Monkey in a smart coat visits suburban Ikea

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26 Responses to “Monkey in a smart coat visits suburban Ikea”

  1. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    C’mon internets! There had better be an adorable monkey-antics video (set to the good Mr. Coulton’s “Ikea”, naturally) on youtube by noon.

  2. Missy Pants says:

    It was COLD yesterday in Toronto! It snowed, freezing rain, and winds, the whole shebang. I’m really glad this little guy made a break for it and will now get to spend his life in a sanctuary. Stupid people. (Also, that Ikea, on a Sunday afternoon during the xmas season = several hours in line, morons!)

  3. toyg says:

    I don’t know why, but I simply cannot find any monkey “funny”, in any circumstance whatsoever. I’m either sad for their captive conditions, or scared shitless by the thought that between us and them there’s so little difference, they might be laughing at us for all we know.

    I don’t care for pandas though. Pandas are dumb, deheheh.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I hate pandas. They look like clowns.

      And I’m not too thrilled with monkeys either. After spending time in India and Nepal where monkeys knock people down on city streets to steal their groceries, they don’t seem in the least bit cute.

      • toyg says:

        Yeah, but isn’t it sort of comforting, knowing that they’re “just” regular bullies, albeit vicious? They’re after your loot, not your life.

        Koalas are much scarier. They sit there, eating, thinking… and then they look at you with an empty stare, like a serial killer trying to determine whether he wants to keep eating his bamboo or would rather cut you into bloody little pieces, y’know, for the fun of it.

  4. Mitch_M says:

    It really becomes not funny once you process it a little. A scared, confused animal was captured and then held in a strange place separate from the people he has bonded with.

  5. petz79 says:

    That’s what I call a monkey business!

  6. I’m trying to think of a joke about monkeys, Ikea and Skinner boxes but my heart isn’t in it. Poor monkey. :(

  7. Jellodyne says:

    The IKEA MONKË are really cute this year!

  8. VBartilucci says:

    How it didn’t up in the ball-pit is beyond me.

    Heck, if I were in Ikea marketing, I’d have tried to get it to assemble a bookcase or two, just to prove a point.

  9. SedanChair says:

    He had to wind his way through the entire store before he could get out the other side.

  10. gromit32767 says:

    North York was subsumed into Toronto in the 1998 amalgamation so it can’t accurately be called a suburb of Toronto: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amalgamation_of_Toronto#1998_amalgamation 

    • Itsumishi says:

      The word suburb has varied definitions. In Australia suburb is simply is simply used where a North American might say district  or neighbourhood, i.e. even inner areas of cities are referred to as suburbs. Although they’re not usually referred to in the slang term “the burbs” nor are they referred to as suburbia. The terms inner-suburb or outer-suburb are used to distinguish the two when necessary as well.

      It is a little surprising that Cory has used the term like that, as he’s a Canadian expat living in the UK and my experience in Toronto (where I’ve been the last 4 months) and the UK (where I’ve spent far less time) I’ve not heard the word used in the same manner as it is in Australia or New Zealand.

    • GregS says:

      I live in Toronto and I call North York a suburb, even though it is part of the city. Most people here use the word suburb to describe an area of a city that’s (1) outside of the downtown core, and (2) relatively new (i.e. postwar). Maybe another way to think of it is that the suburbs are the urban areas designed around the automobile, as opposed to the older parts of the city that were designed primarily for people on foot.

    • Jerril says:

       At least in my part of Ontario, “suburburban” is an adjective describing a neighborhood of a city that is “not urban” ie “not apartment buildings, not downtown lifestyle”, whatever.

      Single family or semi-detached homes, lawns (tree optional but recommended), your own driveway and even your own garage? You’re in the suburbs.

      If you either don’t have a car because it’s annoying, or you park on the street or in a shared lot with the other 4-400 families in your building, and everyone up and down your street is the same? You’re downtown.

      There’s a subset of “downtown” involving very narrow single-family brownstone buildings packed in shoulder to shoulder and usually 3 floors, that predate the automobile. These probably used to qualify as “suburban” but got overrun :)

  11. BarBarSeven says:

    Fake. Who dresses up to go to Ikea?

  12. TheKaz1969 says:

    Toronto is so friggin’ cool…

  13. jimh says:

    My, but that is a very smart coat.

  14. feetleet says:

    How is THAT a smartcoat, Q? The coat falls conspicuously short in the hidden compartment and ejector seat departments. And it’s clearly bespoke for that monkey – probably doesn’t even take USB.

  15. Monkey’s next stop: Yonge Street!

     http://youtu.be/q3c2vLFJZCs

    “There’s a rainbow in Toronto,
    Where the monkeyshiners are bold . . .”

  16. soylent_plaid says:

    Damnit, that’s the Ikea near my place.  WHY DIDN’T I GO TO IKEA YESTERDAY???

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