boiling frog


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boiling frog

A problematic situation that will gradually increase in severity until it reaches calamitous proportions, such that the people involved or affected by it will not notice the danger until it is too late to act. It is a metaphor taken from an anecdotal parable about boiling a frog, in which a frog placed in boiling water will immediately try to save itself, but one placed in cool water that is gradually brought to a boil will not notice the heat until it is boiled to death. Drug addiction is often a boiling frog, as many people don't see their addiction as problematic until it has consumed their lives.
See also: boiling, frog
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In 2012 he and co-author Robert Roach published The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline.
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The tale of the boiling frog, if you don't know it, goes thus: if you place a frog near boiling water it will sense the danger and escape as quickly as possible.
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Defense mechanisms are well illustrated by the legendary boiling frog story.
We are not daft boiling frogs both complicit in and oblivious to our own demise.
Frankensteins, the eminent scientists in Loomis's castle would stay up all night boiling frogs with high-frequency beams, transplanting beating turtle hearts into petri dishes, poisoning themselves with experimental bathtub gin, and furgling one another's wives.
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They perhaps had visions and used herbs to heal people but they certainly weren't boiling frogs and that kind of thing