November 20, 2015 |
A ROBBER who made off with $18,500 from an Upper Darby check-cashing agency late last month only put on his "monkey style mask" about halfway through the crime, giving the victim ample opportunity to study the robber's face and provide a description to a sketch-composite artist, police said. On top of failing to properly mask himself throughout the duration of the crime, the bumbling suspect also managed to lock himself inside of the check-cashing business and required his victim's help to get out, according to police.
November 11, 2015 |
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.
June 27, 2015 |
Pop quiz! Settle down! 1. The name of the Seattle-based band Recess Monkey is an example of what kind of groan-inducing joke? 2. The band's moniker refers to a simian that is native to what region of the world? 3. How much fun are they? (Answers at this item's end.) A power trio of elementary-school teachers (one is lead singer and guitarist Drew Holloway, who grew up in Wayne and graduated from Upper Merion), Recess Monkey purveys a pure pop that appeals to all ages in an interactive and funny show.
April 17, 2015 |
DISNEY'S "Monkey Kingdom" had me wondering if documentary filmmakers have finally run out of cute animals. The subject of this movie is a Sri Lankan creature called a macaque, which is the noise you make when you have bronchitis and cough up a phlegm ball. The macaque embodies that sound. Picture a blond chimp with eczema and a bad toupee and you have the macaque, a species that has also built for itself a rather oppressive social order. "Monkey Kingdom" follows the story of Maya, a female who's a "low born" macaque, and thus excluded from access to the best food, even to interested suitors - when a handsome young bloke expresses interest, he's chased off by the alpha male, who then proceeds to ignore Maya (men!
January 16, 2015 |
For time-traveler Cole, his mission to prevent the viral plague that will wipe out nearly all of mankind two years from now is complicated. In 2043, the temporal technology (which looks a lot like the device in Stargate ) isn't really fine-tuned yet. They can calibrate the machine to slingshot Cole back to Philadelphia in 2015 (in fact, the desired target), but he might pop up years or even decades earlier - and halfway around the world. They keep trying to work out the bugs because the stakes are pretty high.
March 24, 2013
Remember when wine became popular enough to be "the new beer"? And then it flipped when craft beer became "the new wine"? It was inevitable the two would collide someday into one crazy fermented creature, and now we have it, an all-out "Bine" Revolution with everyone from Sonoma (Russian River) to Portland, Maine, (Allagash) aging beer in wine barrels. Victory is the latest to go grape guns on their brews, with the recent limited release of White Monkey, their popular Golden Monkey tripel aged three months in used chardonnay casks from Wente Vineyards.
January 29, 2013 |
TEHRAN, Iran - A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight. The mission also touched on concerns that advances in Iran's rocket expertise could be channeled into military use for long-range weapons that might one day carry nuclear warheads. Iran says it does not seek atomic weapons. Launching a live animal into space - as the United States and the Soviet Union did more than a half-century ago - may boost a country's stature.
November 21, 2012 |
BOISE, Idaho - A 22-year-old man who police say killed a monkey after breaking into the Boise zoo has faced run-ins with the law in the last three years that include a pair of drug arrests and a conviction for driving drunk. A day after Michael J. Watkins' arrest, authorities tried to answer what may have prompted the once-promising wrestler from western Idaho to enter the facility early Saturday, officials said. Members of the community and Watkins' family also were trying to determine what could have led to the attack.
October 15, 2012 |
THE UNITED Arab Emirates Football Association has demanded an apology after a story on the Asian Football Confederation website referred to its national side as the "Sand Monkeys. " General Secretary Yousuf Abdulla on Sunday called the wording in Friday's 2015 Asian Cup profile an "unfortunate affair" that "revealed some racist acts by some AFC officials. " An AFC spokesman said the wording was immediately removed once editors were made aware of it. He called it a "genuine mistake" inserted by a new website writer who had seen "Sand Monkeys" wrongly listed as the team's nickname on its Wikipedia page.
August 17, 2012 |
Michael Johnson isn't your usual University of the Arts music teacher. At 35, the native Floridian, during his time in our fair city, has been many things, from a member of the Lilys (a Philly shoe-gaze legend) to the one-man band that is Ape School. As an Ape, he has made deeply psychedelic music that has gone from absurdist electronica (as in the 2009 album Ape School ) to glam-laced love songs (the newly released CD Junior Violence ) and, in the process, taken advantage of his university's ownership of the fourth modular synthesizer Robert Moog ever made.