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The Stomp Monkey

Funniest thing I’ve read all day — a true story from novelist Lucius Shepard:

…Gordon was given a pair of boxing gloves and ushered into the pit. He was in good spirits. A few minutes later, a half-grown chimp was shoved through a door in the pit wall. The chimp sat on its haunches, making “ook-ook” noises, while Gordon circled, his gloves held high. When the chimp did not attack, he said, “This is bullshit,” and demanded his money back. The owner, a lean, balding man, told him he had to anger the monkey to make it fight. Gordon adopted a boxer’s stance and nudged the chimp with his foot, whereupon the chimp leaped up…

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