Sunday, November 28, 2010
And all of this seems kind of dumb to me, when I get to thinking about it. Not that I really understand some of the stuff that humans do anyway. But this white elephant thing brought several questions to my mind, such as:
1. Are there really any elephants that are white?
2. If so, is there something wrong with these elephants that makes people not like them?
3. What do elephants have to do with giving gifts?
Anyway, after I thought up these excellent questions, I started doing my usual in-depth research, and I learned some interesting things.
First of all, I found out that there really are white elephants living in Asia. They are albinos, and they are kind of rare. Also they are not white-white, like my cute little feet are white. They are just sort of a dirty whitish color, but mostly they are lighter in color than a regular elephant.
And the second thing I learned is that in the past, white elephants were considered very, very special in countries like Thailand or Laos or Myanmar, where they were sometimes even worshipped. You could not use white elephants to carry stuff or do other work. That's how special they were. So a white elephant couldn't earn its keep, and only rich people such as emperors could afford to have white elephants.