Elephant jokes first showed up on the scene sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Over the years their popularity has waxed and waned, but they have been and no doubt will continue to be discovered by subsequent generations of delighted kids. The main elements of an elephant joke are (1) an elephant and (2) an absurd situation. That’s all it takes—they are not, after all, anywhere near the pinnacle of sophisticated humor.
Isaac Asimov, in his book, Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humor, suggested that elephant jokes would remain forever "favorites of youngsters and of unsophisticated adults." He did not mention young or unsophisticated chickens, yet Snowball the Silkie Rooster has the hens in my coop, especially Angitou the Golden Polish Hen, falling off the roost with laughter. Is there any possibility Snowball will stop telling elephant jokes? Probably not. I think he’s got a million of them, and he keeps getting so much positive feedback with all those “Braaaak ak ak aks!”
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