Sunday, November 18, 2007

THINGS FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL 1

TAH will run a special section this Thanksgiving week pointing out a few things for which you should be thankful.

Let’s start in India. Be thankful that you don’t live in India. Never mind the searing heat, the overcrowding, the weird music, no eating beef and all that Bollywood nonsense, now the damn place is getting overrun by monkeys. Yes, monkeys.

According to various foreign media sources via The Drudge Report, troops of monkeys are out of control in India's northeast, stealing mobile phones and breaking into homes to steal soft drinks from refrigerators, lawmakers in the region have complained.

"Monkeys are wreaking havoc in my constituency by taking away mobile phones, toothpastes, sipping coke after opening the refrigerators," Hiren Das told Assam state's assembly. Because of shrinking forest cover, monkeys have increasingly moved into cities elsewhere in India as well.
He said the primates were "even slapping women who try to chase them".

Last week, around two dozen people were hurt after monkeys rampaged through a New Delhi neighborhood. Last month, the deputy mayor of Delhi died when he fell from his balcony after being attacked by monkeys.

Efforts to drive out the animals has been complicated by the fact that devout Hindus view them as an incarnation of Hanuman, the monkey god, who symbolizes strength.

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