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July 2019

July 1, 2019

Bimbo Jr., the water-skiing elephant

Bimbo Jr. wasn't the only water-skiing elephant around, but in the early 1960s she gained some fame as the youngest water-skiing elephant. She was 5 at the time.

However, her career as a water-skiier eventually came to an unusual end. In 1969, a car collided with the trailer that was transporting her. She survived, but her owner, Ted De Wayne, claimed that the experience caused her to forget how to water-ski, so he sued the driver for $10,000. He was awarded $4,500.

It's been reported in various places that the case was heard by Judge Turtle. But this isn't true. The judge's actual name was Julius Title.

Bimbo water-skiing in San Diego - Mar 20, 1961.



Bimbo water-skiing in Santa Monica - Apr 28, 1962 (via LA Public Library)



Salem Capital Journal - Feb 26, 1972



Orlando Evening Star - Feb 25, 1972

Posted By: Alex - Mon Jul 01, 2019 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, 1960s

Mystery Gadget 78



What's it for?

The answer is here.

Or after the jump.

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Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 01, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Chindogu

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