Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Monkey Queen's Mistake

Once upon a time, there was a tribe of monkeys living on an island, ruled by a monkey queen.

One enterprising monkey was out diving one day, and he discovered a treasure chest at the bottom of the sea surrounding the island. The treasure chest was too heavy for the one monkey to recover, so he appealed to the monkey queen for help.

The monkey queen thought for a moment -- probably she scratched her head the way we see a monkey do -- and she quickly came up with a plan. She decided she would grab one monkey's tail, then that monkey would grab another monkey's tail, and they would get all the monkeys to form a chain, each holding the tail of another, so the monkey at the end could hoist the treasure.

This is what she planned, but it did not work out very well. When the last monkey grasped the treasure chest, the monkey queen could not bear the weight of the monkey chain. They all tumbled head over heels into the sea and drowned.

This is an old story.

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