This essay Diagnostic Essay has a total of 647 words and 4 pages.
Picture it. You are walking down the sidewalk one afternoon. The beautiful day seems to be holding so much in store for you. The sun is shining, flowers are in full bloom, birds are chirping in the distance. One could almost past this picture-perfect setting off as a scene in a Disney movie. The suddenly, you see it sitting there in your path. You try to look away as quickly as possible, but it is too late.
The strong hands of Mother Nature grip your neck with all of her power. Your dry, sweltering mouth begins to gasp short breaths. Your arms tremble, legs numb, and your spine becomes engulfed with cold, but somehow hot, chill-bumps that seem as though they are the size of dimes. The picture-perfect atmosphere surrounding you has suddenly been replaced with dark, rolling thunderclouds forcing you to isolate yourself from this nasty world for the rest of the day. These are common anxiety related feelings I feel on a weekly basis. I suffer from Ranidaphobia. The weapon of my destruction, you may ask. The answer is surprising to most. Maybe because it is just a little frog.
I remember watching television when I was little. One of the stations had a frog as a mascot, a basic advertising scheme. Most would think he was a cute little fellow with his little top hat and cane, singing an old song my grandmother would enjoy listening to on a regular basis. However, in my living room, it was a different picture. I sat there clenching my jaw, wondering who was out to get me with the annoying, disgusting creature dancing on the screen. I am not exactly sure when my fear began, or why it had to involve such a common creature. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure, frogs are by far the most vile, terrifying members of the planet that I have ever come across.
The first time my family realized there was a problem was my junior year of High
School. Like all of my acquaintances, I had just received my license and was driving a new Sports Utility Vehicle. However, shortly after I received my vehicle, I almost totaled it into a tree. What could cause me to lose my pride and joy? While driving to the beach and singing to the radio, I noticed one of those vicious, slimy animals in the floorboard. All I could think about was getting out of the car, no matter what means I went about in doing so. There went my new SUV and part of my dignity as well. Nevertheless, none of that really mattered to me, as long as the frog was out of my sight.
I realize some people may see me as drastic or even a little crazy at times, but Ranidaphobia is actually not that far fetched. According to the Center for Phobias located in Colorado, nearly 2 million people have some sort of form of this particular phobia in the United States. There are several programs designed for people who suffer from Ranidaphobia, including methods for curing. I, however, have not yet decided I am ready for that. Frogs still use those gross, slimy long legs to hop through my head on a daily basis.
A girl I grew up with must have worn an article of clothing with a frog plastered on it, in some form, everyday for 10 years. It seems obviously difficult to survive my Algebra 2 class sitting behind the notorious frog lover. Recently, I have been able to understand that for some odd reason some people enjoy the vile amphibians. In fact, I realize my disorder is all about me and not everyone else should be associated with it. After all, my absolute favorite food is fried frog legs.
Topics Related to Diagnostic Essay
Amphibians, Frog, 9
Essays Related to Diagnostic Essay
Population OvergrowthPopulation Overgrowth Image this: One day, you wake up and 240,000 more people are living in your mansion. It is a big mansion with normally ample supplies to sustain your lifestyle. However, with 240,000 more people inhabiting that same area, it has become cramped and small. The next day, 240,000 people more come to live with you. This happens everyday for many years, soon supplies start to stretch thin and space starts to be a rarity. Unfortunately, this is not fiction. It is reality. Everyday
The Ear and Hearing LossThe Ear and Hearing Loss The ear is the organ of hearing and balance in vertebrates. The ear converts sound waves in the air, to nerve impulses which are sent to the brain, where the brain interprets them as sounds instead of vibrations. The innermost part of the ear maintains equilibrium or balance. The vestibular apparatus contains semicircular canals which in turn balance you. Any movement by the head, and this apparatus sends a signal to the brain so that your reflex action is to move your f
FrogsFrogs Frog is the common name for a species of amphibian that also includes toads. A very common question is “whats the difference between frogs and toads?” , the answer: none, except for the fact that toads lack the powerful legs that frogs have. “Where can frogs and toads be found?”, one might ask. They live in all parts of the world, except for Antarctica, but are mostly found in tropical areas. Frogs are small animals with smooth moist skin, and big eyes that can see in almost any direction.
