The Scientific Indian

Charming monkeys?

At the Beebs:

A group of Indians are planning to present a statue of the revered Indian monkey God, Hanuman, to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The group decided to order the idol after they read a magazine report saying that Mr Obama carried a good luck ‘monkey king’ charm.

Let me paraphrase: Primates present magic potion to alpha male (to be fair, they would’ve done something similar if it was an alpha female).

Charming monkeys? I don’t think so. They are so transparent. It is an embarrassment to share genetic heritage with them.


  1. #1 themadlolscientist
    June 25, 2008

    I find this a little disturbing, coming as it does in the wake of the Obama-as-Curious-George T-shirt flap. I realize that the gift is being given as a gesture of respect and support, but I’m afraid the redneck crowd could get way too much mileage out of it.

  2. #2 DDeden
    June 26, 2008

    It is hard to convey five-dimensional ideas in a language evolved to scream defiance at the monkeys in the next tree. — The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch, by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen

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