Yesterday I showed this picture to Allyson:
I said, "Isn't that a funny monkey?"
She replied, "That's not a monkey. It's a hee-haw fing."
"Do you mean a donkey?" I asked. She nodded. "Why do you think that's a donkey?"
"Cuz it has four legs," she explained.
I told her that monkeys have four legs, too, but sometimes they walk on their back legs.
"Well, that monkey has a funny bum!" she giggled.
It struck me as pretty hilarious that even at age two, Allyson has ideas about what bottoms should look like, and she thinks it's funny when a bottom doesn't fit the usual mold.
I found the picture on the main Yahoo page, and it was labeled the most emailed picture of the week. The caption just said something about it being a celebes crested macaque. There was no story with it. Obviously, other people had the same junior-high reaction that I did.
What does it say about our culture that the most popular picture is not a daring rescue, a cute baby, or even a beautiful woman? No, the most popular picture is a ridiculously giant monkey butt. I think it says God built us with a delightful, quirky sense of humor that unites us. We can all use a laugh with the scary economic news these days.