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That chimpanzee is skateboarding...

I don't know exactly what the announcers are saying, but I think the gist of it is, "This is awesome, but not as life changing as the time Johnny Wright posted a video of monkeys ice skating to the Rocky Theme." Something like that.

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Awesome video! However, out of respect for the credibility of this blog, of which I'm a devoted reader, I need to point out that chimpanzees are not monkeys. They are apes (along with gorillas, orangutans, and bonobos.) Here's a quote from another blog about why this distinction is important:

"'Calm down,' you say. 'What does it matter if people call chimps monkeys? Chimps and monkeys are really close!' Well, calling a chimp a monkey is the taxonomic equivalent of calling a dog a cat. Both dogs and cats are of the order Carnivora, and are of different families. Both apes and monkeys are of the order Primate, with apes in one family and monkeys in another. So, if you wouldn't correct someone if they saw a lion and said 'Wow, what an impressive dog!' then feel free to ignore me. Otherwise, chimps are not monkeys. "

said TripleGrande on April 24, 2009 12:18 PM.

Believe me, my friend, I know. I have a bad habit of lumping all monkeys and apes together in an awesome primate stew. To he honest, monkey is just a funnier word than ape. So I use it a bit recklessly.

I appreciate the attention to detail.

Thanks for being able to read.

Yours in love and monkeys,


said Johnny Wright on April 24, 2009 12:30 PM.

Johnny, I blame it on the zoos....I can't recall being at a zoo and saying "hey--let's go to the ape house"--it's always about going to the monkey house.

So, grade school field trips are to blame...

said sarcastic one on April 24, 2009 12:34 PM.

True, Sarcastic One, most field trips are lame. However, in second grade we went to the Seattle waterfront and paid a visit to Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. They have mummies, a two-headed calf, a fiji mermaid, posters from old freak shows, shrunken heads, a shrunken torso, whale penis's, all kinds of oddities. Thus began my fascination with the bizarre and freaky. It started early.

But other than that, field trips are rubbish and I blame the Woodland Park Zoo for my lack of scientific labeling of monkeys.

said Johnny Wright on April 24, 2009 12:47 PM.

I didn't say they were lame...we actually went on cool ones...I always loved the museum of natural history in NYC...

But I *love* the idea of a young JW in training for his YBNBY future...that is hysterical.

said sarcastic one on April 24, 2009 1:17 PM.

That's a completely true story. I still get excited to go to the Curiosity Shoppe. There is also a life-size mural of Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man, on the wall across from the Pike Place Magic Shop. That thing fascinated me too.

The Curiosity Shoppe is a magical land.


said Johnny Wright on April 24, 2009 4:54 PM.

Dad burn those dad blamed monkeys

said Ty on April 25, 2009 10:17 PM.
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