Transitions of Reptiles to MammalsTransitions of Reptiles to Mammals A long long time ago, in a galaxy not too far away, was a little blue planet called Earth, and on this world not a single mammal lived. However a lot of time has past since then and we now have lots of furry creatures that are collectively called mammals. How did they get their? Where did they come from? These are the kinds of questions that led me to my subject of choice. I will endeavor to provide examples, using specific transitional fossils, to show that ma
Introduction To EvolutionIntroduction To Evolution What is Evolution? Evolution is the process by which all living things have developed from primitive organisms through changes occurring over billions of years, a process that includes all animals and plants. Exactly how evolution occurs is still a matter of debate, but there are many different theories and that it occurs is a scientific fact. Biologists agree that all living things come through a long history of changes shaped by physical and chemical processes that ar
Endangered SpeciesEndangered Species Bonnie Gleason Ecology October 20,1995 Endangered Species One example that can affect mankind if not foretell it, that seems small and insignificant, is the disappearance of frogs. In 1970, a science students was studying frogs. While collecting information out in a field, she had to take care not to step on any of the frogs that she was studying as there was so many of them. Two years later, all she encountered were a few dying frogs with puffy red legs. The frogs\' immune sy
Geology: A Science of LiesGeology: A Science of Lies Geologists have put together a column that is supposed to show all the life and the different eras and times in which they existed. Scientist claim that there are several examples of the geologic column found in nature. But there is not. There are several proofs out there that show that the geologic colunm does not exist. Because even Charles Darwin said in his book “The Origin Of The Species” “Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain”
ReptilesReptiles Reptiles are vertebrate, or backboned animals constituting the class Reptilia and are characterized by a combination of features, none of which alone could separate all reptiles from all other animals. The characteristics of reptiles are numerous, therefore can not be explained in great detail in this report. In no special order, the characteristics of reptiles are: cold-bloodedness; the presence of lungs; direct development, without larval forms as in amphibians; a dry skin with scales
Lazzaro SpallanzaniLazzaro Spallanzani Lazzaro Spallanzani Lazzaro Spallanzai, was the Italian physiologist who was one of the founders of experimental biology. Born in Scandiano, a small town in the providence of Emilia on Jan. 12, 1729 , Spallanzani was among the many dedicated philosophersof the eighteeth century (Lazzaro...1). His main scientific interests were biological and was a master at mircoscopy,but he also looked into problems of physics,chemistry, geology, and meteorology, and volcanology (Gillispie,1
Myth or Reality, Today's Perception on MonstersMyth or Reality, Today\'s Perception on Monsters Myth or Reality, Today\'s Perception on Monsters Monsters, which are seemingly just myth and fantasy, do have some truths to their legend. In fact, some creatures may have actually existed and still do today, even though they should not be percieved as monsters. What if the stories of a giant ape-like creature that have circulated over the globe for centuries were true? There have been numerous sightings and first-hand accounts of this creature
Myth or Reality, Today's Perception on MonstersMyth or Reality, Today\'s Perception on Monsters Monsters, which are seemingly just myth and fantasy, do have some truths to their legend. In fact, some creatures may have actually existed and still do today, even though they should not be percieved as monsters. What if the stories of a giant ape-like creature that have circulated over the globe for centuries were true? There have been numerous sightings and first-hand accounts of this creature everywhere in the world, from the United States t
Lewis and ClarkLewis and Clark In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson won approval from Congress for a visionary project that was to become one of American history\'s greatest adventure stories. Jefferson wanted to know if Americans could journey overland to the Pacific Ocean following two rivers, the Missouri and the Columbia, which flow east and west from the Rocky Mountains. If the sources of the two rivers were nearby, Jefferson reasoned that American traders would have a superior transportation route to help
Chapter 26 (Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals) Outline Chapter 26 (Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals) Outline I. Reptiles A. Reptilian Adaptations to Terrestrial Life · Reptilian skin is dry and covered with tough, hard, platelike scales. · Reptilian skin is resistant to water loss because it contains large amounts of lipids and the protein keratin. · Keratin is the tough, wear-resistant material that composes your hair and fingernails. · Since the amniotic egg contains its own supply of water, reptiles need not travel to water to reproduce. · In the he
Diagnostic EssayDiagnostic Essay Picture it. You are walking down the sidewalk one afternoon. The beautiful day seems to be holding so much in store for you. The sun is shining, flowers are in full bloom, birds are chirping in the distance. One could almost past this picture-perfect setting off as a scene in a Disney movie. The suddenly, you see it sitting there in your path. You try to look away as quickly as possible, but it is too late. The strong hands of Mother Nature grip your neck with all of her power.
