Vol. 89,  No. 2
Hellmouth,  Arizona
Mar. 10,  1989

        The hot cerulean sunlight lay like a thick blanket over the calm waters of the Caribbean last week as the huge silver and white Gabon Airways 747 carrying Dr. Oondóué M Boué began descending in its approach to the Miami International Airport. Dr. Boué, en route to the Irradiation of Primates Conference in Tampa, was listening half-heartedly to the air traffic control channel on his headset when he heard the pilot make the following cryptic remarks: “...don't know where we are...,” “...navigation readings are crazy...,” “...can't see the sun...,” and “...any more coffee back there?”  He tried to sleep, but his febrile mind continued to churn, turning the strange words over and over.
          Dr. Boué surely was not alone in noticing the sudden flickering of the cabin lights as the sky outside quickly grew dark and the large jet began banking first one way and then the other.  There must have been at least a few passengers other than Dr. Boué who became aware of the abrupt disappearance of the flight attendants.  He could not have been the only one to sense the total cessation of movement as the aircraft came to rest, somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle.  Dr. Boué was fortunate to have a window seat, and as he peered out into the murk, he thought he saw a group of dispirited bluetail guenons wandering around as though searching for burrows.  Nothing else was visible, but he was certain that they were the missing monkeys from his Makokou Study Area in Gabon.  He frantically rang his call button again and again, but there was no response.
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(AP) Hellmouth, Arizona. The peculiar set of illnesses
that has been plaguing this frumpish and undusted little
county seat for months has finally been diagnosed as
green monkey fever by doctors from the Hellmouth
Tropical Flora and Rainforest Research Center who
specialize in some African diseases.
        At first it was only a few isolated cases over in the
unfurnished neighborhoods west of the Cheesequake,
Runnamuck and Hellmouth Railroad track, then it
appeared to jump across town to the six square block area
around the 1st National Bank of Hellmouth.  A woman
named Blackie Thurswick got it next, and then a burly
technician at Hellmouth Small Appliance Repair, Bisbee
Appleframe. The week after that it seemed to be
everywhere.  Ardley Smythe, circulation manager for the
Nooz, was out sick for several days, and two other Nooz
employees, Oretta Boudreaux, a junior staff writer, and an
ink spreader named Mullard Frimley, complained of chest
pains.  Along the two blocks of 3rd Avenue between Vine
and Pine there were twelve cases altogether.
        No one is sure just where it came from, but the Hell-
mouth Human Diseases and Primate Testing Facility is
known to have been working on green monkey research. The green monkey is one of the cercopithecines most in demand for research, and green monkey fever is quite common west of the Mississippi.


(AP)  Burunamieh, Bali-Bali.  The rice crisis in
Bali-Bali worsened this week as a worried world
watched, waited and held its collective breath.
Reports from the area spoke of citizens and other
people staying indoors as hundreds of gray
paladins and a few muscatels desperately roamed
the empty streets of this oddly-colored capital
city searching for the starchy food.  A few
pouched langurs broke into the Rice Exchange,
but it was emptied weeks ago.  The Nooz
switchboard was quickly besieged with requests
for information about relatives and loved ones,
but we know even less than the next person, so
don't call us. Shipments of rice are being sent by the Save the Simians Society.
 Primate Nooz is published whenever the doctor  says we can get out of bed by the Ralph A. Bennett  Teasdale Corporation, Dr. Peter Pan Troglodytes,  President-in-Chief. Copies are shipped to every  major zoo and animal testing facility in the U.S. and  air-dropped over much of Africa, Asia and South  America (except Costa Rica).  Back issues may be  obtained by writing to: Primate Nooz, c/o the Old  Cheesequake, Runnamuck and Hellmouth Railroad  Co., Hellmouth, AZ.
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