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May 01, 2003

Monkey Versus Air Force

A bunch of monkeys get scared when the RAF buzzes the zoo - if you can call it "buzzing" at 1000 feet - and what happens? The pilots not only apologize, not only change where they practice, but adopt one of the whiny brats! "Terribly sorry" we scared your monkeys -- this is why we love the English. But it does force us to ask: are English monkeys as polite as English people? It seems unlikely; "high-tailed it to the trees" puts one more in mind of the French, which also fits previous hypotheses. But given the evident effect of primate behavior on air force activity, I wonder if things would have gone differently if Churchill had decided to play the monkey card during the Battle of Britain?

posted by nick at 06:59 AM

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