Fads: Elephants by the Trunk

On the heels of the Tom Swifties, here come the elephants.

The epitome of the non-sequitur gag, the elephant joke is the shaggy dog sto ry's direct descendant. Secretaries giggle over them, teen-agers torture their parents with them, scientists — laughing — regard them as an escape from an overlogical and overmechanical world.

Everyone has a trunkful of his own.

Among the woollier samples: Q. How do you make an elephant float? A. With two scoops of ice cream, an elephant and some root beer.

Q. How do you lift an elephant? A. Put him on an acorn and let it grow.

Q. How...

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