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Hella ashy

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This is why black people use lotion.

level 3

This is true

level 4

I mean, anyone could use a little lotion, regardless of race ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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856 points · 1 month ago

White people get dry, black people get ashy.

level 6

And if you're mixed, you're basically last night's bonfire

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can confirm

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Can also confirm

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We are all mixed on this blessed day.

level 10

Under his eye

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Speak for yourself.

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I feel attacked

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😂

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White people get ashy too just harder to see lol just scratch your skin, if you can see a white scratch, you're ashy!

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92 points · 1 month ago

Huh. I was thinking maybe I'd grab some lotion, but I guess there's no need there after trying your test. Back to the booze it is.

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Definitely more booze

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White people get ashy too, its just not as apparent, even to the white person.

Source: White male who had his ashy arms and legs pointed out to him.

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Watch the bill burr bit a guy above posted. White people get ashy.

He says a black friend scratches his arm to prove he’s ashy and dust just starts flying up and skin flakes are flying.

level 7

Black lady, and it was prob his wife or ex gf lol.

“You see, that’s why you gotta hang out with everybody” makes me crack up

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ExplainLikeImFive

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111 points · 1 month ago

People get ashy no matter the race. It's more obvious on black people so they have to use lotion

White people should use lotion too. They're dried out from constant showering and no moisturizer.

"Black don't crack" could just be that white people don't lotion, so they age faster.

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Could also be that white skin gets more damaged by the sun because it lacks melanin. Here is how that looks like: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trucker-accumulates-skin-damage-on-left-side-of-his-face-after-28-years-on-the-road/

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25 points · 1 month ago

Use sunscreen y’all.

level 7

Or surround yourself with black people for protection.

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level 6

Luckily for me I am inside for 23 hours a day

level 7

What do you do outside for an hour?

level 8

That's the cumulative amount of time it takes for me to go from one inside to another inside. I have to go to the outside to do that.

level 9

Figured you went to the tanning salon.

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4 points · 1 month ago

That’s inside

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I'm a 30 year old white who wears facial sunscreen every day, and this weekend I had two skin related comments after pretty much never having any. The first was a 50-some year old Korean lady with flawless skin tell me "You have beautiful skin! You are not 30!" after I almost straight laughed in her face when she said she'd like to introduce me to her 20 yr old son! The second was a kid at a LARP event asking me why I was wearing whiteface clown paint, then he said "Oh that's just your face" .

I've always used sunscreen as a preventative measure and I'm really beginning to see the benefits this year. All the white kids who tanned in high school and had great skin then are looking kind of old now. UV rays are no joke. I'm convinced the reason Asian people seem to age slower is because many Asian women take great care with sun exposure, and black women age slower because of better built in melanin protection (although really, everyone should wear facial sunscreen! Anyone can get skin cancer and dark skin does not protect against UVA rays!)

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9 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

In addition to the answer below, a good ELI5 is dandruff. You can see dandruff on dark clothing because of the color contrast. Same thing with ashiness (which is dry skin); it’s more apparent on darker skin.

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275 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

White people missed the memo about lotion like black people missed the memo about registering their firearms.

Edit - Link to Bill Burr I didn't quote it quite right but it's a funny bit.

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56 points · 1 month ago

Ziiiiiiiiiiip Recruuuuuuuuuuuuter

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16 points · 1 month ago

Hey Billy bitch tits!

level 6

That's some cold lotion.

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Fucking damn

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I wish it was the part where he blows on the dice and the plume of ash blows off his hands.

That skit also featured Bill Burr!

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Hell yeah, took this thread from ashy to classy.

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AAASSHYYYY LAAARRRYYYYYYYY!!!

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I'm about to go from ashy to classy.

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1.1k points · 1 month ago

Turns out Elephants are just ashy. They should moisturize some more.

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They actually coat themselves in mud and dirt for sunscreen. So when the mud dries it just looks really ashy/chalky.

level 3

This was the most informative comment I've seen on this entire page.

level 4

They also do it to stay cool in the heat

level 5

Yeah mud or clay "baths" can have certain benefits for these animals and various animal species also ingest special clays like kaolin to detoxify toxic substances in things they eat.

