List at least 2 humorous accounts in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and explain them.

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To me, the humor in this story is mostly in the absurdity of the things that Simon Wheeler is saying.  The humor is not subtle -- it's just really goofy.

For example, I really like the story of the dog that would win its fights by grabbing the other dog's hind leg and never letting go.  The idea that the dog would die of a broken heart when it fought a dog with no hind legs is just ridiculous.  To me, it's the absurdity of the situation that is funny there.

In other places, what's funny is the wording of the story.  I think, for example, that this description of the frog is pretty funny

You never see a frog so modest and straightforward as he was, for all he was so gifted.

The idea that a frog could be modest is pretty funny because that just isn't a characteristic a frog could have.

I hope that helps... it's not easy to explain why something is funny.

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