The photo moment: Suzie, the Ringling Brothers Elephant, getting washed by FDNY Eng 245 members.

Elephant scrubdown a PR stunt that could have jeopardized safety, cries fire union official

2009-09-04 - Coney Island, United States.

Suzie the circus elephant took a bath - and the FDNY got all wet. City Hall turned an engine company into a bunch of clowns by forcing them to wash an elephant for a Ringling Brothers photo-op, the firefighters union charged Thursday. The "public relations stunt" jeopardized the safety of Coney Island residents because Engine Co. 245 was out of service for a half-hour Wednesday, Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy said.

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Edison vs. Elephant on Coney Island

2008-01-04 - Coney Island, United States.

On this very day 105 years ago Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant meant to give rides and carry heavy items on Coney Island...all in the name of science! His science. He came to Coney to prove George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla's alternating current (AC) was dangerous, whereas his competing direct current was completely safe. In fact, Edison was the one who convinced New York to use the dangerous and deadly AC for their electric chair.

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