Eating frog legs for dinner? Add a tiny salt to them before cooking and also they could put on a show for you -- also as soon as they"re not attached to the frog"s body.

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It"s an remarkable quirk, yet a pinch of salt deserve to make the legs of dead frogs twitch and also writhe as if they"ve been carried earlier to life, according to an episode of "Outrageous Acts Of Science," a Science Channel series.


Biologist Adam Ruben shelp the twitchy phenomenon happens because some cells still continue to be alive lengthy after the creature is brain dead.

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"If you die, you’ve acquired several cells in you that will certainly be about for weeks to come," he said on the show. "It’s the very same point with these frogs. You have living cells, still attached to workable machinery. So if you can fool those cells right into thinking that they should move, they will actually start to relocate and also flex and perform what cells carry out."


"In this situation, you have the right to fake the signal that the brain is sending salt which has positively charged sodium ions, which is precisely what tells the nerves as soon as to fire," he said on the show. "And so that gets into the nerve cells, they tell the muscle cells to contract, and you have the right to make the frog dance." Not everyone is likely to try the frog leg deserve to can, according to Saar Sadwana, a published scientist and also standup comic.


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