Monkeys

Fear Itself

From Kung Fu Monkey, via Masson’s Blog: FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel? CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep

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Hanuman Sightings

Via Reuters: KOLKATA (Reuters) – Thousands of people are flocking to an impoverished Indian village in eastern West Bengal state to worship a man they believe possesses divine powers because he climbs up trees in seconds, gobbles up bananas and has a “tail.” Devotees say 27-year-old villager Chandre Oraon is an incarnation of the Hindu

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Monkey Chow

This guy is going on a diet of Monkey Chow — eating only primate food. I didn’t know they made the stuff. Maybe I’ll lose weight. Maybe I’ll gain superhuman monkey strength. Maybe I’ll go crazy. Maybe it’s too late. Check back here every day to follow along with the Monkey Chow Diaries. Comments, criticisms,

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Sock Monkeys

This is one of the reasons why the internets can be BAD — I find sites like SockMonkeyDrawer, wherein I feel I need to buy all the aminals and take them home with me. They make custom, one-of-a-kind cool sock monkeys. You should buy me one.

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Daily Monkey

Daily Monkey posts a picture of a monkey every day, along with a monkey related quote. Cool!

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Expedition Everest

Posted on Flickr is a photoset of the new Disney ride Expedition Everest, which I believe has just opened. The photoset was placed by the marketing department of Disney, which is pretty cool. And is the norm with Disney, the theme and decor is amazing. The idea is a fictional Nepalese version of Everest, where

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Orphan Baby Monkey has own stuffed duck

Loki the squirell monkey lost his mommy soon after he was born at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, but he’s getting along with the help of his zoo keeper and a stuffed duck. Nothing like a good “monkey and duck” story to round out the week.

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2005 Monkey News: LA Weekly’s List

LA Weekly gives us a rundown of the top primate news stories of 2005. This story is good: Contagious Yawning Science has yet to explain why humans yawn, or why we yawn when we see other people yawn. What we do now know is that both great apes and the lesser primates (macaques and lemurs)

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Gourmet Amigurumi

I’ve mentioned before Gourmet Amigurumi, the business run by Beth Doherty that makes great crochet animal dolls. I had Beth make this figure skating monkey for Christmas for Stephanie… along with a monkey for me, too. If you look at Beth’s Flickr photos of her work, she’s got some really amazing dolls. She just recently

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Goth Embroidery (and pirates, and monkeys!)

Sublime Stitching‘s site says, “This ain’t you gramma’s embroidery!” And they’re quite right. With patterns for everything from tikis, sushi bars, goth patterns, mexican wrestlers, pirates and monkeys, they make a really boring craft into something fun and hip. Well, okay, about as hip as embroidery can get, anyway.

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Melissa Etheridge and other cool stuff

My friend Amy gave me Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled by Melissa Etheridge a few weeks ago. I’ve been listening to it, but didn’t get around to paying attention to some of the new tunes on it until this week. There’s a very beautiful song called “This Is Not Goodbye” about going into surgery

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King Kong Game for Xbox Day

I should blog about last night’s city-county council meeting, which I attended to view the introduction of Proposal 622 to amend the Human Rights Ordinance. But I’m too excited to do that because the King Kong game for Xbox is released today, and I have to go get my copy. According to the King Kong

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Curious George Movie Trailer

In theaters February 2006. Yeah! A couple things bother me, though. He’s very cute, but he doesn’t look enough like George from the books. And Will Ferrell as the man in the Yellow Hat? Um, no. Sorry, that’s wrong.

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Sterling Silver Monkey Straw

From tiffany’s: a sterling silver straw with a small monkey climbing up it. For $155. How completely ridiculous and useless. But pretty.

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On eBay: Soviet Space Monkey’s Flight Pants

Listed on eBay: It’s offered to your attention the “space pants” for macaque small monkey to wear it during the experimental space flight. This pants has been used for animals (monkeys) experiments in 1950-s – 1960-s in the USSR Institute of Biomedical Problems (IMBP, Moscow). The monkey’s “space pants” are designed with many clasps to

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King Kong – Retro Style

Stephanie and I are going to see King Kong (the classic 1933 Fay Wray/Empire State building version, not the 1970s Jessica Lange/Twin Towers/so bad it’s funny version) on the terrace at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Friday evening. I’m taking advantage of my summer hours program to go early and stake out a spot,

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‘Human-brained’ monkeys

SCIENTISTS have been warned that their latest experiments may accidently produce monkeys with brains more human than animal. In cutting-edge experiments, scientists have injected human brain cells into monkey fetuses to study the effects. Critics argue that if these fetuses are allowed to develop into self-aware subjects, science will be thrown into an ethical nightmare.

