Wed May, 11 2011
"A Good Day At The Monkey Cages"
"It was a slow day at the zoo. A couple of patrons watched quietly as a couple of monkeys examined a broken object and worked out that they could fit it through the bars and probably get it to go in the light socket. One patron said 'Look, this is why I come here. They're smart, they're going to use that as a tool.' One patron, named Billy, stepped between them, put a hard boot to the cage and shouted 'KNOCK IT OFF, MONKEYS.'I can't help it: this must go into the All-Time Golden Treasury of Blog Comments because of how it so picturesquely catches what happened over there.
The other patrons were taken aback, as were the monkeys. They rose up shrieking, some at Billy, but most at each other, as monkeys do when confused. One of the monkeys ran to the back of the cage, hoping the zookeeper would be there to chase Billy off. Some of the patrons tried to make soothing noises. These weren't the noises the monkeys were used to, they didn't sound like monkey noises, so they got even more upset. These patrons persisted, sometimes with monkey-speak, and occasionally in plain english, so the other patrons might know what they were trying to say.
By now a lot more patrons had come to see what the commotion was about, as there was quite a bit of shrieking and feces throwing. Those patrons knowledgeable about monkeys tried to explain what was happening over the noise. The zookeepers, knowledgable about patrons, quietly remarked to themselves, 'It's a good day at the monkey cages.'"
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