May 13 is Frog Jumping Day. If you’ve never read Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” stop right now and go read it. It will only take you a few minutes.
It’s certain that Frog Jumping Day has its roots in Twain’s story, but I can’t find much information as to why May 13 was chosen. However, I can tell you that there actually is a frog jumping contest in Calaveras County, California, every May. It started way back in 1893, less than thirty years after the story was published, and now it has more than 35,000 attendees. In fact, if you happen to be in the area, the 2013 Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will be held May 16 – 19. Sounds fun, right?
“Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”