Archive for the ‘Elephants’ Category

Runaway Elephant Goes on Gentle Rampage in Switzerland

June 9, 2010

Sabu, a five-ton elephant, escaped from the circus and wandered through Zurich last night, terrifying locals but doing surprisingly little damage. Sabu swam in Lake Zurich and was filmed strolling through the city’s shopping and financial districts.

Sabu’s traveling circus was loading him into a truck when he bolted. He swam through Lake Zurich, then wandered up the Swiss city’s main Bahnhofstrasse, past the train station and Credit Suisse.

It took an hour to re-capture Sabu. Authorities were amazed at how little damage he did: “The elephant was walking slowly and calmy through the city. He didn’t run, didn’t chase anyone, he caused very little damage and no one was hurt.”



The history of Elephant jokes

May 24, 2010

Elephant jokes have been around for many a year but where does it come from and is there a specific formula?

Elephant jokes have been described as the  following:

 An elephant joke is a joke, almost always an absurd riddle or conundrum and often a sequence of such, that involves an elephant. Elephant jokes were a fad in the 1960s, with many people constructing large numbers of them according to a set formula. Sometimes they involve parodies or puns.

Two examples of elephant jokes are:

Q: How can you tell that an elephant is in the bathtub with you?

A: By the smell of peanuts on its breath.

Q: Why do elephants paint their toes yellow?

A: So they can hide upside down in the custard.

Elephant jokes first appeared in the United States in 1962. They were first recorded in the Summer of 1962 in Texas, and gradually spread across the U.S., reaching California in January/February 1963. By July 1963, elephant jokes were ubiquitous and could be found in newspaper columns, and in TIME and Seventeen magazines, with millions of people working to construct more jokes according to the same formula.

Both elephant jokes and Tom Swifties were in vogue in 1963, and were reported in the U.S. national press. Whilst the appeal of Tom Swifties was to children, and gradually faded over subsequent decades, the appeal of elephant jokes was mainly to literate adults, and has lasted. Elephant jokes began circulation primarily amongst professors, and have been discovered afresh by subsequent generations of adults, remaining, in Isaac Asimov’s words “favourites of intellectuals and of sophisticated adults”.

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Dancing elephant

May 13, 2010

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Bright Elephants in London

May 6, 2010

London will be invaded by a herd of colourful Elephants in a conservation campaign.

Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis endangered Asian elephant. The has organized this venture and the event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants located over central London this summer.

Here is one of the exhibitions.

A herd of ‘baby elephants’ hand-painted by artists and designers including Tommy Hilfiger and Matthew Williamson are setting London ablaze with colour.

An Elephant Balancing Act

April 15, 2010

Metafore met langore

March 4, 2010

Andries Botha se olifantkalwer-beelde in die Sasol-kunsmuseum van Stellenbosch Universiteit. Dié het onlangs herrie veroorsaak toe ’n Durban ANC-raadslid geweier het dat die beelde opgerig word omdat olifante die kenteken van die IVP is.

Foto: Leánne Stander

Elephant Safari in the Kruger

March 3, 2010

Want to do something unique and wonderful? Then an Elephant Safari is the thing do.

One of the most unique options when visiting the Kruger National park is the Elephant Safari

This safari experience is not only aimed at elephant-watching, you get to ride the animals as well. Camp Jabulani is also in the Kruger area. If you’re thinking, “roughing it up on top of an elephant is hardly luxurious”, worry not, the service at the camp makes up for it. They provide personal butlers, champagne breakfasts and bush dinners. If for some reason you need more than an elephant safari, there’s clay pigeon shooting and boat trips to try out.
A little aside, the camp was named after Jabulani, one of the African elephants raised by the Hoedspruit Rehabilitation Centre.