But, is this really the reason for this day? The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain’s first short story. It was first published in 1865 as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Later, he published it as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. It is also known under a third title “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”. Chances are you have probably read Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” From that delightful tale about a pet frog named Dan’l Webster emerged “Frog Jumping Day.” It is celebrated every year in Calaveras County, CA, at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. The current world record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.
You can celebrate this humorous day by enjoying these other intriguing facts about frogs:
* One gram of toxin produced by the golden poison dart frog is enough to kill 100,000 people.
* To help swallow its prey a frog blinks. This pushes its eyeballs down on top of the mouth to help move the food down its throat.
* A group of frogs is called an army.
* The Goliath frog lives in West Africa and can measure more than a foot in length and weigh more than seven pounds.
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