Explaining to my Interpreter (named Khyber) the Allegory of "How to Eat an Elephant" Joke

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Monday, 6 August 2007

Me: Hey, Khyber, how do you eat an elephant?

Khyber: What is an 'elephant'?

Me: It's a big animal that lives in Africa and other places in the world. It is very big. And gray. And it has a trunk.

Khyber: Ah, yes, that's right!

Me: So, Khyber, how do you eat an elephant?

Khyber: Oh, we don't have elephants here in this part of the world.

Me: Okay, I understand. But pretend that you did have elephants here. Then how would you eat an elephant?

Khyber: We do not eat elephant according to Islam.

Me: Okay, I understand. But pretend that you are me. How then would you eat an elephant?

Khyber: Ah, first I would take a very large spear and stab it in the heart. (motions dramatically) And then I would cut it up into smaller pieces and I would cook them over a big fire. And then...

Me: Okay, okay, okay. That's good. Now how would you eat the elephant?

Khyber: I am telling you.

Me: Yes, but now how would you physically get the elephant meat into your mouth?

Khyber: (thinks for a little while)

Me: ...one bite at a time! That is how you "eat an elephant".

Khyber: Ah, yes, that's right!

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