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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Play #28 A Lesson From An Elephant!




Amazing story sent to me by my brother Michael Castain!


In 1972, Joe Miller was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Tulsa Junior College .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 Joe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Joe worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.The elephant turned to Joe, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Joe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Joe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.

Thirty years later, Joe was walking through the Tulsa Zoo with his family. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Joe and his family were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Joe, 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 1972, Joe could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Joe 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 Joe's legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.

Probably wasn't the same elephant.

This is for everyone who sends me those heart-warming bullshit stories. :)

Make sure you laugh this week, stop taking the economy and above all YOURSELF so seriously. Pass this along to a co worker, family member, friend, fellow Jedi who need to lighten the hell up!

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9 comments:

  1. You are one hillarious, sick, twisted bastard, Paul. I love it! -Kyle

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  2. Thumbs up! I needed a laugh today!! Kirk

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  3. I heard you the first time Teddy :)

    Welcome amigo!

    Paul

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  4. Awesome. I am with you on the 'too much heartwarming' BS in my inbox! Thanks for the laugh.

    Deborah
    VP Strategic Sales
    www.kadient.com

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  5. I think something must be wrong with me Deborah because the first time I read that story, I found myself falling for it.

    One of the many reasons why I drink!

    Thanks for stopping by and I believe you just joined our linked in group so thanks for that too!

    Paul

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  6. Well... I had my mouth all fixed for some orange juice and all I get is a swig of grapefruit. Ha Ha. Very funny stuff!

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