Sunday, April 01, 2007


In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from
Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a
young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air.

The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very
carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot,
and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and
as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting
knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The
elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its
face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen,
thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant
trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mbembe never forgot that
elephant or the events of that day.

Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his
teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one
of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe
and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared
at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The
elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while
staring at the man.

Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help
wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage,
climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked
right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.

The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of
Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him

Probably wasn't the same elephant.......


Blogger Candace said...

A shaggy *elephant* story. You are on some reallllly good meds, aren't ya?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Well, it is April Fool's Day and all! Heh! 8-)>

1:33 PM  
Blogger Damien said...

Pisser dude, there I was reading thinking it was gonna be an up lifting soul affirming romp, then whammo - sounds like the take out by the smoke monster on lost (whats that about!!!)

1:36 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Very good one. I loved the zinger.

8:41 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

I guess he though the elephant was going to greet him as a hero by tossing flowers or sumptin.
Talk about faulty intelligence - this guy makes the point.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT STORY I'm loving it. Actually I don,t have that direct answer to your problem .But I still want to add that when I faces the similar obstacle then I visited the site of Web Design company recommended by some of my friends.They cure it by providing the appropriate remedy

1:00 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

I'm with candace! These must be excellent meds.

1:05 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Dammit! I bit hard.

5:14 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

A heartwarming story indeed.

Who Hijacked Our Country

3:59 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

LOL, That was funny as hell! I love it. The last line was the best.

6:11 AM  
Blogger LETS TALK said...

Include me in your madness, I to followed you to the end and you got me with it!

12:00 AM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

You got me, you old goat. Nice post. lol

8:45 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home