Frank owned a full grown African Elephant and due to the rising costs of living, he found it was getting expensive to feed his pet. Frank thought long and hard for a solution and upon watching a circus program on T.V. thought of the perfect scam to make some quick money. You see Frank had seen elephants stand on three legs, two legs, and even one leg, but he had never seen a full grown elephant take all four feet off the ground at once. so he created a challenge and put it out in the newspapers and T.V. The challenge was for someone to get the elephant to take all four feet off the ground at once without using any device that would actually lift the elephant from the ground such as a crane, hoist, or the like, if successful they would receive a 10 000 dollar cash prize, but the catch was they had to pay 100 dollars to try.
Turned out people came from far and wide, even other countries. Everyone tried everything they could from coaxing to hypnosis to threats, but try as they might everyone failed in their attempt. Frank was elated, his scheme was working brilliantly and he was making some nice dough.
One day a blue convertible pulled into the driveway and a man in a leather jacket got out and approached Frank.
"Good afternoon sir, Is it true that if I can get your elephant to take all his feet off the ground at once I'll win 10 000 dollars?"
Frank replied. "Good afternoon to you too sir, yes it is true, but you have to pay 100 dollars per attempt."
The man nodded and agreed. He gave Frank the 100 dollars, walked over to his vehicle and opened the trunk. He pulled out an old fashioned wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat and walked up and looked the elephant in the eye. A few moments later he walked around behind the elephant, took a stable stance and took a home run swing at the elephants testicles that would have made the Babe proud. The elephant trumpeted out and jumped into the air taking all four feet off the ground. Frank stood with his mouth gaping open and reluctantly handed the 10 000 dollars to the stranger. The man got into his car and drove off.
A few months later Frank began to get low on funds again. Although his challenge had been won, he had still made a good profit. But now he began to try and think of another scam to make even more money, this time, find one that couldn't be accomplished.
So Frank came up with a new challenge and once again put it in the newspapers and on T.V. This time he was sure of his challenge. He had seen elephants move their heads up and down but because of their anatomy they couldn't move it from left to right, only twist it left and right. Once again a 10 000 dollar prize was offered, and a 100 dollar fee to try.
So once again people came from far and wide, again even from other countries. Again everything from coaxing to hypnosis to threats were employed but all those who tried failed in their attempt.
One day a familiar blue convertible pulled into the driveway and a man in a leather jacket got out and approached Frank.
"Good afternoon sir. Is it true that if I can get your elephant to move his head from left to right, I'll win 10 000 dollars?"
Frank swallowed hard and replied. "Afternoon sir, yes it is true but you have to pay 100 dollars per attempt."
Once again the man nodded and agreed. He handed Frank the 100 dollars and once again walked over to his vehicle and opened the trunk. He pulled out the same wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat, still stained with the elephants blood from the first encounter and walked up to the elephant.
He paused and looked the elephant in the eye, a few moments later he asked. "Remember me?"
The elephant nodded it's head up and down "Yes."
"Want me to do it again?"
The elephant shook it's head from left to right. "No."