Ribbit

Cidu Bill on Mar 15th 2017

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10 Responses to “Ribbit”

  1. Minor Annoyance Mar 15th 2017 at 02:10 am 1

    He put off the worksheet until it was too late, so it’s a moot issue.

    Twain’s quote is used to argue that it’s preferable to get the worst out of the way early. But if the worst is eating a live frog, I believe most would run out the clock. For this kid, Twain was counterproductive.

  2. Proginoskes Mar 15th 2017 at 03:19 am 2

    I always heard this variation: If in the morning you eat a toad first thing in the morning, nothing *worse* will happen to you all day.

  3. Irene Mar 15th 2017 at 11:17 am 3

    My math-phobic youngest child always procrastinated on her math. In fairness to her, we used Saxon for home-school math. It is quite tedious; each lesson’s problem set includes a review of all the previous lessons.
    I tried to motivate her to start with math by reminding her to “eat the stupid frog.”

  4. Treesong Mar 15th 2017 at 12:01 pm 4

    If you eat a toad first thing in the morning, nothing worse will happen to either of you for the rest of the day.

  5. Bob Mar 15th 2017 at 12:51 pm 5

    LOL, Treesong. Thanks.

  6. Jason Mar 15th 2017 at 02:56 pm 6

    If you avoid eating a frog (or toad) in the morning, the worst thing that will happen to you today probably won’t be as bad as eating a frog.

  7. Brian Mar 15th 2017 at 06:41 pm 7

    Real-life can be superior to school in many ways. One is that sometimes with unpleasant tasks, if you procrastinate you might find that no one ever mentions it again. Rarely happens with homework.

  8. Treesong Mar 15th 2017 at 09:55 pm 8

    Incidentally, what you’re supposed to eat is a live frog or toad.

    Also, Mark Twain never said that. Quotes are just attracted irresistibly into his or Lincoln’s accretion disk. When I used Google Books (better than Google for antedating because it gives publication dates), the earliest instance I found was from InfoWorld Feb 28 1979, p. 21, without attribution. The Twain attribution may have taken off from a 2001 book by Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!. quoteinvestigator.com / 2013 / 04 / 03 / eat-frog (spaced out to avoid moderation) gives a good account of the history. Here’s some of it:

    QI believes that the statement evolved from a quotation written by a famously witty French writer named Nicolas Chamfort who socialized with the aristocracy but supported the French Revolution. Chamfort’s collected works were published in French in the 1790s, and a memorably caustic remark about high-society was included. The words were actually credited to a person named Mr. de Lassay who functioned as a mouthpiece for Chamfort. Here is the French version:
    M. de Lassay, homme très-doux, mais qui avait une grande connaissance de la société, disait qu’il faudrait avaler un crapaud tous les matins, pour ne trouver plus rien de dégoûtant le reste de la journée, quand on devait la passer dans le monde.
    In 1851 the expression moved into the English language when a group of essays called “Causeries Du Lundi” or “Monday Chats” were translated. One essay profiled Chamfort and included the quotation:
    M. de Lassay, a very indulgent man, but with a great knowledge of society, said that we should swallow a toad every morning, in order to fortify ourselves against the disgust of the rest of the day, when we have to spend it in society.
    Metaphorically, the consumption provided protection, inoculation, or habituation. The original root saying used the French word for toad, but the sayings in English that grew from the root used either toad or frog.

    The first known appearance of the modern version was in the December 17, 1976 Seattle Times, quoting a sign ‘above a desk in the Hawks ticket office’.

  9. Kilby Mar 16th 2017 at 05:28 am 9

    Speaking of eating amphibians…
    Calvin: “you’d think the guy eating the worms would be calling the shots!
    Susie: “if you’re calling any shots at all, you’re not eating worms.

  10. Meryl A Mar 22nd 2017 at 02:25 am 10

    I was in first grade. Mom went to the “meet the teacher meeting”. She came home - “All the other mothers complain that the children have too much homework. You always tell me that you don’t have ANY homework to do. What is going on?”

    I do it on the bus coming home from school.

    (True story)

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