Monday, June 21, 2004

Michigan J. Toad

"In 1897, a horned toad was placed in the cornerstone of the courthouse in Eastland, TX, as it was being sealed. People remembered the event, but no one thought much of it until 1928, when the courthouse was demolished to make way for a new, Jazz Age model. Three thousand people were on hand to watch the opening of the old cornerstone. Inside lay the horned toad, all right -- flat and covered with dust -- and ALIVE! After 31 years!"

The toad didn't leap up and sing -- because of the audience, no doubt -- but it eventually inspired another performance.