A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 05, 2018
“What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn’t pay his bill?"/"Pack your trunk!”

An elephant riddle is:

Q: What did the hotel manager say to the elephant who couldn’t pay his bill?
A: “Pack your trunk and clear out!”


The pun is that “trunk” has two different meanings. The elephant joke has been cited in print since at least 1978.


Google Books
The Crack-a-Joke Book
Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books
1978
Pg. 12:
What did the hotel manager say to the elephant who couldn’t pay his bill ? Pack your trunk and clear out.

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Tony Leontyev
1/15/01
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2. “What did the hotel manager say to the elephant who couldn’t pay his bill?” “Pack your trunk and clear out!”

Google Books
ROFL:
Rolling On the Floor Laughing Joke Book

New York, NY: Tangerine Press
2005
Pg. 122:
What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn’t pay his bill?
“Pack your trunk and clear out.”

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Morten Stenbaek
@mobitwix
What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn´t pay his bill ? “Pack your trunk and clear out !”
11:45 AM - 25 Dec 2009

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What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn’t pay his bill ? “Pack your trunk and clear out !”

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#tuesdaytitters What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn’t pay his bill? “Pack your trunk and clear out !” 😊
4:44 AM - 6 Mar 2018

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