Worlds Shortest Fable: The Flea and the Elephant*

Posted by jlubans on October 25, 2021

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Caption: Thrutching flea on elephant

Passing into the ark together, said the flea to its big brother: "Now, then, mister! no thrutching!"
Moral: Insignificance has often its full share of self-importance.'
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From 1896 comes reportedly
the shortest fable on record. The word thrutching salacious imagery, akin to twerking, aside contributes to the fleas contemptuous familiarity and self-importance.
For more of the fleas world view see
flea and camel,
fly upon a wheel.
and, the fox gets left behind

*Source:
FABLES AND FABULISTS: ANCIENT AND MODERN.
BY THOMAS NEWBIGGING, LONDON:1896.
(This) is the shortest fable on record; its humour is as conspicuous as its brevity, and it hails from Lancashire (North West England).

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