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What's a White Elephant? And Other Weird Gift Customs

According to Wikipedia, "The term white elephant refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift that cannot be easily disposed of." This was based on the legend of the King of Siam who gave rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, that they might be ruined by the animals' upkeep costs. Etymology of the term aside, White Elephant gift exchanges have become the norm in settings where the actual gift exchange process becomes as much of the tradition as the gifts themselves.

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