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“Seeing pink elephants” is a euphemism for drunken hallucination, caused by alcoholic hallucinosis or delirium tremens.

The first recorded use of the term is by Jack London in 1913, who describes one sort of alcoholic in the autobiographical John Barleycorn as “the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants. He is the type that gives rise to the jokes in the funny papers.”  London may have derived his metaphor from the 1890s saying “being followed by pink giraffes”.

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Pink Elephant Gang

Again, the inspiration for new Gangs can come from many many different places – some literary, some from the aftermath of one too many Happy Hour.

And sometimes from that place deep within us that only magic can release.