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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

In a small gold rush town sipping on ale
Mark Twain once overheard a bartender
Made himself famous by penning this tale
A frog jump contest with a large wager
Decided outright when one frog didn't jump
The contest over before it could start
Obvious that the bullfrog seemed too plump
Buckshot in it's belly made jumping hard
The first County fair sixty years later
They called it The Jumping Frog Jubilee 
Just local frogs are allowed to enter
The record is over twenty one feet

Each May at Angels Camp, California
Mark Twain's tale center stages the gala

Copyright © Mitch White

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  1. Date: 6/10/2010 3:15:00 PM
    Tobad I hate frogs, it sounds like a fun thing to watch. Just the idea puts me in a gripping mood. Ithink this is very interesting to know, that such a contest would be known. What do i know I live in Texas and only witness a rattlesnake race once...yikes, scary,.. By the way Wow! to the 20ft jump...Have a nice and wonderful one Mitch,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/5/2010 3:40:00 PM
    congratulations, Mitch, I recall this story from classes and I lived in that area at one time, in a crappy place called Richmond! LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 9:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Brian's "Sonnet Me" contest Mitch. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 6:52:00 AM
    This is very clever, Mitch, and it must be fun to celebrate the Mark Twain story. Congrats on your success in Brian's contest. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 4:59:00 AM
    Congrats Mitch on your HM in Brian's contest about home towns.. a very interesting write and wonderful honor for u to enjoy ..luv.. from the "Sweetheart".. we have a few frogs in New Jersey too..

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 12:51:00 AM
    Congrats on your success in my contest Mitch.Rgds Brian.My latest contest'BROKEN MONOKU' is now open.

  1. Date: 4/24/2010 7:10:00 PM

  1. Date: 4/24/2010 4:29:00 AM
    Thank you for supporting my contest Mitch.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 4/23/2010 11:06:00 PM
    Good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 4/23/2010 10:44:00 PM
    A great sonnet describing a town of luck in the contest...Raul