160 years ago today, Mark Twain’s short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog,” was published in the New York Saturday Press. It was his first great success as a writer and brought him national attention. In the story, the narrator retells a story he heard from a bartender, about the gambler Jim Smiley… (1865) TheCelebratedJumpingFrog-book cover Mark Twain“If he even seen a straddle bug start to go anywheres, he would bet you how long it would take him to get to wherever he going to, and if you took him up, he would foller that straddle bug to Mexico…”

Can't say that I've read it, but I'll put it on the list if I ever get Grand kids. 
Brings to mind a short story by Frank Sargeson
called Cowpats..
about walking to school with no shoes in winter and standing in steaming cowpats to warm his feet..
loved that story as my Grandpop grew up in an orphanage where he never owned a pair of shoes... 

Sorry thought afterwards...
I should explain...
Our Frank is your Mark..