One night, many years ago, in my Preload days, I was unloading a feeder with my friend Don. He lifted a wooden crate that weighed 70 lbs (our weight limit back then). It was addressed to the nearby Tampax factory. This was our conversation: “What the hell is Tampax getting this time?” “Elephant tampon” “Elephant tampons? Come on now” “I’m serious” “A case of elephant tampons?” “No, a case with an elephant tampon” “Go on, you’re full of ****. I never heard such a thing” “Of course not. They don’t advertise all their stuff. You’re not gonna see a Tampax elephant tampon commercial on TV. Not many elephants watch TV. A friend of mine works in quality control there and she told me all about them” “Really?” “Yeah. Think about it. Elephants are mammals. Mammals have periods. Thus elephants have periods. It’s a big mess and not a pretty sight. Tampax saw the market and now have it cornered. If you go to the zoo or circus, you never see an elephant having a period. It’s not good PR. Suppose a little kid sees an elephant during her time. It could have a traumatizing effect on them. ‘Daddy, what’s wrong with the elephant? Mommy look! The elephant is dying!’” “I never thought about that” “She told me that they just developed one with an eyebolt. They just hook up a cable and effortlessly winch it out. The old ones had a rope. They would sedate the elephant and four or five guys would play tug of war with it.” “What does she do?” “She’s in QC. She runs tests on used product. Women hired as testers send them in by the mail. The big ones come via UPS” “You mean…..” “Why do you think it weighs so much? Pop it out, wrap it up and send it off. We’re performing a vital service” “Ewwwww!” A supervisor in the background was listening in the whole time. He fought hard to keep from laughing. Towards the end he almost his pants! How gullible can somebody be?