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2014 Elephants in Review

It’s always interesting to look at statistics and try to tease out what’s behind them.  My most popular blog posts were (1) Miles per Pound of Trees (elephant farts), (2) Black Mamba in the Toilet (self-explanatory) and (3) Mammals are Called Mammals Because . . . (elephant nipples).  You can see where this is going.  All I can hope is that those folks using their search engines for snakes in the toilet, elephant farts and elephant nipples are surprised and educated along the way.  For those of you with piqued prurient interest, I’ll repost them this month while I’m working on tightening up my elephant manuscript.  Thanks to the many followers – you know who you are.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.

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