An Elephant Is Cleaning Up Joplin, Missouri


Is the use of a Piccadilly Circus elephant to pull cars from the tornado wreckage in Joplin, Missouri, a welcome dose of levity amid so much tragedy? (“I haven’t smiled like this in a long time,” says a little girl in a local news report.) Or is it a depressing symbol of how terrible the country is at cleaning up after natural disasters? Don’t worry about those relief funds, Congress, they have an elephant!