File this under "What were they thinking?" or "Accidental Google Images results that make me want to stab my eyes out."
While doing some sort of elephantish search for my editor, I came across this playground slide:
How does something like that get designed? The people engineering these things have to be pretty smart, right? What was the conversation like at the office that day?
"Hey, Mortimer, how's the elephant project coming along?"
"Fantastic, Claude! Just finishing up."
"You were able to make the trunk wide enough for the slide?"
"No, I had a better idea. Look, the kids will go on a journey through the elephant's colon!"
Here's the most surprising thing--there's more than one playground with an elephant butt slide.
I do love elephants, but do I love them enough to go through one of these slides?
Actually, now that I think about it, if I came across one of these I probably wouldn't be able to resist climbing in. Of course I'd first have to hand someone my camera to snap a picture of my glorious exit.
So where are these slides, does anyone know? Think of the lovely author photos these would make.
For more horrific playground equipment, see this Huffington Post article and this one from Acid Cow.
And while we're on the subject, what the hell is wrong with this monkey?