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marlin never bluffed an elephant.
February 26, 2003 9:23 AM   Subscribe

"Imagine, five elephants — with a combined weight of maybe 50,000 pounds — fanned out in a circle, defending their territory against puny you." Marlin Perkins might've been the host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, all comfy and cozy in the studio, but it was reliable Jim who did all the daring face-to-face encounters with ferocious fauna. And you can relive those mid-70s Sunday nights spent in front of the television right here.
posted by grabbingsand (5 comments total)

 
Sounds like the US vs. Iraq, only with the territorial defense roles reversed - "Imagine you, a puny evil dictator, defending your territory (and oil fields) against 5 huge American elephants!"

By the way, Elephants kill over 300 humans per year - about 100 times as many as do sharks - and they probably have good reasons for this. I think they are amazing creatures.
posted by troutfishing at 9:47 AM on February 26, 2003


I betcha Marlin's penchant for phoning it in and making Jim do all the heavy lifting extended all the way to the grave. I'd bet good money that Jim had to be a pall-bearer at Marlin's funeral.
posted by machaus at 9:50 AM on February 26, 2003


Hmmm, let me get out my "activities not to try" list and a pen...

48. Elephant Bluffing.
posted by ilsa at 11:05 AM on February 26, 2003


That story about elephant bluffing was delightful. Great post.
posted by Holden at 11:21 AM on February 26, 2003


i remember watching this with my father, in our family room decorated with blue shag carpet, on an old push-button tv next to the hi-fi.

thanks.
posted by fishfucker at 12:58 PM on February 26, 2003


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