You can know anything. It's all there. You just have to find it.

-Neil Gaiman


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

All I want for Christmas... my own monkey.

Picture it: You come home from a long day at work and your monkey is in the kitchen fixing you a Brandy Manhattan with extra olives.

When we went to Thailand a few years ago, we stopped at a monkey school on the island of Koh Samui, which a large island in the Gulf of Thailand. We had gone kayaking to Dragon Island where they filmed the movie, The Beach, and we went to go ride elephants and also see the monkeys. They trained these macaques to climb up the coconut trees, spin the nuts until they popped off the branch and fell down. Because the trees are so tall, this is the most efficient way of harvesting them.

Leave it to the Japanese to take it a step further.

I bet they saw these Thai monkeys picking coconuts and thought, "Screw Coconuts! What we need is a monkey to serve beers!"
"Heck, yeah!"

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