Did you know there's a publication called Painted Monkey? Chill, PETA people; it’s the California Art Education Association’s arts advocacy newsletter.
I’m sure the number of items would be well over 10,000 if Amazon hadn’t filtered out the “adult products” involving monkeys. From just glancing at what did make it through (a certain registered monkey trademark name for a body powder topped the list), I am SOOOO glad I got the censored inventory.
Then you have the films: "12 Monkeys," the 1996 time-travel, sci-fi thriller with Bruce Willis and stringy-haired Brad Pitt (pre both Jennifer and Angelina); "Monkey Business," Howard Hawks 1952 screwball comedy with Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers and Marilyn Monroe (guess who’s on the DVD cover); and the 1931 Marx Brothers "Monkey Business," this time with Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo up to their usual antics on a transatlantic crossing. And, of course, the latest remake of the greatest ape of all time, King Kong.
Don’t forget the music: Joe Ely’s list of Monkey Songs (I can’t explain it; it just makes me laugh); the Black Eyed Peas CD "Monkey Business" (wish I had the trademark on this phrase); and the hot new British band, Arctic Monkeys, scheduled to appear at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival in March.
Apparently, I could go on for days about monkeys, but I’ll close with a final comment on the commercial popularity of various small mammals: Only 1,372 guinea pig-related items show up on Amazon.