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King Kong Movie Trailer

The trailer for the King Kong movie is out!!! Movie to be released December 14th. I can’t wait!! What sucks, though, is that the only downloads they have at the site are AIM icons. I want desktop wallpaper, people. The photos are a disappointment as well, because they only show the cast members. Here is

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Monkeys Make Bad Pets

Despite the fact that I love monkeys, and have said several times that I want one, I know that monkeys aren’t good pets, something that’s come up in the news lately. They’re too intelligent and social to live with people and not with other monkeys, and they become bored and tend to overgroom and self-injure.

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New Monkey Species Discovered

Yeah! Scientists discover a new species of monkey in Africa. The BBC story includes a picture of the new guy, called the Highland Mangabey. “This exciting discovery demonstrates once again how little we know about our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates,” said Russell Mittermeier, chairman of the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation

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Surgery details and information

I go in for surgery at 5:30 a.m. this Friday at Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46206. 1-800-248-1199 is the toll-free number to call for information. If you want to see me in the hospital before surgery, please come at 5:30. If you are visiting while I’m in surgery,

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Poor Henry

A young gibbon monkey named Henry in a zoo in Minnesota is going to a new home because his parents have rejected him. The zoo has found him a surrogate mom in a zoo in Nashville, who will hopefully teach him socialization skills. Currently Henry’s only friend is a pillow named Fuzzy, that he holds

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Monkey Cuckoo

I’ve been looking around for an inexpensive Cuckoo clock for a while — and Rich just sent me a link to this one that has a monkey that peeks out of the door. Hee hee. Sadly, I don’t really have an extra $50.00 to spend on him.

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Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure

The company that makes all sorts of cool weird action figures has come out with a new one: Crazy Cat Lady, the lady with lots of kitties. Ohh, cool. This site also has a monkey that does somersaults.

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Monkeys In the News: Monkey Jail

The Chicago Tribune ran a fantastic article about a state pen in Punjab, India. The inmates are lifetime offenders, mostly nabbed for stealing, assault, and vandalism. Even the murderers are safe from capital punishment though. That’s because in India, it’s forbidden to kill monkeys. The thief threatened children with bricks and ripped the buttons off

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Fay Wray Dies at 96 in New York

Giant monkeys everywhere are crying. In other Obituary news, Rick James died this past weekend at the age of 56. However, the autopsy didn’t reveal a cause of death.

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Things I Learned from Hanuman

However pretty, the sun is not really a fruit. You can set the world on fire with your tail. If you look for the goodness in the hearts of everyone, you will notice gods in disguise walking among you. Sometimes the only solution is to make an enormous leap into the unknown, and have faith

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Monkeys In The News

After suffering an illness a few weeks ago, a 5-year-old female black macaque In Israel began walking upright on it’s back legs. Monkeys usually alternate between upright movement and walking on all fours. No word yet on whether they’ll make her start wearing clothes.

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Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey

The Year of the Monkey begins today… This is a year I’ve looked forward to for a while, because it’s the anniversary of my birth year (1968) and is supposed to be lucky for me, although from what I’m reading, it’s to be more entertaining than productive. “While a lively year of good times, good

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Chinese women want to give birth in year of monkey

Many expectant Chinese women are trying to delay the birth of their children until the Year of the Monkey begins next week because they think it will bring them luck, state media said.” Because being born in the Year of the Monkey ROCKS. And being born in the Year of the Goat SUCKS! In other

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Xmas Update

My mother knitted me a cool winter hat, and also got me a Bundt pan to make Monkey Bread (because I dropped HUGE hints about wanting one!). The Year of the Monkey is coming up (Jan 22nd), you know. I know because I was born in the Year of the Monkey. and Monkeys Are Cool

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King Kong Turns 70

One of my favorite old movies turns 70. Some possibly urban legends about deleted scenes from the 1933 movie, in which Kong chews some people up, steps on them, strips Fay Wray naked, drops a chick after grabbing her from a New York window, and does other stuff that shocked the hell out of people

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Monkeys: Cool. Monkey Pox: Not Cool

Check your prairie dogs, if you’ve got ’em. Apparently, prairie dogs purchased at an Illinois store are spreading monkey pox to their owners across the midwest. Health officials are looking for people who purchased the rodents from Phil’s Pocket Pets in Villa Park, Ill. People without prairie dogs needn’t worry.

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Kong Is Back

Peter Jackson of LOTR fame will remake one of my favorite movies ever: King Kong. It’s bound to be a great film. I can’t wait to see it. I wonder, though, what tall building in New York he’ll end up climbing… since the World Trade Center towers (from the 1974 movie) are no longer there.

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Monkeys In The News

As we all know, monkeys are cool(tm). Apparently, the UK thinks so too: they have a town that elected a monkey as mayor. That’s some monkey love for ya. Other fun monkey links: Monkey Wire — news of monkeys and apes Famous Monkeys Through History Hanuman The Monkey God — The story of the Hindu

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