Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Сравнительная шуткология

Я вспомнил, что слышал похожий анекдот на английском (и без России - родины слонов) и стал искать. Нашелся вот такой, весьма похожий (какими путями, интересно, он перекочевал к нам?):

The UN sponsored a competition on which nation can produce the best book on elephants.
The British submited a dry historical account "The Elephant and the British Empire."
The French submited a text "The Sensuality of the Elephant -- a Personal Account."
The Germans submited 47 Volumes entitled "An Elementary Introduction to the Foundation of the Science of the Elephant's Ear."
The Americans submited an article from "Money" magazine: "Elephants -- the Perfect Tax Shelter for the 80s"
Green-Peace submited a counter-entry "Elephants -- they're better than People"
The Russians submited a terse manuscript titled "The superiority of the Soviet Elephant"
And submited a poem "The Joy and Freedom Brought forth by the Soviet Elephant."
But the Japanese won with their Promotional Flier "We have no Elephants but wouldn't you want to buy a Honda instead"

как вариация на тему:

The American student wrote, “Breeding Bigger and Better Elephants.” The German student wrote, “An Introduction to the Bibliography for the Higher Study of the Elephant.” The French student wrote, “The Love Life of the Elephant.” And the Jewish student wrote, “The Elephant and the Jewish Problem.”

Но в том варианте, который я слышал (и который нравился мне больше всего, но который найти не удалось), все оканчивалось высмеиванием немца: он писал толстенную книжку под названием "The Tip of the Elephant's Trunk. Part One".

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