Elephants…I Love Them

 

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We all know that elephants are the most powerful land creatures in the world. But there’s a lot we don’t know – like that whole idea that elephants love peanuts? Completely false. Or that their size makes them fearless? Nope, they avoid trees that have ants crawling on them. But there’s one fact that is important that we learn and acknowledge so that they get the respect they deserve; elephants are just like us. Here are ten reasons why:

1. They have a skin care regime too.

elephant mudbath

Though humans will do almost anything to prevent wrinkles and elephants are born with them, there are still similarities in how we need to care for our skin. For one, both elephants and humans get burnt from a day in the sun. Because elephants in the wild don’t have shelves full of sunscreen options at the tip of their trunk, they use a much more, holistic, method – mud and sand. While this works extremely well, orphans who are under human protection often haven’t learned this technique yet, and thus are covered with umbrellas or are slathered with sunscreen instead.

2. They leave a footprint on the environment.

elephant footprint

Literally. Elephants’ footprints leave such an impact in the ground that when it rains; the print fills with water, acting as a small watering hole for numerous smaller creatures.

3. They like to speed too.

elephant running

Their version is not as reckless as our habit with cars however, unless you’re a small creature crawling in the underbrush. Elephants can run up to 30 km/hour. That’s almost 20 mph. Though it doesn’t sound like much compared to our cars speeding at 85 or reaching 150 mph, when put in perspective with their up to 14,000 lb weight, there’s definitely a lot of power behind them.

4. They can all wiggle their ears… and do so much more.

elephant

While most of us only wish we could do that. Elephants use their ears for many purposes. They can flap them like fans to cool themselves down. They can communicate their mood with them – you can tell if an elephant is anxious or angry just by looking at their ears. What’s even cooler? The ears of an African elephant, which are much bigger than those of an Asian elephant, are actually SHAPED LIKE AFRICA. Pretty cool, right?

5. They were feminist BEFORE it was cool.

Elephants Marching

When it comes to elephants, females rule the school… or herd, in their case. Made up of many generations of female relatives, these herds are the ultimate version of ‘girl-time’. Can you say girls’ night out – ALL THE TIME?

6. They have a dominant side too.

elephant and tree

Just like most people are either right-handed or left – handed, elephants have the same approach, only instead of it being in regards to hands, this refers to their preference of tusk usage. Just like we use our favorite hand for heavy lifting and complicated tasks, elephants use their favorite tusk for uprooting trees and digging up earth. And just like we only write with our non-dominant hand if our first choice is in a cast or out of commission, they only use their second choice of trunk of their first is severely injured.

7. Elephants have a very important social life – just like your teenage daughter.

Elephant friends!

These gentle giants are actually some of the most social animals in existence. They even have their own language, which humans can not only not understand, but can’t hear either! Elephants also rely heavily on physical contact; they would certainly agree with you that nothing’s more comforting than a reassuring touch after a long, hard day!

8. They like to swim too – and even have a built- in snorkel!

elephant swimming

Just as humans go to the neighborhood pool to cool down on a hot summer day, elephants love to take a dip in their local watering hole. Despite their size, elepants are graceful and gifted swimmers, which is aided by their use of their trunk as a snorkel, but certainly isn’t completely attributed to it!

9. They’re take care of those in need.

adorable animal elephant cute cat

Elephants follow a ‘no man left behind’ mentality. In the face of trouble, they are extremely protective of anyone who can’t protect themselves. To keep them safe, the herd forms a circle around the elderly, the sick, and the young, so that the stronger adults can form a shield until the coast is clear.

10. They may forgive, but they’ll never forget.

John Roberts of the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation.

Science has backed it up; elephants don’t forget. The reason? Evolution. The older an elephant gets, the more they’ll be able to recognize other elephants as either friend or foe. This memory responsibility falls most heavily on the shoulders of the matriarch of the herd because she is the oldest. By monitoring the elephants that get close to her herd, this allows the others to focus on mating and feeding without having to worry. This strong memory is also the reason that elephants will mourn the loss of their loved ones just as strongly as we do. With such a strong memory, all I know is I wouldn’t want to get on their bad side – who knows if they hold grudges?

African Elephants

 

And one more thing….I am glad my Republican symbol is the mighty Elephant rather than the Democrat Jack Ass!
-Sheila Tolley-

THE UMBRELLA – A TOUCHING STORY   

 

One rainy afternoon, a group of protesters were gathered outside the grocery store handing out pamphlets on the “evils” of America.       

I politely declined to take one.               

There was an elderly woman behind me and a young female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.    

The young protester gently put her hand on the old woman’s shoulder and in a patronizing voice said, “Don’t you care about the children in other countries or our black children in America?”   