Ponds and LakesPonds and Lakes A lake is a large body of fresh water. Lakes can range in size from small ponds to huge bodies of water such the Great Lakes in the U.S. Lakes and rivers are closely tied. Some lakes are the source for some rivers. Important rivers, most often, originate from lakes. Some rivers end in lakes. Since both rivers and lakes are freshwater and flow in and out of each other, they share similar charcteristics and many species reside in both habitats. LOCATION: Freshwater ecosystems inclu
Acid PrecipitationAcid Precipitation Acid precipitation, a form of pollution, greatly effects aquatic life and terrestrial plants and those who depend on each of those to live. The damaging effects higher acidity levels have on plants and aquatic life can also harm other life forms such as birds and even humans. Acid rain first became a problem during the Industrial Revolution because of few pollution regulations among the many emerging industries and is ever growing. Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen oxide in the air,
To believe or not to believe, Evolution?To believe or not to believe, Evolution? Composition 1 November 20, 2003 The topics of Creation science and evolutionary science have long been debated in schools churches and laboratories around the world. Faith and proven facts are two very different aspects in the pursuit of truth. Creation science is the belief that God created the universe. With hundreds of different religions around the world this theory varies in its ideas while primarily stating that a supreme being created all things of
Acid Rain Effects on Soil and the Aquatic SystemAcid Rain Effects on Soil and the Aquatic System Brian Grimes October 23, 1998 Acidity is measured using a pH scale, with the number 7 being neutral. Consequently, a substance with a pH value of less than 7 is acidic, while one of a value greater than 7 is basic. It is also worthwhile to note that the pH scale is logarithmic; that is, a substance of pH of 6 is 10 times more acidic than another with a pH of 7. Generally, the pH of 5.6 has been used as the baseline in identifying acid rain, althou
Harry Greene, “Frogs and Snakes: The Texture of DiHarry Greene, “Frogs and Snakes: The Texture of Diversity” ENST / 302 March 5, 1999 The lecture that was given by Dr. Greene proved to be well worth attending. He focused on snakes and frogs primarily and his in-depth knowledge of biology in the field proved to be very helpful in explaining the evolution, reproduction, and behavior patterns in these creatures. Also, throughout his lecture he touched on important concepts concerning biodiversity, humans, and extinction. He mentioned a quote that
WetlandsWetlands Wetlands occur throughout the world and support a wide variety of plants and animals. Wetlands are areas, other than lakes or rivers, whose soils are saturated with water for indefinite or prolonged periods of time. The water level remains near or above the surface of the ground for most of the year. Often these wetlands result from the surface exposure of the groundwater ( the water that has percolated down through the soil and accumulated and built up on a layer of rock or other mater
BiodiversityBiodiversity OVERVIEW 2 WHAT IS BIODIVERSITY? 2 THE GLOBAL CRISIS 3 THE CANADIAN CRISIS 4 THE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE: BACKGROUND TO THE CONVENTION 6 THE CONVENTION 8 THE CANADIAN RESPONSE 10 CANADIAN BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY 11 INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS 12 CANADIAN ACHIEVEMENTS 13 FEDERAL INITIATIVES 13 Initiatives Relating to Article 8 of the Convention 13 Initiatives Relating to Other Articles of the Convention 16 INTERNATIONAL/TRANSBOUNDARY 17 CONCLUSIONS 18 APPENDIX I RATIFICATION LIST 21 APPE
Air PollutionAir Pollution Type of air pollution, formed when oxides of sulfur and nitrogen combine with atmospheric moisture to yield sulfuric and nitric acids, which may then be carried long distances from a source before they are deposited by rain, is called acid rain This pollution may also take the form of snow, fog, or a dry form of precipitation. Acid rain is currently a subject of great controversy because of widespread environmental damage for which it has been blamed, including eroding structures,
EvolutionEvolution Evolution: the genetic change of a species over time. Most scientists strongly believe that all species have undergone evolution at one point or another. Whether it has been reptiles or mammals, insects or amphibians. Even humans have thought to have experienced evolution in Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of the Species.” One special group of organisms to scientists and to the world today are amphibians. Scientists believe that the evolution of amphibians goes back some 350 million years
