Here’s the latest curiosity from the wide world of agriculture, via “The Ethicurean”, specifically a post by Marc R. titled “Monkeying around: Berkeley woman hires out fruit-picking primate”:
I was eating breakfast at North Berkeley’s Guerrilla Cafe the other day when I spotted a sign on the other side of the room with this intriguing headline: “MONKEY FOR HIRE.” After ordering their waffle of the day (buckwheat!), I went over to take a closer look at the sign. It read, “Are you tired of looking up into your tall fruit trees, gazing at lemons, apples, plums and other delicious fruits, but are unable to reach them?
If you answered YES, the Berkeley Fruit Monkey can help! For a small fee and a small share of the fruit, our trained monkey will climb your trees and pick your fruit.”
Curious, I called Alexis Bowden, the contact person on the advertisement, and asked her a few questions. What follows is a slightly edited transcript of that call.
What kind of monkey do you have?
He is a capuchin monkey, named Mojo. I got the name from a Simpson’s episode, the one where Homer gets a helper monkey.
Wasn’t the monkey on the TV show Friends a capuchin monkey? Did you consider naming him after that monkey?
That’s right, a capuchin was on Friends, but he was Ross’s monkey and Ross always bugged me. He was such a whiner.
But didn’t Homer’s laziness turn Mojo from helper monkey to unhealthy couch potato? Are you worried that his name might curse him?
Yeah, that’s what happened with Homer. I’m a much better example, eating a mostly raw diet, almost all organic too. So I’m pretty sure that Mojo won’t suffer the same fate….”