March 30, 2009

Useless Knowledge

In old Siam (today’s Thailand), white elephants were so rare that they were automatically the property of the emperor. To punish people, the emperor would give them a white elephant, because while they had to care for it, they were forbidden to ride or work it. Hence, the modern term for something totally useless: a white elephant.


Tina said...

Thats very interesting thank you for that.. I love to learn new things...:)

Jaymee said...

not only pictures of cute kids, but educational too. is there anything you can't do?

Life Is Good said...

I don't find that useless at all! I love finding the origins of the things we say!