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                    IN CHEESEQUAKE BASEMENT!
(UPI)  Cheesequake, Arizona.  One of the most pecular events in recent Cheesequake history occurred last weekend when an elderly janitor cleaning the basement of the Municipal Man and Mammal Museum stumbled on a biological oddity of major proportions.  “I didn't know what it was at first,” he commented sourly, “it was back in the corner, behind where they keep the spare lightbulbs and stuffed raccoons.”  The morose janitor, who refused to give his name, but whom Primate Nooz has identified as a high-school dropout and part-time museum employee from Hellmouth named Moseby Entwhistle, described to our reporter the dark, dank, dirty and dingy conditions of the basement.  “I haven't been down there since sometime last September,” he admitted, “so I don't know how long that thing's been there or where it came from.”
         Entwhistle went on to say that he had a difficult time just keeping the main floors of the Museum clean. “There's three floors and the annex,” he pointed out, “now how can I be expected to keep all that clean and the basement too?”  At this point in the interview he seemed close to tears, and our reporter had to assure him that he wasn't being accused of anything.  He finally pulled himself together and went on to say that the Museum would only pay him for ten hours of work per week, and even though he often put in extra hours on his own, sometimes months would pass before he could get back down to the basement.  “There's all kinds of stuff down there,” he said.
        When asked to comment on the quality of Entwhistle's work, the Museum Director, Dr. Hubbard Hinchcliff, declined to answer.  Primate Nooz has subsequently learned that the basement of the Man and Mammal Museum is scheduled to be completely renovated in August of next year, and that Mr. Entwhistle will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence beginning at that time.  How the new basement, or indeed the rest of the Museum, will be cleaned has not yet been decided.


(APE)  Burunamieh, Bali-Bali.  Many forest experts on this green and primate-overloaded Southeast Asian island have been baffled by the recent mysterious outbreak of jungle clearings that has bothered people and interfered with the harvesting of the Bali-Balinese potato bug.  This cream-colored insect roughly the size and shape of a Hershey's Kiss has been a major part of the Bali-Balinese Long Poh Festival, held annually in February.  The potato bug is worshipped by people throughout Bali-Bali.
        The circular clearings appear overnight and are roughly fifty feet across, said Professor Reedy R. Bascombe of the Singapore Simian Society, who admitted that he was stumped.  The aging rainforest authority hypothesized that the clearings might be the result of Amazon rootrot, brought into Bali-Bali in shipments of gobo root seedlings for several local plantations.  Vegetation-free patches of forest have been showing up in the poison-filled basin of the ancient, ant-strewn Amazon for at least five years.
        Primate Nooz attempted to contact the tall and lanky Dutch primatologist Piet Mons Apeldoorn at his Kualakurun Primate Reserve, where there have also been reports of such clearings, but he had left to join the search for missing Professor Mitsuo Ohhohoho in the green and unruly forests of northern Bali-Bali. Jungle clearings have been sighted from Madagascar to Badongo-Gazimbi to Makokou in Gabon, which are all places where gobo root seedlings have been imported.  There are as yet no clues as to the cause of this nasty forest blight.

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(AP)  Hellmouth, Arizona.  A sale on electric grooming combs at Hubbleheimer's 5 and Dime was overrun by primates on Saturday and the store was forced to close early to clean up the damage, according to Assistant Manager Ricky Spinoza, who told the Nooz that hordes of both prosimians and anthropoids descended on the store soon after opening time and bought out the entire supply of the new personal battery-operated hygiene devices.  A jumping spider monkey, two blueblooded tamarins, and a giant mouse lemur were treated for injuries at the scene and a winking martindale had to be admitted to the Horntoad Valley Memorial Hospital for observation.  More combs will be available next month.


(Reuters)  Libreville, Gabon.  A series of loud noises has been making primates edgy in this part of Africa for the past several months, and last Friday there was a noise that frightened even the rumpled galagos, close cousins of the more familiar stinky galagos, who are not easily frightened.  Some described it as the sound of a large object falling into a swamp, while others said it was more like the eerie sound of the fox-eared bat, and a few stated that it definitely wasn't like either of those.
        Bluetails, who are scared of almost any sound in the forest, were the first to disappear, diving into their unfortunately sodden burrows.  Very soon, most other primates were scurrying for cover because of the strange noise.  Teddy Bidwell and Robert Louis MacCown, who were doing a balloon survey of Gabonese wildlife at the time, heard the noise but didn't know what it was, so they ignored it. Dr. Oondóué M. Boué, out searching for any bluetail monkeys that might be around during a break in the search for Professor Mitsuo Ohhohoho, was taking a nap and slept through it.
        Local witchdoctors and primatologists agreed that it was probably a meteorological phenomena, but neither group was able to explain just what kind. Why so many primate species reacted in the identical manner they did has so far defied any reasonable explanation.

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