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Baboons and the Congress

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 2, 2011

Lee sent in this appropriate bit of trivia that needs no further explanation.

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.  We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons.  They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates.  And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not ……. a Congress!


2 Responses to “Baboons and the Congress”

  1. Dennis Ensminger said

    In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. – John Adams

    Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams

    Besides, words such as ‘Ape’ or ‘Baboon’ will always be construed as having racist meaning in polite society…

  2. Roy Booher said

    As though there was ever any difference between humans and the other primates. Humans are even so obnoxious as to believe that they are better than all the other animals, and you can be sure that they think the same way about themselves; so much for so called, ‘objectivity’, or independent thought.

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