Comment o’ the Week! MONKEY EDITION!

I’m a bit late but fashionably so, I assure you. Before I get to the Really Big Shoe, I’d like to once again tell you all to get your bums (and your hobos) to Connecticut tomorrow for the live Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe! It’s going to be lots and lots of fun and there may (will) be much frivolity immediately afterward at a local pub of some sort.

On to the COTW!

This week’s winner was nominated (I was going to say “nommed” but that made me think of a lolcat) twice for two different comments in the same thread: yesterday’s Quickies. Here’s comment #1:

SteveNo Gravatar // Oct 9, 2008 at 9:53 am

Augh! Monkeys are taking jobs away from us! You know someone somewhere is reading this and wondering if they can teach monkeys to work a Frialator.

As always, don’t forget to cast your vote for next week by writing “COTW” in response to your favorite comment.

I guess I’m safe for now. I haven’t seen any stories about monkeys writing Java code. Y’know, you could do a scale of how complex a job is based on how many monkeys it takes to do it. Waiter = 1 monkey, Shakespeare = infinite number of monkeys. I figure my job’s somewhere in between.

On a side note, I think all jobs should be rated by how many monkeys could do them, and that information could appear on help wanted ads and in job descriptions. Like, “Help wanted: chemist. 850-monkey level. PhD required.” Or perhaps, “Help wanted: homeopath. Half-monkey-level.” Etc.

Anyway, here’s his other nommed comment:

SteveNo Gravatar // Oct 9, 2008 at 11:07 am
@ImrryrNo: How about a reality show where monkeys/apes fill in for you at work while you take a vacation? “Chimp my Job” or something.

You just know someone from TLC is reading this and thinking, “YES. Ratings gold!”

So, congratulations to Steve! Your prize is FREE entry to our otherwise-donation-requested life SGU show! I’ll see you there.


Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. Monkeys do my job free in the public zoo … not because it is terribly easy and brainless … but, let’s face it, they’re just as pervy as the rest of us.

    The moment body hair is in, I might have to worry about my job security. Damned monkeys.

  2. Aww, thanks. I’m afraid I can’t make the SGU thing, though. A bit out of my way (9 1/2 hour drive).

    Ever thought of setting up a wifi laptop with video conferencing capability? Maybe not for SGU but definitely for the pubs.

  3. Lab mixes are the best,

    If only I could get mine to cozy up to cats that way…THEN I could like, actually have one…


    Great, great, great pic.



    Nice cat, too.

    Sam! You see by this photo, that I can get a little more co-operation out of you…

    Not working. Too bad.

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