One of my professors has a seemingly endless supply of charming anecdotes. He wanted to differentiate himself from Hunter S. Thompson last week and so he told us about two commencement speeches they had given. I can’t remember where these speeches occurred (or the subject of Thompson’s speech, for that matter), but my professor told his graduates about the frog in the milk:
There was a frog that was trapped in a glass of milk and he started to panic. Then he remembered what his mother told him: Never give up. So…he paddled and paddled and paddled to try to get out of the glass. He was getting really tired, but he made himself continue to paddle. Finally, when he thought he couldn’t paddle anymore and he was so exhausted he felt on the verge of collapse, the milk turned into butter and he hopped out of the glass.