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The Elephant in the Fridge – Revisited. Saturday September 21, 2013

Did you read Adrian's Elephant and Fridge blog on Sunday? He considered a question that (thankfully) has not bothered many of us in real life: how do you get an elephant into your fridge?

We all face dilemmas of similar seeming impossibility; those situations that send us spiralling into flat despair and bouts of depression. So, being very intrigued by Adrian's answer: "Open the door and put it inside" I decided to explore this a bit. Because, at first glance, it just doesn't seem that simple, does it?

But maybe it could be that easy if only we take a step back and start to look at things more creatively. It also helps if we're prepared to think the unacceptable, ask people for unreasonable favours and risk looking silly.

So, let's imagine I'm in my kitchen with the elephant. We'll call him Bob.
I open the fridge door and gesture encouragingly. Bob gives me a look at says "You've gotta be joking! See, even if you take out the milk, butter, cheese and that tub of left-over baked beans, there's a question of scale; it can't be done!"

He's right. I need a bigger fridge or a smaller elephant. But wait – if I chop Bob up into little chunks…. But he's a lot bigger than I am and now his look says "Come on if you think you're hard enough." I don't.

Is there a handy pot of 'Elephant Reducing Powder' lying around? Is that product even on the market?

So – larger fridge it is then. Now, as I can't get one of those walk in catering fridges in my kitchen, I need to borrow one.

I phone up my neighbours who run a restaurant in town. They explain that they'd be delighted, but sadly Health regulations won't allow it. Maybe the people who make the fridges could help.

I contact the walk-in fridge makers. Thankfully I get hold one of their more imaginative staff members and before long Bob is featured an advertisement for their products in all the magazines catering for the catering industry. "Our fridge is so big it even holds an elephant!" It really was that simple after all.

They've drawn the line at the tiger though!

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Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 8:45am

I can't believe I am reading this. Not again. Elephants, fridges, tigers. The last I heard the elephant had eaten the fridge and the writer which really made me laugh.
In a way I am speechless.
I am not into conspiracy theories, but if I was I might think this blog was a wind up.
All I can say really in a heartfelt and sincere way is that I hope today's blog helps someone. And please don't let my reaction put anyone off posting to say how helpful Mary's blog is today. I am genuinely interested to read others' views about elephants and fridges.

Anonymous Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 8:57am

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun. John loved Lear's imagery. Me? I like Dali, who I'm sure would have loved painting all these wonderful elephants chased by tigers chased by fridges. My sales manager keeps telling me " You'll get there " ( i.e. make my first sale ). To me, he is "The elephant in the fridge revisited". Same stuff, well intentioned, but does it help? Yes is the answer. Peace and Love.

Anonymous Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:07am

Very quirky. Very creative. A little too metaphorical for some?

Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:10am

Adrian and Mary...please don't think I want an elephant to eat you up..
Yes Anonymous I can quite see how Mary's blog would help you clinch a sale. What seems like an impossible task actually might be achievable if you look outside the box. You will get there. Let us know when you you make your first sale.
Were you the one who wrote the post that made me laugh? The Beatles words remind me.I am in France right now and the pale silvery sun shining low across the fields is lovely to see. Very peaceful and calming. So was your post. Thank you!

Arjay Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:25am

Can I have some of the drugs you're on?

Anonymous Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:28am

Mmmm.. not too keen on this post

June Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:42am

Thank you for the laughs you gave me this morning and reminding me that bi polar isn't all about the down side.

Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:43am

Just been for a bike ride with the Beatles song singing in my mind. I was thinking could post some appropriate Beatles lyrics to let us know when you've made your first sale. I am sure you can find the right ones.Have replied to you below. No need to write again.I wanted to let you know again how soothing your post was.

Faye Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:50am

Haha! Thanks for an awesome post :D

Anonymous Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 9:59am

Mmm. Yes. Me neither. I love metaphors and analagies. But this didn't really make any sense to me.

Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 10:09am

I totally agree.I am trying not to think about that poor elephant being cut up into little chunks. And to think he's got a name.

g. Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 10:27am

The first post that made me laugh out loud - perfect balance of wit, humor ,imagination , logic , abstraction , surrealism ..... - more like this please .g.

Dawn Ritchie Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 11:10am

I love metaphors and at first this didn't make sense. Maybe if Mary had 'wrapped it up' (explained the metaphor) it would have made more sense to some microscopes. She was simply saying 'think outside the box and then LOTS of things are possible. I think Mary is a good poster, one of my favourites.

Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 1:19pm

I am not sure which Mary wrote this as I think there are or used to be two Marys who write/ wrote blogs. But I expect you recognise the style of this Mary, Dawn and like her posts.
I don't think there are two of Bill, Suzy, Lex, Jake, Adrian. Perhaps I am wrong and there is only the one and only Mary who writes blogs. Anyway it doesn't really matter I guess. But I do feel it's nice and helpful really to get to know the regular bloggers. Not identify them by their real names of course but if for example there are two bloggers using the same name, we can be sure we know which one it is. Otherwise why put a name to the blogs?

Anonymous Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 2:14pm

Well I think the whole elephant and tiger thing is all rubbish and can't see how its supposed help my situation

Julia Sat, Sep 21st 2013 @ 3:11pm

Don't forget the fridge although it's probably best you do! I wish I had said this in the first place and stopped at that. Well done.

Anonymous Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 8:10am

Love it!
And working outside the box works - it's going round in circles inside the box that creates trouble.
If you do what you've always done, you'll always get the same result. To get a different result, take a different route.

Anonymous Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 9:45am

now, what is wrong with putting a tiger in the fridge? if the elephant agrees to come out and the tiger is a rescue from a circus that had to close down the tiger act because of animal welfare???

Julia Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 10:11am

A tiger aimed a wee at my son in a circus once. We were sitting right close up to get a good view of the circus and the tiger's behind was facing us. It's such a huge joke in our family! But it's cruel to have tigers in circuses or fridges isn't it? Tigers and elephants come from hot countries. Now how about a polar bear? A little baby one who might enjoy a short while in a fridge

Julia Sun, Sep 22nd 2013 @ 11:32am

Also..I am reminded of the children's book by Judith Kerr, called The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Required reading as an antidote to today's blog

Anonymous Sat, Sep 28th 2013 @ 3:22am

this is not helpful at all .......its stupid I used to like the old blogs ....they were at least relevant

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