Monkey gets upset about receiving unequal pay (Video)


31 Responses to “Monkey gets upset about receiving unequal pay (Video)”

  1. kiwidebz says:

    If you pay peanuts, you get… oh, never mind.

  2. CastanhasDoPara says:

    Proof positive that creatures with the capacity to think universally get uppity when things are obviously unfair.

    As a corollary I posit that the Wallstreeters are either sub-intelligent slugs or are amoral, unethical jerks, or both.

    • GlyphGryph says:

      Oh no, wall streeters are more than capable of getting pissed as hell if things are unfair.

      Just notice which of the two monkeys “recognize unfairness” and get upset about it.

    • waetherman says:

      I think the point is that whichever monkey is getting paid less will think that the system is unfair, while I’m sure that further tests would show that the monkey getting paid more believes that he is smarter and/or working harder and therefore deserves to get paid more.

      • SamSam says:

        The fact that the cucumber-getter is getting all upset just shows that he’s lazy and dependent on the government. If he had had the brilliant foresight to be placed in the right-hand cage, he would be getting justly rewarded with grapes, but you’ll never get the ungrateful sod to understand that.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          Bitch, your cucumber looks fine to me.

        •  Fully 47% of monkeys are willingly in left hand cages out of sheer laziness and lack of good work ethics, when with just a little determination and hard work they could be in right hand cages and enjoying the fruits of their labors (so to speak).

      • CastanhasDoPara says:

        Indeed, unfortunately they are just trained monkeys, fed at the whim of the human and therefore neither of them is really any better off or better than the other and certainly not better off than the human. Which I suspect a lot of the top echelons of society (human) think that they are superior creatures and that all their “serfs” are just little monkeys singing and dancing in a cage for table scraps.

        Clearly it’s not the guy down the hall with a nicer cubicle or even the guy a few floors up with an actual office we should be focusing on as to why our lot in life stinks; it’s the guys on the outside of the box looking at all their dancing little monkeys toiling away for a handful of fruit while they kick back and eat steak. Or something like that anyway.

  3. Samantha Roberts says:

    I was left with the overwhelming question…..did that monkey ever get a grape?  When the test was over? 

    • cfuse says:

       They were both euthanised and had their brains dissected. Then the researcher ate all the remaining grapes and cucumber.

  4. UncaScrooge says:

    If the monkey is protesting like an American, he’ll demand that the other monkey’s grapes be downgraded back to cucumber slices.  It’s only fair.

    If the monkey is protesting like a foreign anarchist, he’ll demand that he be paid in grapes like the other guy.  Further study is warranted.

    • Stefan Jones says:

       Meanwhile, a third monkey who received 4,765 grapes thinks these two are fucking slackers who should be lucky to get half a cucumber slice when monkeys overseas are getting a third a cucumber slice for the same work.

  5. mmmPi says:

    In our house we often use the expression “where’s my grape,” to describe unfair situations (we heard about these tests several years ago). 

    • Shibi_SF says:

      I like grapes so I’d have to twist up your phrase and say… “Just take your cucumber and shaddup about it!”

  6. I saw a thing once about chimps being made to share their bunches of grapes, but one chimp did this by eating all the grapes and then sharing just the stalks with the other chimp.
    “What? He got half the bunch! The half made of stalks.”

  7. Stefan Jones says:

    Someday the monkeys will realize the real solution is to cooperate in cracking open the head of the experimenter with the rock, putting an end to these manipulative games.

  8. timquinn says:

    We are talking about unequal pay for the same work and all people can think of is Wallstreet. 


  9. Modano says:

    Capuchin monkeys are people too, my friend!

  10. sky croeser says:

    This totally seems like the kind of groundbreaking experiment that it’s worth keeping another sentient being in a cage for! Obviously we humans are making great strides in understanding ‘fairness’.

  11. Boundegar says:

    Holy hell he looks exactly like Bill Murray.  Mannerisms, even!

  12. mcaron00 says:

    Mitt Romney: “50% of monkeys are getting free food from lab technicians, yet they see themselves as victims. I think they only have themselves to blame.”

  13. retepslluerb says:

    Fun fact: Primatologists make less money than bankers.

  14. 666beast1 says:

    Go little monkey! Rage against the machine!

  15. Victor Reijs says:

    This is very in line with the idea in the Book Animals in Transition (of Temple Gradin). Great to see this behavoir!!! So human.

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