December 14, 2011 - Monkey Day

Happy Monkey Day!

The people who created this holiday urge us to celebrate by dressing up as monkeys, sending monkey cards, or giving to a simian-oriented charity such as the Gorilla Foundation or the Monkey Sanctuary.

I think it's a great day to learn more about monkeys!

Did you know...?

  • a group of monkeys is called a troop.
  • although apes such as chimpanzees and gorillas (and humans!) catch colds, monkeys do not.
  • a spider monkey can hang onto a branch using just the tip of its tail.
  • monkeys yawn when they are tired but also when they are angry; smiling means showing their teeth and is a sign of aggression.
  • pygmy monkeys only grow to five or six inches tall/long, but mandrils can be up to three feet tall/long.

Learn more at Surfing the Net with Kids

At Learning Games for Kids, there are monkey games, puzzles, and videos.  
Danielle's Place has some funny monkey crafts, clip art, and even poems! 

Also on this date:

Anniversary of President LBJ saying, Some geniuses at Stanford University have created life in the test tube!" – when that wasn't what actually happened! 

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