Wednesday, August 09, 2006

El Hath No Fury Like a Colbert Scorned

Stephen Colbert caused quite the stir when he suggested his cult members viewers should manipulate Wikipedia's entry for elephants as a case study for his newest term — wikiality.

Given the topic, I thought I'd take a look at TV ep titles that mention elephants. Over 120 ep titles use the word elephant, and I've chosen just a few of the more interesting:
  • Elephant in Stockings (''Racket Squad,'' 12/11/1952)
  • An Elephant for Peanuts (''Robert Montgomery Presents,'' 6/25/1956)
  • Mutiny on the Elephant (''It's a Man's World,'' 1/21/1963)
  • Goodbye to Blue Elephants and Such (''Ben Casey,'' 2/5/1964)
  • What's an Elephant Mother to Do? (''Cowboy in Africa,'' 10/2/1967)
  • An Elephant in a Cigar Box (''Judd for the Defense,'' 3/7/1969)
  • White Elephants Don't Grow on Trees (''The Immortal,'' 10/1/1970)
  • It's Easier to Pass an Elephant through the Eye of a Needle Than a Bad Check in Bel Air (''Tenspeed and Brown Shoe,'' 3/30/1980)
  • Uganda Be an Elephant (''Timon & Pumbaa,'' 10/6/1995)
  • Pink Elephants (''Silk Stalkings,'' 4/13/1997)
  • An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig (''South Park,'' 9/10/1997)
  • Houston, We Have an Elephant! (''The Amazing Race,'' 4/5/2005)
  • We Have a Bad Elephant! (''The Amazing Race,'' 4/19/2005)
Imagine if avid Colbert followers used these entries as the basis for their truthy wikiality. We'd read about blue and pink elephants that are small enough to fit through the eye of a needle and be kept inside a cigar box in Houston.

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