Tempting fates with an elephant

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Dear Hillary,

I hear that it is lucky to walk under an elephant.  Is this true?  Has anybody been trod on?  Where did all this start?

Ron

Dear Ron,

Yes, Thai people consider it is lucky to walk under an elephant, and to my knowledge nobody has been stepped on – but you pick a nice quiet docile elephant that is standing still and has its mahout with it.  However, elephants do not tell you when they are going to relieve themselves and they pass an enormous volume of water when they do let go.  You have been warned!