My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair.

It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 and searching the internets I see some old stuff from the early aughts referencing a collective conscience that remembers being taught that a dude was an elephants butt hair, or an ingrown one at least.

Is there anything in print in pre-internet days or even a half remembered joke that corroborates this fact, or is it pure mimetical nonsense?

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    Fer sure, man. Even before the Net, there was the Dude. Even when the Net is gone, still the Dude abides.
    – user98990
    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:48
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    Yeah, well, that's just like... your opinion, man.
    – Tushar Raj
    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:58
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there is absolutely no evidence, anywhere, to support this stupid theory.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 17, 2016 at 17:02
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    It's just "nonsense". I found this post dated 19 Aug 2006 titled Someone told me that a camel's foreskin is called a dude!, where someone else claims that the elephant's butt version appears on Wikipedia (but that was probably just vandalism; I doubt it's still there now). Jan 17, 2016 at 18:41
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's an urban legend.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Mar 17, 2016 at 19:23

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In grade school, it was common knowledge that dude meant 'A hair on an elephant's butt.' Grade school was the late 80s for me, in the American midwest. Later on in life I heard this repeated to me by someone that grew up on the east coast.

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