Bits and Pieces

Tuesday, April 01, 2003  

Hocus Pocus.
Is it that victims analyze a lot? About that which affected them, I mean. Whatever! I looked into what All Fools Day was all about, during that little time I thought I could spend across the Web. (Quite a clue!)

While my room-mate got the better of me early this morning, with Saddam’s help (hey, wouldn’t the news of his capture throw your jaws open? Alright I was dumb), the idea behind the show seemed to have evolved all through different cultures at almost the same time, quite the kind of story that would interest the proponents of the ‘Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon’.

Wondering what the link is? Take some time off.

The term ‘Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon’ refers to the instantaneous spread of behavior to a whole population when a critical number of individuals in that population adopt that behavior. It gets its name from an incident involving macaque monkeys on Koshima Island, Japan. In the 1950's, primate behavior researchers began giving the monkeys sweet potatoes. Most of the macaques ate the potatoes dirty, but some began rinsing them in sea water first. The habit was slow to catch on, but as the story goes, when the number who rinsed their potatoes reached 100, suddenly every macaque on Koshima adopted the practice.” – find more.

Whatever the truth behind the story is, it makes interesting reading.

> For a ring side view of this and other such ideas and an attempt at disproving them.
> Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time.

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