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Re: OT elephants, Wales (was NATLANG: Chinese parts of speech (or lack thereof)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, August 13, 2004, 16:28
Ray Brown scripsit:

> After mulling over it for a couple of days, I still can't see what it has > to do with Tarzan's testicles. Are these as tiny as bluberries? In any > case, how do the elephants fit into the joke? I don't see the connexion.
My take on it is that elephant testicles (mass about 2.5 kg each) look like blueberries (mass about 280 mg each, wild; about 900 mg each, cultivated; the wild are a different species and taste better) when compared with Tarzan's (average mass, male adult human, 42 g). Unfortunately, the blueberry is a New World fruit.
> "Peanut butter" to me refers to the jar I have in the fridge at home here > in the good ol' UK.
It would be interesting to know where the peanuts came from; I'd guess Africa, though the peanut's origin is in South America. It surely came to North America via the Caribbean, possibly with a trip through Africa (its colloquial name "goober" is of African origin). As for former President Carter, it is correct to associate him with peanut butter, as he was primarily a peanut processor rather than a farmer. -- John Cowan Mr. Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty. --Oscar Wilde