Monkey-related articles/media:

Monkey misery for Kenyan women villagers (BBC, 8/24/07)

Monkey See, Monkey Do (Time, 10/17/06)

Baboon "Gangs" Run Wild in South Africa (National Geographic, 10/4/06)

Delhi metro in monkey business (BBC, 8/2/06)

Highway to be cleared of monkey raiders (BBC, 11/19/04)

Nuisance monkeys could be exported (BBC, 9/2/04)

Black Belt Chimp (Apple video)



Anthropologists believe that in ancient Africa the most common form of currency was the "pidget." Pidgets were in fact an enslaved race of short and stout people, resembling a cross between pygmies and malformed midgets. They mated young and furiously, which led to short generation spans and huge families. Because of their stature, they tired easily and were ill-suited for even basic farming tasks. Their masters, men of normal height, instead discovered that the pidgets made a surprisingly convenient mode of currency due to their small size and large populations. Often, several were kept in large cages or simply chained together until the family needed to buy some tools or groceries. Crude pictorial pricelists found in an ancient marketplace reveal that for 3 pidgets one could buy a stone hammer and for 66 pidgets one could buy a wife.

But how did such a cruel societal modus operandi arise? Was it effective as an economic system? And what was life like for a member of this noble yet ill-fated race? These questions will be examined in the series of articles that follow.

A Review of Pidget Sexual Culture

Pidgets: A Historical Overview