Friday, September 15, 2006

 

Keeping up with the Joneses

In an already strange news item on Reuters, wjth the unlikely headline "Dead ape sparks rabies fear in Paris suburbs," I came upon this even stranger bit of cultural insight.
"Although it is illegal to own Barbary apes as pets, authorities believe that many of the animals are illegally smuggled into France from Morocco and Algeria and are seen as the ultimate furry status symbol in the tough Paris suburbs."
Apes? As suburban status symbols? Wow. I'm clearly living in the wrong suburb.

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