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Old 01-21-2004, 03:21 AM   #16
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Thanks.

Apparently Singaporeans have completely bought out a line of red & pink underwear that has pictures of monkeys on it. Apparently they're auspicious undies since monkeys - it being the year of the monkey - flash their pink butts while courting others. Apparently superstition is in fashion.

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did it ever fall out of fashion?

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Beijing, Jan 24 (IANS):

As part of celebrations for the Chinese year of the monkey, a safari park in the country dyed its simians in colours like red and yellow -- to the bemusement of the animals and outrage of activists.

Xinhua reported that the park in northeast China's Liaoning province dyed all its monkeys to welcome the Chinese lunar new year January 22.

A staff member from the Forest Safari Park of Shenyang city said it was no easy job to dye monkeys for they were "uncooperative".

"We had to anaesthetise them first. They seemed to be surprised at their new strange coats when they woke up. But after a while, they seemed happy with it."

However, some human beings haven't taken the exercise as sportingly.

Zhu Chengwei, director of the Shenyang Wild Animal Protection Station, said the park should have tested the process first to see if it would upset the monkeys.

"If the park is found to be maltreating wild animals, we will take necessary action to protect them," he warned.

Zoologist Liu Mingyu from the Environment and Life Sciences School of Liaoning University said this was the first time he had seen dyed monkeys, and whether the process would hurt them depended on the chemical components of the dyes.

"As for whether it will hurt their minds, we can observe their reactions after being dyed to determine that," Liu said.

A beauty salon manager said the cream used to dye the monkeys contained chemical products that would certainly hurt them.

A chemical engineer held the same view. He said the dye would normally have a negative effect on animal skin, and monkeys were no exception.

An advertisement firm designer in Shengyang said dyeing monkeys was "rather original in concept". And because 2004 is the year of the monkey, colouring the animals is a good idea that will make the park a more lively place, he said.

Song Yanzhu, deputy director of the Wild Animal Supervision Department of the park, said they had selected the best cream for monkeys, and no lead or other harmful material was used.

But Song did not name the type of dye used.

"Monkeys are not in the habit of licking their skin, so they will not mistakenly eat the cream," Song said. "From their reaction after being dyed, they showed no excitement or extraordinarily abnormal emotion."

Xu Dianju, president of the park's wild animal hospital, said they had also dyed their wild horses to make them resemble zebras.
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If the monkeys are not affected, its not all that bad is it?
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four day weekend!

I've avoided Chinatown like the plague though. There's a saying - 'chuan liu bu xi' - that if a stream were to flow through it it would get blocked off.
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Old 01-24-2004, 09:56 AM   #21
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This time of year confuses me - I know that I am going to spend the next two weeks still writing 'The Year of the Chicken' on my checks.
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So what year is everyone born in?

I'm born in a 'rat' year.

Other famous rats: Bono and Adam
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I'm born in a "Dog" year... (does that mean I am "Bit...??)
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Old 01-26-2004, 11:35 AM   #25
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If the monkeys are not affected, its not all that bad is it?
but no one knows if the monkeys are not affected and furthermore it plain looks ridiculous to me. how you doin boondocks. <g> - f.
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Celebrated yesterday! good times.

What sucks is that it seemed as if all the Chinese-Americans were either hiding or working, while all the "others" were in Chinatown watching the celebration.

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