Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Where do you hide 125,00 gorillas?

Shades of the old joke:

Q: Where does a 300 pound gorilla sleep?

A: Anywhere he wants to!
And the answer to, "Where do 125,000 gorillas sleep?" is clearly "in a swamp, in the Republic of Congo." (cnn.com)

This answer is not to be confused with "in the library, with the candlestick", though it may be added to a future African version of the game.
"It's pretty astonishing," Hugo Rainey, one of the researchers who conducted the survey for the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society, told CNN Tuesday.
Back in the 80s, the gorilla census was 100,000, and now estimates were down in the 50,000 range. And now someone managed to find 125,000 gorillas. Astonishing!?! No kidding, Kojak.

Hmm, my guess is that things must have gone down something like this...
Dave: Would you look at this, another frigging memo from management about wildlife counts?!?

George: Um, Dave, this _is_ the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Dave: Oh, right.

George: *sigh* I hope Sam comes back from vacation soon.

Dave: I'm just gonna use last year's count. Really, how much could it have changed?

George: Don't you think you should actually count them?

Dave: I'm not going to Africa over the 4th of July. I'll miss all the fireworks. Besides we're the _U.S.-based_ Wildlife Conservation Society. Let those guys over in the Africa division count their own monkeys.

George: *for the hundreth time* Gorillas aren't monkeys...

Dave: Ok, ok. Kingdom, Phylum, Class, yada, yada, yada.

Dave heads out of the office for a minute and then returns.

Dave: *writing furiously* Fifty thousand monkey, er, gorillas.

George: You counted them?

Dave: Yeah, I ducked out into the parking lot and didn't see any. I mean, gorillas are big suckers. You should be able to spot them easy.

George: Um...we're in New York City.

Dave: I'm not stupid. I made sure I looked east towards Africa. Didn't see any.

George: *begins bouncing head on desk*

Dave: Have a good weekend, see ya Monday!

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