These amphibians are regaling themselves on this fine as a frog hair Monday. Spring has sprung and so have they on another obscure national holiday. Find the popcorn and enjoy. Just don't get a frog in your throat.
NATIONAL FROG JUMPING DAY
Observed each year on May 13, National Frog Jumping Day is a favorite of young and old alike. In 1865, Mark Twain published his first short story, Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog. Later, he changed the name and published it as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. This same story also had a third title, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The current frog jumping record was set in 1986 by Rosie the Ribeter, who jumped 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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Mark Twain’s story about a pet frog named Dan’l Webster and a casual competition between two men betting on whose frog jumps higher, is the origin of National Frog Jumping Day. The annual Frog Jumping Contest, which began in 1849 in Calaveras County, California is also an origin of this holiday. The international counterpart of this celebration is February 19.
Word of the Day : May 13, 2019
1 : to entertain sumptuously : to feast with delicacies
2 : to give pleasure or amusement to
3 : to feast oneself : feed,
Did You Know ?
Regale has been an English verb since the early half of the 1600s; it was adapted from French régaler, which has the same meaning as regale. The French verb traces back to Middle French galer, which means "to have a good time," and, ultimately, to gale, meaning "pleasure." (Gala, meaning "a festive celebration," is from the same source.) Regale also has a history as a noun meaning "a sumptuous feast." Early use of the noun appears in a 1670 notice: "My Lord Duke will not be able to get away yet…, all the regales that are intended for him not being yet at an end." (The man referred to is the Duke of Buccleuch, whose regales ended once and for all 15 years When he was beheaded. )
"Mickelson regaled the 1,000 or so spectators at Monday's trophy ceremony on the 18th green by sharing how his late grandfather, Al Santos, was an original caddie here when Pebble Beach opened 100 years ago." — Cam Inman, The East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, California), 11 Feb. 2019.
"The process of digestion, as I have been informed by anatomical friends, is one of the most wonderful works of nature. I do not know how it may be with others, but it is a great satisfaction to me to know, when regaling on my humble fare, that I am putting in motion the most beautiful machinery with which we have any acquaintance." — Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, 1844.