Toad pinger

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 6 18:03:52 UTC 2014

Perhaps the MH refers to Malaysian Hairlines, which would provide an
easy explanation for the disappearance.

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> On Apr 6, 2014, at 11:02 AM, "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at> wrote:
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> Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
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> I note two later-emerging "facts" that confirm my prior, and
> copyrighted, (seven-percent?) solution:
> 1.  MA370 took a path to avoid Indonesian radar.  That presumably
> included flying low, unfortunately within range of the
> extraordinarily large tongue.
> 2.   One CNN commentator called the U.S. device the  " 'bigger toad'
> pinger ".  Clearly meaning the animal more formally unknown as the
> "Giant Toad of the South Indian Ocean."
> ("MA370" was, I must confess, not an intentional disguising but a
> careless error.  From thinking, "How else would "Malaysia Airlines"
> be abbreviated?")
> Joel
> At 4/5/2014 09:53 PM, W Brewer wrote:
>> RE: JB's <<explanation for the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Air
>> 370>>
>> WB: Working title: Sherlock Holmes' <<Adventure of the Giant Toad Pinger of
>> the Indian Ocean Gyre>>.
>> A remake of <<Ms. in a Bottle>>, with subtle Austin Powers overtones. A PRC
>> spy ship, disguised as a Chinese junk, fishes up a bottle in the garbage
>> patch of the Indian Ocean Gyre. In his message, Dr Evil, having perfected
>> the Incredible Projector Tongue on his new headquarters, the Toad Pinger,
>> demands <<ONE MILLION DOLLARS>> in exchange for crew & passengers of MA370.
>> (Subtle disguising of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is, indeed, a nice
>> touch, JB.) Suggest relocation to Bermuda Triangle as more credible setting.
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