from The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
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I really enjoy Twain's humor using hyperbole. Consider Simon Wheeler's discription of Jim Smiley's gambling problem,
"If he even see a straddle bug start to go anywheres, he would bet you how long it would take him to get to--to wherever he was going to, and you took him up, he would foller that straddle bug to Mexico but what he would find out where he was bound for and how long he was on the road."