Sunday, March 6, 2011

Arnold loves his lollipop


Rhesus monkeys are being fattened and forced to live a couch potato lifestyle so researchers can learn more about the effects of obesity, according to a recent New York Times story. Like humans, the monkeys will stuff themselves simply out of boredom. One noteworthy discovery: Mr. Potato Head scares the bejesus out of infant monkeys born to fat mothers. That's a sign of apparent increased anxiety among those babies. I'd like to know how the researchers chose Mr. Potato Head to scare the monkeys. Mr. Potato, couch potato? Those researchers, they are funny. Pictured here is an old painting on slate of a monkey with candy, signed Tamara Kaser. Was Arnold a pet, a zoo animal or a junk food junkie for science?

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