Welcome to Monday

21 Mar

Feeling a knot of tension in your stomach, brought on by the knowledge that you’re still standing on the welcome-mat of a long week ahead?

Worried about that outstanding item on your schedule? Annoyed by the chipper attitudes of your workmates?

Might I suggest the soothing visage of a chimp in a tux?

Chimp in a tux - life.com

From the wikipedia article on the Belle Vue Zoological Gardens:

In 1893 a chimpanzee was purchased from another of Wombwell’s Travelling Menageries in London. The four-year old chimpanzee, Consul, was dressed in a smoking jacket and cap and puffed on a cob pipe; he frequently accompanied [zoo owner] James Jennison to business meetings.

I’m sure Consul must have been a master negotiator in the boardroom, but, as often happens, his heir had a more artistic bent – from the same article:

Consul proved to be exceptionally popular, and after his death on 24 November 1894, the Jennisons immediately obtained a replacement, Consul II, who played a violin while riding a tricycle around the gardens, later graduating to a bicycle.

Consul II

5 Responses to “Welcome to Monday”

  1. Justin Bowes March 21, 2011 at 12:54 #

    Bless you, Sir. Bless you.

  2. bmj2k March 21, 2011 at 13:49 #

    As I’ve often noted, everything is better with monkeys.

    • JRD Skinner March 21, 2011 at 15:44 #

      So far as I’m concerned, you’ve been right every time.

  3. O-Pop March 22, 2011 at 11:51 #

    As I’ve mentioned before, I find myself often navigating away from JRD’s posts with the nagging question in my mind; “Where’s MY (whatever the topic of his post was)?!” Be it robot cat, giant nocturnal ground owl, or in this case – monkey in a tux.

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