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majroj
An invisible frog hair from and invisible flying frog - now there's something you don't read about in any science magazine.

posted by johnmacnab on June 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM | link to this | reply

TAPS
Yeuch!  I'd hate to meet that on a dark and stormy night, Taps.

posted by johnmacnab on June 3, 2010 at 10:02 AM | link to this | reply

Whacky
You could be right, Whacky - or was it Shrek?  mmm?

posted by johnmacnab on June 3, 2010 at 10:01 AM | link to this | reply

Azur
No pressure at all, Azur. 

posted by johnmacnab on June 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM | link to this | reply

So fine you cannot see it.
Haven't heard that in a, in a...decades.

posted by majroj on June 3, 2010 at 6:59 AM | link to this | reply

The hairy frog (of Africa) -

  Looks rather coarse to me.  What's so fine?

posted by TAPS. on June 2, 2010 at 9:52 PM | link to this | reply

I think Kermit
the frog made that saying up...or maybe it was his girlfriend Miss Piggy.

posted by Whacky on June 2, 2010 at 7:18 PM | link to this | reply

Looking forward to your inspirations
No pressure there.

posted by Azur on June 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM | link to this | reply

mantohave
It is certainly odd, mantohave.

posted by johnmacnab on May 28, 2010 at 5:28 AM | link to this | reply

TAPS
Thanks you Taps.  From what I can gather, it is a saying from the past, and I've been trying to understand why.  Going by Northsage's comment about using a frog's hair to snap a burned matchsticks, it is probably going out of fashion because fewer people smoke, therefore less matches are being used.  The smokers in this part of the world are nearly all French Canadians, which is another oddity. [There is also the fact that less children are being born and us auld yins are popping off]

posted by johnmacnab on May 28, 2010 at 5:25 AM | link to this | reply

shobana
It's nice to see you shobana.  From the other comments I think it is more likely a saying to keep children amused.

posted by johnmacnab on May 28, 2010 at 5:18 AM | link to this | reply

sam444
Thanks for your input sam444.  It sounds as if it is a saying from the past.

posted by johnmacnab on May 28, 2010 at 5:16 AM | link to this | reply

Interesting
Interesting but odd.

posted by mantohave on May 27, 2010 at 10:39 AM | link to this | reply

"finer than frogs hair" is a term that fills me with nostalgia because my beloved father used it now and then.  But, I surely haven't heard many people use it.

posted by TAPS. on May 26, 2010 at 6:56 AM | link to this | reply

This is the first time I have heard that phrase, maybe it sells properties really fast..a real estate jargon. Thank you for stopping by.

posted by shobana on May 25, 2010 at 11:59 PM | link to this | reply

I have heard it before, too! It was way back in my childhood, an uncle said it a lot!

posted by sam444 on May 25, 2010 at 10:10 PM | link to this | reply

Pat_B
'Drunk as a boiled owl' has me baffled, Pat.  We used to use 'yous' or 'yous yins' to pluralize in Scotland.  We also used 'Eh?' as a question, and were always being told to say 'what?' not Eh!.  Later on when we became teenagers we were told that it wasn't 'what?' but 'pardon?'  Then I come to a country where the question is famously 'Eh?'

posted by johnmacnab on May 25, 2010 at 7:10 PM | link to this | reply

I first heard "finer 'n frog hair" when I moved to Illinois
back in the pioneer days. It reminds me of the down home folks I found here, the women baked pies, made memory quilts for new brides or babies, and used the term "you-uns" or "yous" to pluralize "you."  "Y'all" was a Georgia thing at the time, but our colloquialisms are mixing these days, and regional dialects and sayings have been carried to all points. Frog hair, hen's teeth, alligator tears, dumb like a fox, drunk as a boiled owl...   

posted by Pat_B on May 25, 2010 at 6:15 AM | link to this | reply

northsage_45
Ha!  Thank you Northsage_45.  I used to do the self same trick with my brats, but I can't remember what it was we ostensibly plucked from mid air.  I'll cast my memory net back to friends in auld Scotia and see if they can remember.

posted by johnmacnab on May 25, 2010 at 5:20 AM | link to this | reply

Maybe it's a midwestern saying, but we say that all the time, in Michigan.
    I used to entertain the brats with a trick where I burn a wooden match until there is little left of it, but a withered black charstick atop an unburned stub. I would search the air for a floating piece of frog hair, and grab it quickly, before a stray breeze can carry it off. The kids were squinting, trying without success to see the frog hair, while I surreptitiously hooked a fingernail onto the bottom of the unburned part of the match. I made a big show of wrapping the invisible frog hair around the blackened top portion, then with a quick tug, (and an unseen fingernail flick) the match breaks into pieces, astounding the skeptical children. Then they wander off arguing about which of them is so blind, that they could not see all those fine frog hairs, floating in the air.

posted by northsage_45 on May 25, 2010 at 12:19 AM | link to this | reply

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