The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was a wild story. A man speaks with a guy by the name of, Simon Wheeler, in order to ask after a man named Leonidas W. Smiley. Instead of giving the narrator the information that he asks for, Wheeler launches into a tall tale about a man named Jim Smiley. I look at the tale comparing to old people sitting at a old corner store and just telling all kinds of weird and outrageous stories about all kinds of stuff. Of course you know they gone involve some gambling as well.