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Wrinkly too

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2.1k points · 1 month ago

Mom didn’t let her eyes off them. They stayed dry the entire time

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Nah she just didn't want to get her hair wet. Just like my Mom!

level 3

Well this is a welcome change from the whole OP's mom's an elephant thing...

level 4

/u/jouwpf 's mom is an elephant. Is that what you wanted?

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OP’s elephant is a mom

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congratulations. you finally unlocked the "how to make any mother rather upset with you" achievement.

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She mad.

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level 2

Or she’s just a giant scaredy cat who’s too afraid to put her head under the water

level 3

Or the lake is only that deep.

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level 1

So are elephants black or grey?

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Darker gray than they normally look because of dry ashy skin. If an elephant had the proper skincare routine they would look ten years younger with smooth dark skin.

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562 points · 1 month ago

I can just hear an elephant telling his friend "Put some coco butter on you ashy bitch!".

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33 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

They did this joke in “Madea’s Gone Wild!”. Madea and company are dropped in the Sahara. She furiously rubs cocobutter on an elephant and says “Us big ashy ladies gotta look out for eachother!”. Later in the movie the same elephant stampedes through the poachers campground and rescues Madea & friends by knocking the lock off their cage.

level 5

Spoiler Alert! Jeez... /s (for those who take life too seriously)

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183 points · 1 month ago

Now I want to moisturize an elephant.

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206 points · 1 month ago

I'm sure your mom would appreciate it if you asked

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Burnnnn

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OHHHHHHHH

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Dark grey. Becomes darker when wet and lighter when dusty.

Just like sunbathed people at the beach

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503 points · 1 month ago

Sunbathed people at the beach are really dark grey?

level 4

Dunno, but I've seen plenty of sunbathing elephants on the beach.

level 5

Mostly in Florida

level 6

Visited Florida once. Saw body masses I didn’t think was possible for humans.

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25 points · 1 month ago

Ha, as if obesity isn't prevalent in every other state.

level 8

Heh, well I can’t confirm that, Florida is the only state I’ve been to in the US.

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20 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Perhaps he's speaking as a tourist from a first world country where people aren't as fat, or a third world country where people definitely aren't as fat.

Edit: typos

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Holy shit dude that was perfect

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9 points · 1 month ago

tbh I am not sure I understand, but I Think it is something about how you only look tanned if you are wet and dusty)

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What if they're not dark grey, but light black?

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5.3k points · 1 month ago

They're clearly gold and white.

level 3

Dont start that shit again. My brains just getting over it.

level 4

Yanny let it go by now

level 5

Yanny let

Not sure what you're saying exactly, but I appreciate the alliteration.

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369 points · 1 month agoGilded1 · edited 1 month ago

He said

Laurel let it go by now

Edit: thank you u/tr3sleches

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35 points · 1 month ago

Why did you get the gold when the guy above made the clever joke?

level 8

Because reddit's consistently terrible with that.

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level 7

That was the joke.

level 7

If I had money I would give you gold so take this upvote lol

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52 points · 1 month ago

You gave em black? That's odd

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Here’s some reddit black

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70 points · 1 month ago

Laurel let?

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I have perfect pitch, so I hear Gary.

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Meow?

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Laurel let it go by now

Ftfy

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Oh god no pls no

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YANNY

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LAUREL

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BRAIN STORM

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GREEN NEEDLE

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CUZ IM A BIG FUCKING SLUT

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14 points · 1 month ago

Good to know.

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level 8

WE ARE ALL BIG FUCKING SLUTS ON THIS BLESSED DAY

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^

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6 points · 1 month ago

I'm out of the loop with this one - mind catching me up?

level 4

It has its own wikipedia page, simply titled "The dress"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress

Example

level 4

Not worth it.

level 3

noooOOOO

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Black but they ashier than Tyrone Biggums

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48 points · 1 month ago

Grey but the water makes them appear a bit darker like it does with every surface.

level 3

Oh yeah like when I get out of the shower and look in the mirror and wonder why I’m so dark

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27 points · 1 month ago

Ok, maybe not EVERY surface. Your skin is excluded. hehe

level 5

I think that's the point of the question, human skin doesn't look darker when wet, so is this actually the true color of elephant skin with all the dust washed away?

level 6

Human skin does look darker when wet if you have ashy skin. Or rather the dry skin makes it look lighter than it actually is.

level 6

It probably has to do with dryness of the skin as well. Like ashy black people, I'm sure their skin is less light when they get out of the shower.

