State Fair caption contest #2: Elephant jumping

Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

The second photo in our State Fair caption contest is from 1960 and features a member of Aut Swenson’s “Thrillcade” revue jumping an elephant with a pickup truck in the Grandstand. A trainer appears to be standing next to the elephant, giving the beast a little pep talk, possibly discussing the enhanced daredevil capablilities of that year’s model. Hauling firewood, pulling trailers and soaring over really large land mammals — that’s today’s Ford Jumpster!

The following are my caption ideas. Thrill me with your feats of captioning derring-do in the comments section.

“There’s no way the Dukes boys are going to get out of this pickle!”

“This is the best Republican National Convention opening ceremony ever!”

“I hope he does it this time… this is our last elephant.”

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 08/27/2008 - 02:52 pm.

    Making elephant ears the old-fashioned way.

  2. Submitted by Molly Priesmeyer on 08/27/2008 - 01:20 pm.

    “Minnesota’s favorite elephant ‘Stampy’ delicately balances a truck on his back using 3M’s the InvisiSheild 2000”

  3. Submitted by Elias Kramer on 08/27/2008 - 04:38 pm.

    Elephant to trainer: I hear the Toyota G series are already clearing giraffes.

  4. Submitted by Mike Keliher on 08/27/2008 - 12:08 pm.

    “Activity #4103 we can’t do anymore because of PETA.”

    “I hope he does it this time… this is our last Ford.”

    “The Minnesota State Fair: Rated PG-13. Starring Bruce Willis.”

  5. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 08/27/2008 - 02:42 pm.

    Thirty minutes after being fed beans-on-a-stick, Jumbo blows a Chevy pickup half way across the warning track.

  6. Submitted by Molly Priesmeyer on 08/27/2008 - 02:23 pm.

    Trainer: “Hey there, elephant. How ’bout I get you to wear a real cute hat or tutu, wave with your trunk, and lift one foot whenever I tell ya to?”

    Elephant: “When trucks fly, you jerk!”

  7. Submitted by John Olson on 08/27/2008 - 07:53 pm.

    “My trunk is bigger than his.”

  8. Submitted by Tyler Hammer on 09/01/2008 - 10:23 am.

    Its a plane, its a bird, no ….. Its a flying ford?

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