 The old woman looked up at her and said: “Honey, my father died in France during World War II, I lost my husband in Korea, and a son in Vietnam.   

All three died so a naïve, ignorant, self-centered  bimbo like you would have the right to stand here and badmouth our country. If you touch me again,

I’ll shove this umbrella up your ass and open it.”

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THE SPHINX—THIS AND THAT

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Trump got the ball rolling on minorities.  The GOP should invest some money.

https://redstate.com/jeffc/2022/02/19/does-the-rise-of-black-conservatives-signal-a-turning-point-for-the-gop-n524849

The Pope also said that doctors could use a treadmill while giving abortions.

https://www.theonion.com/pope-francis-using-new-treadmill-altar-to-add-more-phys-1848563449

Tony must be at a Pfizer board meeting.

https://redstate.com/joesquire/2022/02/23/has-anyone-actually-seen-anthony-fauci-recently-n526644

https://patriotpost.us/

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Slaves, what slaves, need a kidney ?

https://babylonbee.com/news/2022-winter-olympics-goes-straight-to-vhs

This applies to more dems than you think.

https://tolleystopics.com/2022/02/24/a-little-history-lesson/

https://redstate.com/

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The Everything Editor:  What’s up, LL ?

Knick-Knack Cat:  First is the Pennsylvania Governor candidate.  He sounds like Romney.  Trump and the RNC should check him out. 

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/rebeccadowns/2022/02/20/pa-gubernatorial-candidate-claims-to-be-anticrt-but-has-hired-prominent-proteachers-union-lobbyists-n2603530

Sphinx readers know that people with power and/or money don’t give them up without some motivation.  I can imagine Nancy and the other traitors waking up with a startle.

https://nypost.com/2022/02/19/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-flies-first-class-from-texas/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC1_tdnZq1A

True or not it’s nice to think of creeps getting what they deserve, like a Clint Eastwood movie.

https://tolleystopics.com/2022/02/20/clever-policeman/

I hope they go bankrupt.  Disney owns the lying ABC.

https://redstate.com/jimthompson/2022/02/19/oh-boy-mickey-mouse-is-back-in-the-real-estate-business-n524696

The China/NBC Olympics were a dud.  Personally, I think they should be free on over-the-air networks.  Their Olympic flag looks like barbwire.

https://redstate.com/jimthompson/2022/02/20/chinas-olympics-takes-its-final-death-rattle-n525113

Any informed reader knows they have lied since day one.  A couple of months ago Pfizer asked the CDC to release data 75 years from now, about the same time JFK’s murderer will be exposed.

https://redstate.com/streiff/2022/02/21/cdc-is-sandbagging-covid-data-that-contradicts-their-statements-because-they-are-afraid-of-free-people-interpreting-it-n525616

This dad should include a camera.

https://nypost.com/2022/02/22/dad-shares-hack-to-make-sure-his-daughter-is-safe-on-her-first-day-of-school/

Every one helps, school boards are also local.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/02/22/republican-flips-jacksonville-city-council-seat-in-heavy-democrat-district/

The truth about any politician is definitely not in the fast lane to be released.  Look at the deaths by hanging while in prison, under guard, and security cameras concerning the Epstein cover up.

 

The Amazing Marula Tree of South Africa

The Marula tree grows in South Africa. South African’s also call it, the Elephant Tree or Marriage Tree. The fruit from the Marula tree taste like a caramel flavored alcohol that the wild animals love to eat.

You can buy distilled Marula Tree liqueur (17% alcohol) from a liquor store if they carry that brand.

“Looks like Mardi Gras in South Africa. They may need an Animal version of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

-Sheila Tolley-

 

I hope newspapers never become obsolete

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Earthrise 1: Historic Image Remastered
Image Credit: NASA, Apollo 8 Crew, Bill Anders; Processing and License: Jim Weigang

Explanation: “Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Here’s the Earth coming up. Wow is that pretty!” Soon after that pronouncement, 50 years ago today, one of the most famous images ever taken was snapped from the orbit of the Moon. Now known as “Earthrise“, the iconic image shows the Earth rising above the limb of the Moon, as taken by the crew of Apollo 8. But the well-known Earthrise image was actually the second image taken of the Earth rising above the lunar limb — it was just the first in color. With modern digital technology, however, the real first Earthrise image — originally in black and white — has now been remastered to have the combined resolution and color of the first three images. Behold! The featured image is a close-up of the picture that Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders was talking about. Thanks to modern technology and human ingenuity, now we can all see it. (Historical note: A different historic black & white image of the Earth setting behind the lunar limb was taken by the robotic Lunar Orbiter 1 two years earlier.)

Tomorrow’s picture: moon holder