The Great Monkey Deception
Y’all are not going to believe this.
This morning, as I was eating cereal and waiting for the coffee to clear the dregs of sleep from my brain, the kids were watching TV. (Don’t judge; I’m a terrible person, let alone mother, before I’m sufficiently caffeinated.)
Anyway, they were watching Curious George. We’ve seen every episode a thousand times by now, but somehow, I never quite noticed…
THAT CURIOUS GEORGE HAS NO TAIL.
See?!? I am so not making this up.
Now, every Curious George book I’ve seen starts with the phrase “This is George. George is a monkey,” or some such. All the PBS disclaimers at the end of the episodes say, “George is a monkey. He can do things you can’t do.” You know, so that if your children try to swing from tree branches by their nonexistent tails and fall and break their legs, you can’t sue the network.
Anyway, according to Wikipedia, this means George is not a monkey, but an ape (perhaps a chimp), or a gorilla (um, no).
I mentioned The Great Monkey Deception to Mark as he was on his way out the door, and he said, “Well, maybe he’s a macack.” At least, that’s what I thought he said, because frankly, I assumed he made the word up.
So I said, “Yeah, right, George the curious macack. Very funny.”
Somebody please sign my husband up for Jeopardy. And order me a large slice of humble pie.