How to Catch an Elephant


dig a big hole in the ground large enough and deep enough to contain a full-grown elephant once it’s captured.


fill the very bottom of the hole with about a six-inch layer of ashes.


get some peanuts and lay them out all around, close to the edge of the hole you just dug.


get some more peanuts and lay them out in a straight line leading away from the hole.

When an elephant wanders by it will cross the line of peanuts you laid down and find one of the peanuts. The elephant will eat that peanut and find another. It will continue finding yet more peanuts and follow the row of peanuts you laid out, thus leading it right up to the very edge of the hole you dug.

While the elephant is busy circling the hole and eating the rest of the peanuts you

sneak up quietly behind him and

kick him in the ash hole.

Now, you’re thinking to yourself: “why is this fool wasting time writing down this stupid pun?”

Because it’s allegory.

It is analogous to how Credit Cards really work.


1. A short moral story (often with animal characters)

2. A visible symbol representing an abstract idea

3. An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor


1. An inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

2. Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect


 If you don’t fall into their debt pit all by yourself they will eventually

kick you in the ash hole.

About The Twentieth Man

Age 68
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