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Saturday, 18 January 2014

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Time for a coffee break!

What for, you ask? To buy his morning coffee, of course.

On a break from a nearby zoo, the elephant munched peanuts and chatted with startled customers as he waited for his order, two dozen Skinny Mochas. He said he was watching his weight; so, for now, going with the skinny stuff. He added that he'd recognized the importance of caffeine after reading an article Caffeine can help jolt your memory in the Los Angeles Times.

A twenty-something Wall St. type had been trying to sneak his way to the front of the line. But when he heard the menacing rumble of the huge elephant, he quickly changed his game plan. On seeing this, the elephant chuckled and said he might apply for a job as a security guard.

A customer had some questions for the elephant. "Don't you already have an excellent memory? Aren't elephants known for that? Why do you need caffeine to enhance it?"

The elephant smiled and answered, "I never forget a thing. Elephants don't, y'know. Aristotle called elephants the animal which surpasses all others in wit and mind. I have to make sure I stay that way. At the top of my game -- forever."

Hmm. Not a bad lesson for all of us.

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