Monday, April 23, 2007

Happy Birthday!

We have two birthday primates today:

William Shakespeare, the Poet Ape


Jiggs, the actor who played Cheeta in the Tarzan movies.

One is long dead, but the other is celebrating the ripe old age of 75!

In light of the Infinite Monkey theorem, the coincidence does seem odd, does it not? Of course, Jiggs is a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), not a monkey, but perhaps there's your error in the theory! Wrong species!

I could only find one Shakespeare quote that mentions primates, so here ya go:

"Man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep."

Measure for Measure, Act 2, Scene 2

Happy Birthday, boys!

Ps. Jiggs' website (yeah, even a chimp has a website these days) says his birthday is April 9th, but how can they be sure? Where they there? Does he have a birth certificate? I labored over this blog post and I'm sticking to it!

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