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they just wet. they go back to grey once dried (even before a dust bath). its just they way their skin is, prob because its thick and dried

level 3

So they are just in a state of perpetual ashiness?

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12 points · 1 month ago

Yes. And their skin feels like a big, hairy scab. They smell like ass too.

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they have giant asses so it would make sense.

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Yes

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1.4k points · 1 month ago

Serious question: What would happen if you consistently moisturize an elephant and it doesn’t get dirty?

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432 points · 1 month ago

I like how you didn’t get a single serious answer

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231 points · 1 month ago

“You could fit in your ass,“ wasn’t quite what I was aiming for.

level 4

Yes, but unfortunately we're on reddit.

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46 points · 1 month ago

This entire post is just low effort jokes

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22 points · 1 month ago

r/pics tends to be like this, impossible to find a serious comment. Also, summer reddit.

level 5

I actually almost made it the whole summer without seeing a comment about summer Reddit

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2.8k points · 1 month ago

You get a moisturized elephant.

level 3

And a hot commodity for moisturizing lotions.

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41 points · 1 month ago

Thought this was gonna be some ridiculous riff on Republicans. I was pleasantly surprised.

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level 3

Fascinating, but tell me this: what would happen if you put paint on an elephant?

level 4

You'd get a painted elephant.

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182 points · 1 month ago

And a lifetime ban from the Cincinnati Zoo.

level 6

Well considering the elephant-painter ban was a Harambe-era policy, the Fiona administration is looking to reverse that decision.

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3 points · 1 month ago

this is one of the funniest comments ive read in a while hahahaha

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4 points · 1 month ago

Thanks, it's actually the punchline of an old joke that starts, "My uncle Phil has the heart of a lion, the eyes of an eagle,..."

level 5

What would happen if I put paint on my cat?

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54 points · 1 month ago

Disembowelment.

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13 points · 1 month ago

What kind of paint do you think he's using?

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Mind = blown

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level 2

Still waiting for that one guy that gives the serious answer, he’s usually here by now.

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To be honest, I'm not sure what answer OP was expecting.

"You get a moisturized elephant" is about as accurate of an answer you can give.

Or... "You get a clean elephant"

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218 points · 1 month ago

We need you to step away from the elephant or else we are going to call the police.

level 3

But it puts the lotion on its skin..

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26 points · 1 month ago

Or else it gets the hose again

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The trunk*

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Sunburned elephant. The dust helps protect against UV radiation. Possibly also uncomfortably hot elephant, as a darker hide would warm up more.

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Nice and smooth like a baby hippo

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I didn’t realise this until I touched an elephant, but they are really smooth and not actually rough at all.

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Had it been moisturized?

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You could fit it in your ass

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excellent

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Just take a picture with auto retouching turned on

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Some real nice leather

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Ask your mother. She might know.

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i assume a smooth dark grey. somewhere in between the grey and the black in the pictures. altho to be really smooth the elephant needs a genetic defect + a shittone of lotion. literally tons of lotion every year. but im neither a scientist nor knowledgeable so take it with a spoonful of salt.

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Textures not loading. Need new graphics card.

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I was wondering the same

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237 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Make sure you wipe your Elephant clean before dipping it in again to get an accurate level.

level 2

If your model of Elephant is too small, upgrade to a larger size.

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Elephant loading...

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Flex Sealed Elephants

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316 points · 1 month ago

Did they get in a mud lake or something? Because that pic implies that either their “normal” color is black (or at least something much darker than gray) or that their skin absorbs water(?) and they get that gray color after they get dried out in the sun? I don’t know, that pic ef’d me up.

