The strangest headline I read today

by on August 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm in Science | Permalink

Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts

Yet the subheader is arguably yet stranger:

Japanese macaques will completely flip out when presented with flying squirrels, a new study in monkey-antagonism has found. The research could pave the way for advanced methods of enraging monkeys.

That is from the Christian Science Monitor.  Hat tip goes to Andrew Sullivan.

1 Lisa August 2, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Where is the Onion link? Did someone forget to credit the Onion? “Advanced methods of enraging monkeys” could come from no other news source than America’s most trusted.

2 Brennan August 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Science is indeed advancing on every front – and I mean EVERY front. Truly, we are privileged to live in these times.

3 Silas Barta August 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Agree with Lisa. That looked _exactly_ like the kind of thing you see on The Onion. They’re always running stuff like, “Barry Bonds taking steroids, reports Society for Stating the Obvious”.

Seriously, “monkey-annoyance experts”? WTF?

4 joe August 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm
5 libert August 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Tom Tucker: “Coming up next: Can bees think? A new study indicates that no, they cannot.”
-Family Guy

6 Yancey Ward August 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Stimulus dollars at work?

7 Roy August 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Well monkeys. especially macaques, are very annoying. It is only right that we should occassionally annoy them back.

Japan has a flying squirrel population, but most places inhabited by macaques do not. Squirrel range in Asia is largely confined to its Northeasterly most parts, becuase Suirrels have only been in Asia for a short time (geologically speaking). I would be curious if this result would also be found with Macaque populations who have never encountered squirrels. If this is the case it would be interesting in terms of cognitive research, but also very very useful.

8 Al Brown August 3, 2010 at 12:28 am

how does one become a monkey annoyance expert? do I need a phd?

9 sourcreamus August 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm

As someone who has been interested in monkey annoying for several years I would urge caution in believing this article. The whole field has become so political that many of these so called monkey annoyance ‘experts’ are just time serving hacks. Many famous monkey annoyers seem to think that it is their job to protect the status quo from new ideas and practices rather than to honestly look at what really bothers the monkeys. They are using their status to keep innovative techniques out of the most prestigous journals if they contradict current theories. In fact most of the breakthroughs in recent years have come from people trained in related fields such as gorilla teasing.

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