Monkeys-Where they come from exclusively employs one species of monkey, a
species of asian macaque: the Chinese sleeping monkey (Macaca

Chinese sleeping monkeys are so named because if left to their own
devices and well fed, they can sleep most of the day and all night.  
Scientists believe that they evolved in the southern parts of China, and
can still be found in China today (according to their tags).  They are a
small species, ranging from 6 inches tall for juveniles to 12-18 inches for
adults.  They generally have sandy brown fur and white faces, hands,
and feet.  Their tails are fairly long for a macaque their size about 4-6

Researchers discovered by accident that this species of monkey had a
natural inclination and aptitude towards mechanics, particularly

A team of primate researchers from the University at Buffalo had been
tracking a troop of sleeping monkeys foraging and sleeping near an old
dirt road in Southern China.  The researchers were traveling in a rented
pair of older Land Rovers between the troop's habitat and the team's
campsite.  One afternoon after a good bit of rain the team was ready to
leave the habitat, when alas the Land Rovers would not start up
(surprise).  Not having any mechanical ability the team was
dumbfounded, but, nonetheless attempt to find the problem.  

After an hour or so of head scratching with the hood up, the researchers
decided to pack up their gear and hike down the road to the nearest
village and call for a tow.  While packing their gear they heard a great
commotion from the surrounding trees, and attributed this to the curious
little monkeys rustling about while observing their dilemma.   The team
had made it about 50 yards down the road when they heard the first
Land Rover start.  To their astonishment, given they had left the Land
Rovers unattended, they turned around only to see puffs of smoke and
condensation exiting the tail pipe of the closer Land Rover.  Intrigued
the team ran back towards the vehicles only to discover a pair of
Chinese sleeping monkeys working away under the hood of the second
Land Rover.  

The monkeys, almost oblivious to the humans presence, proceeded to
remove the spark plug wires and then the distributor cap exposing the
problem, water in the distributor.  The monkeys both blew on the
distributor and the rotor drying the water, and then reinstalled the rotor,
distributor cap, and spark plug wires (each one to the correct position on
the cap).  Upon completing their task, two other monkeys inside the
vehicle started the engine, one monkey turning the key, the other
working the throttle pedal.  Vroom vroom, apparently the monkeys liked
the sound of the engine or were at least pleased with themselves for a
successful roadside repair.

The researchers returned to the University at Buffalo to discuss their
findings but were reticent to publish given the outrageousness of their
story.  However, one student at the school did get wind of the discovery
and upon graduation a business plan began to take shape.  With the
help of the Ty company's contacts in China that student, now the CEO
of, began to recruit Chinese sleeping monkeys to
work on cars here in the United States.  With their innate love of all
things automotive (especially racing) the Chinese sleeping monkeys have
fit perfectly into our family here at  Of course as
we have said elsewhere, the monkeys are here voluntarily and can leave
at any time.  They are well cared for, in fact pampered, and have
virtually unlimited banana expense accounts.
disapproves of the use of Chinese sleeping monkeys, or in fact any
monkey, against their will and without their expressed WRITTEN consent.
Our monkeys are happy well fed and they are free, which is how all
monkeys should be.  Our monkeys just seem to be attracted to the smell
of gasoline and motor oil.  

As a follow-up suggests the use of American
made Jeep brand vehicles in lieu of Land Rovers, for reasons of
improved reliability, enhanced off-road performance, and a reduced need
to carry monkey mechanics.
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