I'm a fan of absurdist humor in general, but elephant jokes have a special place in my heart funny bone. I have a little book of them that I've had since I was a kid, and back in the day, I had a file with a whole bunch of elephant jokes in it, and a separate file with all the punchlines, and whenever I sent an email, I had a little program that would select a random joke, and then select a separate random punchline, and add them to my message as a signature.
A proper elephant joke takes the form of a question and answer, viz:
Why do elephants eat peanuts? Because they are saltier than prunes.
Often they come in sequence, with a kind of internal logic and structure.
How many elephants are there on a Nurndy team? Eleven. Two borks, six forwards, two wopplers, and a goalie.
Why are elephants so much better at Nurndy than humans? Because they wopple better.
As I have mentioned elsewhere, I dyed my hair purple a week ago. It was starting to fade, so I recolored it yesterday, and it looks pretty good. I also managed to get some decent pictures of it today.
Which means I can finally share with you my Halloween costume.
But in order to do so, I will have to tell you a few jokes, because the costume is conceptual in nature.
Why are elephants colored gray? [Answer]So you can tell them from canaries.
What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill? [Answer]"Here come the elephants over the hill."
What did Tarzan say when he saw the elephants coming over the hill wearing dark glasses? [Answer]Nothing, he didn't recognize them.
What's the difference between an elephant and a grape? [Answer]Grapes are purple.
What did Jane say when she saw the elephants coming over the hill? [Answer]"Ooo, look at all those grapes!" (She was colorblind.)
How do you tell an elephant from a grape if you're colorblind? [Answer]Jump around on it for a while. If you don't get any wine, it's an elephant.
Your post made me realize that my nephews, being homeschooled, will not be naturally exposed to the body of oral lore maintained by children, i.e. elephant jokes and the like. So, I suspect Aunt Kate might have to rectify that... :)