There are five commonly accepted collective nouns for a group of baboons:
- a congress of baboons
- a flange of baboons
- a rumpus of baboons
- a tribe of baboons
- a troop of baboons
I’m pretty sure this is a rumpus.
The Swedish office for Tori’s company sent her a rather interesting promo for a music festival just now:
The premise is interesting to me, of course, but the actual experiment is bullshit. It was nice of them to hang the keyboard upside down for it, but is a two-toed sloth even a monkey? Disqualified. And why do the pygmy marmosets get the Bleeptronic 5000 while the baboons are stuck with the Casiotone? Who can blame that guy at 1:51? Then again, maybe he was just emulating Art of Noise:
I say give that guy some samples and see what he can really do.
It’s such a fine line between touching and terrifying sometimes, isn’t it?
I find history and politics to be intimidatingly complicated, so when something like massive protests in Egypt comes up, I tend to shut up and retreat to simpler ideas about the subject in general. Egypt. Sometimes when I think of Egypt, I think of that interesting casting choice they made for that TV movie back in the ’80s by casting Louis Gossett, Jr. as Anwar al-Sadat, but right now, even that thought is a little too complicated and controversial for my brain. Let’s retreat further.
Egypt. I had a history teacher in high school who said that Egypt was the sexiest word in the world. “Those curves! The swooping! And then you have to cross that t!” Okay, I’m going to stick with this thought. I suppose in this day and age it could be controversial that a high school teacher tells his students what he thinks is sexy, but if I retreat to any simpler thought than this, I’m going to be stuck staring at that mummified baboon at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum they used to take us to on field trips in grade school. Hm. Mummified baboon. Wait; what? Apparently there isn’t even a baboon in that thing I spent all that time staring at. It’s a goddamn jar wrapped in cloth. To the cartoons, then.
The website for the radio show Shut Up, Weirdo recently drew my attention to the 20th century American artist Mort Kunstler. I had never heard of Mort Kunstler before, which is kind of odd because his art is right up my alley. He contributed artwork to various men’s magazine stories with titles such as:
Oh, wait; I guess he didn’t illustrate that last article. But still. I would want to read all of these stories even without the fantastic artwork. I can’t find the accompanying story for my favorite illustration by him, however.
The baboons in South Africa are now coming after the grapes for our wine. Our wine, people. According to Discovery and the AP,
‘”They choose the nicest bunches, and you will see the ones they leave on the ground. If you taste them, they are sour,’ said Francois van Vuuren, farm manager at La Terra de Luc vineyards, 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Cape Town. ‘They eat the sweetest ones and leave the rest.’…
One farm, La Petite Ferme, was hit particularly hard after fires in the Franschhoek wine-producing region devastated large swaths of land, burning up the baboons’ normal foraging areas. The primates then descended on its chardonnay crop, eating or destroying up to three tons of grapes.”
Okay, okay. I’m really trying to keep out of this human vs. primate war (mainly because I think we’ll lose, but…). Maybe we can reach some sort of detente, baboons. Keep to the chardonnay grapes and keep your mitts off the pinot noir, and I have no issue with you. Let’s talk about this.
I know a fellow named Tomatoes, and it was his birthday yesterday. I don’t know if Tomatoes is his real name; I don’t know a lot about Tomatoes, actually. One of the few things I know about Tomatoes is that when he was a kid, he played soccer across the street from a bunch of hippo goddesses that protected a mummified baboon. Also, I know that he’s not in this cartoon:
Anyway, happy birthday, Tomatoes!
The AP reporting from South Africa early last week:
As a primate who loves a good sandwich, I’m impressed. I’m not yet at the point where I’m able to jump through a window to get one. Score one more for the baboons.
According to some news out of Merseyside this summer, baboons have joined in on the ever-escalating human vs. primate war that I have been keeping my eye on. And it goes without saying that they’re not on our side.
The Daily Mail is reporting that the baboons at the Knowsley Safari Park, previously thought merely to be petty vandals and license plate thieves, have now taken to exhibiting deviant sexual behavior in the form of stealing bras and panties from car rooftop luggage racks and rolling around in a semi-engorged state while drooling over said garments. They also are apparently on the lookout for inflatable sex toys:
So far, the park has issued “Anti Social Baboon Orders” on the animals and there are rumors of military deployment, but there are no confirmed reports about the latter. I will of course continue to follow the story; feel free to post any tips of your own in the comment section.