So I asked my friends The Mavens for guidance, and they gave me an origin for white elephant, which is a bit more interesting. Seems there's such a thing as an albino elephant, so rare and so beautiful that it was venerated in parts of Asia.
Legend says that the king of Siam, when somebody tweaked him off, he'd send them one of these rare beautiful things as a punishment. The thing couldn't be used for work or killed, so the recipient would go broke caring for it.
And that, my friends, is the story of how the king of Siam invented passive aggression.
You will not find any rare beautiful curses at our sale, but should you find yourself in Canton, you should come by.