Is this an elephant joke? An elephant joke is a joke, almost always an absurd riddle or conundrum and often a sequence of such, that involves an elephant. Elephant jokes were a fad in the 1960s, with many people constructing large numbers of them according to a set formula. Sometimes they involve parodies or puns.
Four examples of elephant jokes are:
Q: Why did the elephant paint its fingernails red?
A: So it could hide in the strawberry patch.
Q: How can you tell that an elephant is in the bathtub with you?
A: By the smell of peanuts on its breath.
Q: How can you tell that an elephant has been in your refrigerator/ice box?
A: By the footprints in the butter/cheesecake/cream cheese.
Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
A: Time to build a new fence.
And then there is: What does Tarzan say when he sees a herd of elephants in the distance?
A: "Look, a herd of elephants in the distance"