Description: 'I've took off thousands of warts off of my hands that way, Huck. I play with frogs so much that I've always got considerable many warts.' - Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
Origin: Europe and United States
Tom Sawyer was confusing frogs - which are smooth skinned - with toads, which look 'warty' but are in fact just very bumpy. And although you can't catch warts by touching a toad, some species produce toxins in their skin that can have an unpleasant effect; so unless you know your toads (and frogs), don't touch.
WARTS FROM A TOAD
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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