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They're grey but darker when wet. Like many materials.

level 3

At the most basic level, the more porous the material, the darker it gets when wet. Wet materials can also appear to be more saturated. The surface of the water can trap and reflect light back into a surface that would have otherwised bounced off a surface.

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99 points · 1 month ago

TIL elephant is a material.

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I built my house using 4m3 of elephant.

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Oh that's a relief... I thought they were covered in mud and this was a post about water pollution.

level 2

They throw dirt and sand over themselves as sunblock, so they are always covered in dirt, which washes off.

level 3

Damn, I always thought that their natural skin color is gray

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74 points · 1 month ago

theyre a moderately-dark grey when completely clean, darker than you expect but lighter than this

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Yup. I washed elephants in Thailand and five seconds after they were perfectly clean... They rolled around in mud. I was like da fucc I do all that work for. Haha

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The old mud was starting to make them itch. You washed the itchy old mud off so they could put "clean" mud on. Probably.

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They have very dried out, dusty skin. Once soaked in water of course the dryness disappears. If you had ashy skin and you'd put some lotion on it'd have the same effect.

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FLEX SEAL. YOU CAN EVEN DIP YOUR ELEPHANTS IN IT FOR A SUPER-STRONG GRIP.

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Now they’re spider-elephants that can stick to anything!

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11 points · 1 month ago

Dip your elephants in this shit idk

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Looks like my clothes in band at a concert

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13 points · 1 month ago

Anyone seeking more info might also check here:

titlepointsage/r/comnts
Checking the water depth32021yrhardcoreaww60
Excuse me, how deep is it?3332yrspics12
Family of elephants after swimming!19611yrpics40
The top elephant looks like a landscape.511yrmildlyinteresting5

Source: karmadecay

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I have seen a wet elephant before and it was not obsidian black, something is fucky here.

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The big guy didn't swim

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15 points · 1 month ago

Watermark below the eyeline; probably keeping watch of the family.

level 1

Reminds me of a joke in Spanish that barely survives translation:

"How does an elephant get out of the water?"

"Wet."

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Is this where chocolate elephant milk comes from?

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16 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Something's fishy about this.

Elephants have grey or reddish-brown skin and this one is clearly looks brown, not dark black, after it's swim. I only did minimal Googling but I couldn't find the original source (though, I did find out this is a repost from at least a month ago, go figure) and thus don't know for sure, but my money is on a filter or the camera itself is weird. Look at the tusk of the elephant on the right, it practically glows. If the elephants were in some dirty water, the tusk would probably be dirty too. So, unless it's been seeing one hell of a dentist, I believe the shine of the tusk is a byproduct of a camera-quirk or post-processing effect that is also probably the explanation for why the elephants seem carbon-black.

Edit: I did some more researching.

Take a look at this photo of a buffalo. It seems pretty dark, right? Now take a look at this photo of wet elephants taken by the same person with the same camera. The elephants seem to have carbon-black skin with bleach-white tusks, just like this photo. I think this photo was taken by a similar (if not the same) camera which has trouble with certain colors for whatever reason.

Basically, I think it's the camera's fault.

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Agreed. I went swimming with elephants. They didn't turn black, more like gray-brown. Edit: also no damn way they were that neat., they'd be splashing.

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21 points · 1 month ago

I'm so freaked out right now.

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  1. I've never seen this before

  2. It's not political

  3. Its not a progress pic or a citizenship announcement

  4. It's a beautiful photo

What's going on here!?!?

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I saw this picture before. It was taken right before Trump killed them after the lead elephant went on a diet and lost 150 lbs. But what's worst of all- the fact that the picture is overexposed in the foreground.

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5 points · 1 month ago

She clearly didn't wanna get her hair wet

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The lighter coloration on the adults allows them to blend in with the seafloor when viewed from above, while the darker coloration helps to blend into shadows.

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I don't think that's accurate

level 3

That's how the penguin do.

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20 points · 1 month ago

yes because elephants have a lot of natural air borne predators.

https://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/fantastic-eagle-feat.jpg

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A factor in their local extinction 3000′ above sea level.

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