Not Just for Kids

 Vol. 10, No. 26

June 27 - July 3, 2002

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The How-To Cowboy™ Rides Again, Bringing You Another Secret, Magic How-to Fun Trick:
How to Hypnotize a Frog
  1. Catch a frog.

  2. Wash your hands.

  3. Rinse the frog in lukewarm water.

  4. Pat dry.

  5. Lay the frog on its back, gently.

  6. Hold it down with your left pointer finger and thumb (right, if left handed). Place left pointer finger on one frog shoulder, left thumb on the other shoulder.

  7. Take right pointer finger and rub the frog’s white slippery belly in a circle, round and round.

  8. Don’t press too hard. Be nice.

  9. Count to 20, softly, slowly.

  10. Lift finger.

Frog should be hypnotized (totally relaxed). If not, repeatsteps 7 through 10.

Turn frog over. Snap your fingers. Say “BREE-DUP, BREE-DUP.” Tickle its bottom. Say “RIB-BIT, RIB-BIT.”

Otherwise, be careful what you do and say. Frogs are acutely
susceptible to the power of suggestion.

In five to 10 minutes, the frog will wake up and hop away.

Say goodbye. Wipe your fingers, and keep them out of your mouth.

Did you know the Cowboy has written a 24-page picture book titled How The Frog Got His BREE-DUP, with pictures by Annapolis illustrator Jim Hunt? View/order it on or by sending $5 (includes S&H) to the IM Press address below. Be sure to specify inscription: “To Samantha: On her fourth birthday.” Info: [email protected].

Accept the How-to Ranch Hand Challenge:

Send a unique how-to trick to IM Press, PO Box 5346, Takoma Park MD 20913. Include step-by-step instructions and, if accepted, you’ll see your trick published in this space and receive a Little Ned Stories book and a $10 check.

Meet the How-to Cowboy, aka Edward Allan Faine, Aug. 24 & 25 at North Beach’s Bayfest
or visit his website:

Kids Stuff

Wednesday, July 3
Kids 2 & 3 explore the world of our most flamboyant insects — butterflies. 10am @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, off Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick. $3; members $1. Rsvp: 410/535-5327.

Friday, June 28
Waste Not!
Kids 5–7 investigate the problems that arise from garbage and litter, discover ways to reduce waste and make recycled paper. 2pm @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, off Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick. Free: 410/535-5327.

Firefly Fun
Families join park ranger Brian Campbell as dusk descends to learn about fireflies and why they light up evening skies. Go for a short walk and enjoy nature’s own fireworks display. Bring a flashlight. 8:30pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Jumpers Hole Rd. off Ritchie Highway, Millersville. Rsvp: 410/222-6115.

Saturday, June 29
A-hunting We Will Go
Kids 4–10 search for wild animals, their tracks and anything else they leave behind. 10am @ Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, off Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Rsvp: 410/222-6244.

Sunday, June 30
Bugging Out
Kids 3–5, hear a story about the bugs that seem so abundant in the summer. 2pm @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, off Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick. Free: 410/535-5327.

Monday, July 1
Women of the Wilds
Girls entering grades 5 & 6 spend four days and one night hiking and canoeing around Calvert County. Learn backpacking and outdoor survival skills. Packs and tents provided. 10am–3pm M–W; 10am–9am Th/F @ Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, off Sixes Rd., Prince Frederick. $95; members $65; rsvp: 410/535-5327

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