POP QUIZ: JUNK IN THE TRUNK (answers)

And an elephantine amount of respect goes this week to Jen G, who scored a very commendable 8/10! A 21 trumpeting elephant salute to you, Jen.

1) In the Disney Film, what is the name of Dumbo’s mother?
2) What happened to Topsy the Elephant at Coney Island amusement park in January of 1903?
3) What fictional Elephant King was created Jean de Brunhoff?
4) The swahili word for “chief” is thought to be the origin for the name of what famous elephant? Named by zookeepers in London, the massive beast was later sold to P.T. Barnum.
5) What 2006 pachyderm-themed novel by Sara Gruen was made into a 2011 film starring Robert ‘Sparkly Vampire’ Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon?
6) In what year did Hannibal bring elephants (and a bunch of other people and things) across the Alps, to make war on the Roman Republic? You can have five years either way.
7) What singular talent was possessed by Queenie The Elephant, which had her perform regularly at State and County fairs throughout the late ’50s and early ’60s, and also landed her a gig on “The Tonight Show” and “I’ve Got A Secret”?
8) Jerakeen, Berilia, Tubul and Great T’Phon are very, very large elephants indeed, and can be found in which series of comic fantasy novels?
9) What ws the first book to feature the elephant Horton?
10) Who composed “Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant” in 1942? It was then used for a ballet performed by fifty elephants and fifty ballerinas, choreographed by Georges Ballanchine?

1) MRS. JUMBO
2) ELECTROCUTED
3) BABAR (true fact: in the original Babar story, he married his cousin.)
4) JUMBO
5) WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
6) 218 BC (accept 223-213 BC)
7) WATER-SKIING
8) DISCWORLD (In the Terry Pratchett novels, the four elephants hold the world on their backs. They in turn stand on the shell of Great A’Tuin the turtle, who flies through space to a distant mating ground)
9) HORTON HATCHES THE EGG (the 1940 kiddie-lit title was followed 14 years later by ‘Horton Hears A Who”)
10) IGOR STRAVINSKY

Yes, poor Topsy was electrocuted. After a couple of ‘rampages’ (including an earlier one at a different amusement park in which a spectator was killed) the owners decided to have Topsy put down. She was initially to be hanged but in stepped the Edison electrical company, then in the midst of a feud with rival Nikola Tesla over which was a ‘safer’ form of electricity, Alternating or Direct current. Edison’s employees hooked Topsy up to the box and zapped her to death. They then used the event – and the film they made of it – to advertise that Tesla’s Alternating Current was dangerous enough to kill an elephant.

And to cleanse the taste of scorched elephant, let’s thank Michelle B, who supplied this excellent set of elephant jokes:

How can you fit four elephants in VW Bug? Two in the front, two in the back.
How can you tell when there’s an elephant in the fridge? There are footprints in the butter.
How can you tell when there are two elephants in the fridge? You can hear them whispering to one another.
How can you tell when there are three elephants in the fridge? You can’t close the door.
How can you tell when there are four elephants in the fridge? There’s a VW Bug parked outside.

“To the elephant! I do Remember!” – Twelfth Night
Thanks,
QM Bill

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