Name That List, #28

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • 1706 handfuls of peanuts
  • 198 sandwiches
  • 891 chunks of bread
  • 516 gum drops
  • 814 peppermints, toffees, and licorice
  • 811 biscuits
  • 7 ice cream bars
  • 17 apples
  • 198 slices of orange
  • 1 meat ball
  • 1 leather glove
  • 16 pieces of paper
  • 2 small branches
  • 1 shoelace


It's everything that Aida, an elephant at the Rotterdam Zoo, ate in one day in July 1959. She displayed no apparent ill effects. The total weight of all she ate was approximately 126 pounds.

The Spokesman-Review - Jul 21, 1959

According to, Aida lived at the Rotterdam Zoo from July 9, 1940 - July 23, 1981.
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 15, 2016
     Category: Name That List

Well, it didn't have anything to do with the green room at that last debate.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/15/16 at 10:37 AM
The first item gave it away.
Posted by ges on 02/15/16 at 12:10 PM
How big is a 'Chunk of Bread'? I was having my morning coffee and just checked.
Nope! Nor was it on a couple of other sites!
Posted by BMN on 02/15/16 at 02:52 PM
I'd never have guessed it, especially since it is such a poor diet for a zoo animal. Also, what's with the glove and shoelace??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/15/16 at 05:21 PM
One of the marketing ploys by Tilley Hats was to indicate the durability of their hats by reporting that one had survived multiple trips through an elephant ( Just make sure you wash it really well if that is the fate of your hat.
Posted by Harvey on 02/15/16 at 09:34 PM
Wear the hat and you'd be a shithead!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/15/16 at 09:57 PM
There's a company in Pennsylvania that makes paper products (notepads, business cards, greeting cards, etc.) from paper that is 70% post consumer paper and 30% fiber from elephant dung. I ran across them at an environmental conference. The paper has a rough texture. See
Posted by Jim on 02/15/16 at 10:28 PM
Thanks, I passed through their site.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/16/16 at 12:24 AM
"One meat ball"
Posted by Victor Berthelsdorf on 02/16/16 at 02:34 PM
I thought for sure it was the contents of our freezer in the basement. We just cleaned it out last weekend. As for the glove and shoelace, Patty in Ohio - Michael Jackson visited that zoo once.
Posted by Greg on 02/17/16 at 11:01 AM
LOL! I'd have thought he'd give his glove to the monkeys.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/17/16 at 12:50 PM
And a Par tree eedge in a pear tree
Posted by Healthy Appetite on 02/17/16 at 01:48 PM
Well, the sweets were probably given him by an uninformed audience. I think nobody except a child would nowadays give toffee to an elephant, and the zoo certainly wouldn't allow it, but back in th e50s and 60s, what did the public know about how to treat a zoo elephant? Even the zoos themselves knew barely anything about their proper diets.
As for the glove, I bet he nicked that off a visitor who was trying to pet him.
Posted by Richard Bos on 02/21/16 at 05:25 AM
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