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During the load-in for "The Margaret Ghost" on Saturday, a bunch of folks were sitting around sorting newspapers to decorate the set (she worked in a newspaper office in NY for awhile). They started telling "elephant jokes." I never realized there are "elephant jokes." There's even a Wikipedia entry about them!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_joke

It says they started in the U.S. in 1962. Hunh. It also notes that they often are told in a series. Here's my favorite, with a U.K. spin on it:

Q: How many elephants will fit into a Mini?
A: Four: Two in the front, two in the back.
Q: How many giraffes will fit into a Mini?
A: None. It's full of elephants.
Q: How do you get two whales in a Mini?
A: Along the M4 and across the Severn Bridge.
Q: How do you know there are two elephants in your refrigerator?
A: You can hear giggling when the light goes out.
Q: How do you know there are three elephants in your refrigerator?
A: You can't close the door.
Q: How do you know there are four elephants in your refrigerator?
A: There's an empty Mini parked outside.

I found a bunch this morning online and share them with you to make your Monday a little sillier.
http://www.azkidsnet.com/elephant.htm
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There's a big sporting event going on in Africa. Not my thing, but I try to keep up with what the entire rest of the world is obsessing over, so here are a few snippets I found in my travels on the intrawebs during a quiet day at work yesterday:

Catchy theme song
"Waka Waka" sung by Skakira (whose hips don't lie)
video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEdMmmQ0
lyrics http://www.directlyrics.com/shakira-waka-waka-lyrics.html
what the African words mean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zamina_mina_%28Zangalewa%29

Just what is a vuvuzela?
If you listen to any of the games, you will hear this buzzing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeotaq04JcE

The World Cup happens every four years. It's like the Olympics, except there's only one sport. It's what we call soccer, but everyone else calls football. This is the 18th World Cup final. They started in 1930, skipped '42 and '46. Seven national teams have won over the years - Brazil five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. Italy, the current champions, have won four titles, and Germany next with three titles. The other former champions are Uruguay, winners of the inaugural tournament, and Argentina, with two titles each, and England and France, with one title each. There a "geography thing" where European teams win when its in Europe, and South American teams win when it's anywhere else. It's being held in Africa for the first time, so no one is sure what will happen. Various pundits favor Brazil, Italy, Germany, Spain or Argentina to win in the end.

There are 32 teams in the final (out of 165 countries that play). They each play 3 times in the next two weeks. The top 16 teams advance. This goes on until the final final, Sunday, July 11.

The U.S. team plays its first finals match today, against England. There is a lot of history between these two countries, on and off the pitch (that what they call the field they play on).

The BBC has a fun interactive site with the entire schedule on one page. If you click a country along the bottom, it gives you a page with articles about that team and its matches.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2010/groups_and_teams/team/usa

And of course...Elephants!
South African Elephants join in World Cup
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10300702.stm

Enjoy!
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I found the video that this icon came from!
http://vimeo.com/3437997
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There was an elephant born on Valentine's Day
at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, and
there is great video of his first day!  

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/videos/?bcpid=4552241001&bclid=5171891001&bctid=67304601001
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There was a great bit on CBS "60 Minutes" last night about people studying elephant language and behavior, trying to put together an "elephant dictionary." They've posted the entire 14 minute segment online, along with a couple of shorter videos. If pachyderms interest you, take a look!

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6050249n&tag=contentMain;cbsCarousel
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Here's a sweet little video for your Sunday
from an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee
about an interesting animal friendship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFz-FMj-9Ps
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I recently discovered new Oreo Fun Stix, a profiterole-like tubular cookie with oreo outside and white stuff inside, that can be used as a straw to drink milk and then snarfed. They are too good. Don't try them. Habit-forming!

So it turns out that the commercial for them has a...wait for it...elephant! Too cute!
http://vodpod.com/watch/1501087-new-oreo-fun-stix
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What's cuter than an elephant? A BABY elephant! Meet Ko Rayo, the new little dude in Berlin's Tierpark, born Sunday, March 15.

Video
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=2841324

Article with wicked cute photos
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2009/03/baby-elephant-b.html
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Pink Elephant is caught on camera

"A pink baby elephant has been caught on camera in Botswana. A wildlife cameraman took pictures of the calf when he spotted it among a herd of about 80 elephants in the Okavango Delta. Experts believe it is probably an albino, which is an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7951331.stm

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] lillibet
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I'm so glad there are people who will do this for an elephant.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7934419.stm

"An elephant in Thailand has been fitted with a new false leg, after outgrowing her original prosthetic.

Mosha, 3, lost part of her right front leg as a seven-month-old when she stepped on a landmine."
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Harvard is putting on a big to-do at Sanders Theater this afternoon to give our illustrious Senator, Ted Kennedy, an honorary degree. He didn't get it at Commencement in June because he was in N.C. recovering from brain surgery. Rumor is that Joe Biden is coming with a message from the President-elect! Should be political theater and Harvardiana at its highest. Previous recipients of such honors were George Washington, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

We get to slack off work and watch it streaming live on the big screen in one of the classrooms. The News Office promises that a link will appear on http://www.harvard.edu at 4:15 pm. Join in if you want to witness the spectacle.
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Take a look at an elephant painting. Long but worth it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk

I have a thing for elephants, especially ones that can paint better than I can.

They say it's a self-portrait, but I get this vibe that the elephant is telling a story about a moment from the past...maybe the day he met his lady love and gave her a flower...maybe it's her instead? No way to tell...

It is wonderful that there is somewhere where they can retire and paint.
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