National Frog Jumping Day

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Welcome to the fascinating world of National Frog Jumping Day! This hopping celebration is bound to make you leap with joy. Get ready to dive into the history, fun facts, and reasons to celebrate these amazing amphibians! So, grab your rubber boots and let's jump right in!

When is Frog Jumping Day?

It's national frog jumping day on the 13th May.

The Origins of National Frog Jumping Day

If you thought National Frog Jumping Day was just a random excuse for frogs to show off their hopping prowess, think again! This quirky holiday actually has a historical significance that can be traced back to Mark Twain's famous short story 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.'

In this tale, the character Jim Smiley enters his champion jumping frog, named Dan'l Webster, into a frog jumping contest. Twain's humor and vivid descriptions made the story an immediate sensation, and it led to the creation of National Frog Jumping Day as a playful homage to the beloved author.

How to Celebrate

Now that you know the backstory, it's time to make a splash on National Frog Jumping Day! Here are a few ways you can join in on the fun:

  • Organize a frog jumping contest in your backyard or local park. Come up with creative obstacle courses to challenge those agile amphibians!
  • Create frog-themed crafts, such as origami frogs or frog finger puppets. Unleash your inner artist and let your imagination leap.
  • Learn about different frog species and their unique abilities. Did you know that some frogs can jump up to 20 times their own body length? Ribbit-tastic!

Did You Know?

Fun Fact: The world record for the longest frog jump is held by a frog named 'Rosie the Ribeter.' Rosie managed to jump a staggering distance of 21 feet and 5.75 inches! That's one giant leap for frogkind!

History behind the term 'Frog Jumping'


Mark Twain visits Angels Camp

In 1865, the renowned American writer Mark Twain visited Angels Camp, a small mining town in California. During his stay, he heard the locals talking about their frog jumping competitions, which had become a popular pastime among the miners. Twain was captivated by the energy and humor surrounding these events and saw great potential for a comical story.


Twain publishes 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'

In 1867, Mark Twain published his short story titled 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' in the New York Saturday Press. This humorous tale introduced readers to Jim Smiley, a gambler who bets on his pet frog, Dan'l Webster, in a frog jumping contest. The story's popularity soared, bringing fame to Twain and sparking widespread interest in frog jumping as a form of entertainment.


First Calaveras County Jumping Frog Contest

In 1928, the residents of Calaveras County, inspired by Twain's story, organized the first official Calaveras County Jumping Frog Contest. The event aimed to promote tourism and commemorate Twain's visit to the region. Participants from various towns competed, and the event quickly gained recognition and attracted visitors from far and wide.


Official establishment of National Frog Jumping Day

National Frog Jumping Day was officially established in 1959 to celebrate the tradition that originated in Calaveras County. This day encourages people across the United States to engage in frog jumping activities, organize competitions, or simply enjoy the whimsical nature of this unique event. It has since become a lighthearted observance loved by many.

Did you know?

The world record for the longest frog jump is held by a frog named 'Rosie the Ribeter.' Rosie managed to jump a staggering distance of 21 feet and 5.75 inches!


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13th May 2015

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