Sadly, like our little froggy friend here, Brian did meet his doom, likely getting incinerated by a pair of solid rocket boosters. Still, Brian's fans to this day like to believe he fulfilled his lifelong desire of being launched into space like a true pioneer. Frank the Frog, on the other hand, had little chance of becoming a LADEE stowaway, being blasted clear of the launch site.
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Brian the Bat made the international press, getting picked up by Norwegian science journalist Geir Barnstein of Dagbladet.no, followed quickly by the UK's Sun and Daily Mail newspapers.
I still discuss Brian the Bat during public talks as an example of the impact of Twitter on science media to this day.
Brian may be toast, but his memory lives on. As for Frank, we only know him as a (likely) corpse from a single launch pad photograph, but he will be forever remembered in history as a little frog with big ambitions.
"Ground Control to Major Toad" - comment via Gizmodo