May 13, 2020 – National Apple Pie Day | National Frog Jumping Day

Transcript for May 13th

Welcome to May 13th, 2020 as we bridge the social distance on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate American classics. More after the break from Marlo Anderson.

“It’s as American as…” well you know the rest. That’s right, apple pie.  But did you know that the first printed apple pie recipe was found in England in 1381?  Like any good thing, we brought this dessert classic across the pond and made it our own.  Teddy Roosevelt pined for it while traveling abroad in Africa, and World War II soldiers claimed they were fighting for it, along with Mom of course.  Maybe you like yours served a la mode, or topped with a slice of cheddar cheese, or even completely unadorned. On National Apple Pie Day rest assured that there’s plenty for all and you can have it any way you please.

Speaking of things that skip across the pond, Americans didn’t invent frog jumping but we know where the most celebrated contest originated.  That would be Calaveras County, California back in 1849 and thanks to Mark Twain these amphibian olympics are still celebrated throughout the country today.  While his short story had three different names, Twain landed on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and his frog Dan’l Webster immortalized this curious event.  For the record it’s Rosie the Ribeter who holds the title for highest jump coming in at a whopping 21 feet, 5-3/4 inches.  On National Frog Jumping Day join the fun at local event or take it easy on the couch with a good read that is still as American as apple pie

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