DNA has all the needed information to create the sDNA DNA has all the needed information to create the species from which it came from. DNA consists of genes which are coded messages in the DNA. These messages control the cell to be what it was intended to be for example a brain cell or a skin cell. All cells in an organism have the same exact DNA sequence unless it has been mutated. The reason why they all have the same DNA is because they all came from one cell, the embryo which replicated itself and these new daughter cells replicated themse
Acid RainAcid Rain Acid rain is a serious problem with disastrous effects. Each day this problem increases and many people believe that this issue is too small to bother with right now. This issue should be met head on and resolved before it is too late. In the following paragraphs I will be discussing the impact acid rain has on the wildlife and how our atmosphere is being destroyed by acid rain. CAUSES Acid rain is a cancer eating into the face of eastern Canada and the north eastern United States. In
EvolutionEvolution And God said let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. - Genesis 1:24 This quotation is part of the biblical description of how God created all of the species. This theory of how the species came into being is known as creationism. There are other theories as well, the other major one being the theory of evolution. These theories attempt to explain one of the most basic questions we
Essay on ReptilesEssay on Reptiles Reptiles are vertebrate, or backboned animals constituting the class Reptilia and are characterized by a combination of features, none of which alone could separate all reptiles from all other animals. The characteristics of reptiles are numerous, therefore can not be explained in great detail in this report. In no special order, the characteristics of reptiles are: cold-bloodedness; the presence of lungs; direct development, without larval forms as in amphibians; a dry skin wi
HEARTHEART The human heart is a specialized, four-chambered muscle that maintains BLOOD flow in the CIRCULATORY SYSTEM. Located in the thorax, it lies left of the body\'s midline, above and in contact with the diaphragm. It is situated immediately behind the breastbone, or sternum, and between the lungs, with its apex tilted to the body cavity\'s left side. In most people the apex can be felt during each heart contraction. At rest, the heart pumps about 59 cc (2 oz) of blood per beat and 5 l (5 qt) p
Body TemperatureBody Temperature Poikilotherms are animals whose body temperature varies with that of the environment. Hibernation is a dormant condition in which many poikilothermic (“cold-blooded”) animals pass the winter in cold areas . It involves the dropping of an animal\'s body temperature on a seasonal basis in order to conserve energy. Any mammal that remains inactive for many weeks with a body temperature lower than normal may be said to be in hibernation, but physiological changes that occur during h
Respiration Independent Study UnitRespiration Independent Study Unit Part 1- Breathing and Cellular Respiration 1.a) breathing- the complex exchange of gases b) Another term to describe breathing is respiration. 2. Three things that are essential to this process are the diffusion of the oxygen and carbon dioxide between lungs between the blood in the transport system, the transportation of oxygen and carbon dioxide by the blood to the body cells and the diffusion of the oxygen and carbon dioxide between the blood and body cells.
THE PEREGRINE FALCONTHE PEREGRINE FALCON Speech topic: The Peregrine Falcon Specific purpose: to inform my audience about the size, appearance, range, hunting and eating habits, and other characteristics. INTRODUCTION ANECDOTE -- One afternoon an American pilot stationed in Germany was in a free dive with his jet, engines on but not propelling him downward faster than gravity would allow. He looked out to his side and saw a small bird in a dive nearby. He was surprised to see a bird this close to the plane, but not
Wyatt Emenaker Wyatt Emenaker D Block 10/6/13 Succession Lab Pre-lab Ecological succession is the transition in an ecological community from one species composition to another in one area. If follows a predictable sequence that increases in community composition and complexity. Primary succession is when completely new land, whether it be from a major disaster or a new island, where no other life exists, is cultivated by new plant life. Secondary succession is where previously vegetative land experiences a di