also to advertise their location outside the mating season, usually after rain, for reasons that are uncertain to researchers."
Memo to researchers - they're having a massive party, 'cause rain makes them happy. Der.
Green tree frogs are way more interesting than the Grains Council. They're not biased or full of shit for starters. They're also carnivores, with a taste for insects and spiders. Anything that reduces the population of spiders is a hero in my book.
And if you believe wikipedia:
Reading the bit about hunger suppressants, I imagined a morbidly obese person reaching in to their handbag/backpack, pulling out a frog, licking it, and putting it back in. But maybe that's just how MY mind works.
So I guess the point of this post is that I'm trying to unlearn my habit of reading and wasting my time on utter bullshit. It might take some time, but I'm determined to make it work.
I could click on Lack of whole grains putting Australian health at risk and read nonsense like this: "ONLY one third of Australians are consuming enough whole grains and may be putting their health at risk, according to new research."