Punch,  43 (1862), 134.

Frogs in Coal

John Scott


Letter, Spoof


Exhibitions, Palaeontology, Zoology, Superstition

    Criticises the incredulity with which people greet the claim that the 'Frog in the [International] Exhibition got into the Coal about the period of the creation, and jumped out just in time to be ready for the International Show of 1862'. Attempts to dissipate this scepticism with his discovery of a frog in some coals he was about to put on a fire, a frog he believes to be 'at least' 'six thousand' years old.

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