Monday, May 20, 2013

Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County

Years ago, Mark Twain wrote a short story titled "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."  From what I understand, this was the work that made him famous initially.

Anyway, the annual fair in Calaveras County pays tribute to his story by hosting frog jumping competitions.  After thinking about checking it out for years, I finally got the chance to go see it in person.  I thought it was fun and quite silly, but most importantly, it was entertaining.  I think this event is a great one for families with kids.

The world record of 21' 5.75" was set in 1986.  This year's winner jumped an impressive 20'10".  The jumps are measured from origin to the landing spot of the 3rd hop (or step).  So, if a frog decides to u-turn, you are pretty much screwed.

Okay, here are pictures of the frogs.  There was a lot more to see there, but I find these frog pictures hilarious.


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