FROG 2.0 – in which a 21st century female Mangles the Work of the author formerly known as Samuel Clemens


This is my first time writing for Monday’s Finish the Story, and I know we’re supposed to write 100 to 150 word fiction, but I thought – just this once – it might be okay to relate a true story, based on a guy I once met.

When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in!

Many years later, Leonidas (Leo) Smiley vowed to avenge great-great-granduncle Jim for a challenge, which the challenger won by cheating, big time. Armed with the kind of knowledge common to folks in stories, he developed FROG 2.0, an addictive free-to-download frog jumping app with lots of in-app impulse purchases. Then, he sought out and convinced the last living descendant of that cheater that FROG 2.0 was “2 Kewl, LOL : ) !!!!!”.

The very next day, Leo checked his bank account, prepared to cackle with glee, knowing he had his revenge. But no, he’d been hacked, his app stolen. That no good family had struck again.

Leo never was able to re-coup his losses from FROG. That’s okay, though, because his next app took off and made him even more money. You’ve probably heard of it. One Eyed Cow Tipping: If At First You Don’t Succeed.

True story.

Friday Fictioneers: The Bet


“You know,” Frank said, “people really will bet on anything.”

Charles could not resist the challenge. “You want to bet?”

Two days later….

Frank accepted his twenty bucks from Stan, a mutual friend, while Charles watched from a distance.

“Best twenty bucks I ever spent,” Stan said. “He cooked, plucked, and ate it.”

As soon as Stan left, Charles walked over and handed him the rest of the money he needed for his new business.

Thus, Pluck-a-Chicken-on-a-Stick was founded, for those who love their chicken fresh – and convenient. Proving – among other things – that yes, people really will bet on anything.


This week’s story is inspired in part by yet another reminder that – yes – people will bet on just about anything. (I’m going to leave it at that….) Also, having visited one too many Renaissance Faires, almost anything can be put on a stick and eaten. Upon seeing this picture, I just had to find some way to combine these two pastimes. 🙂 Hope it works.