“This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.” (Did that monkey just talk?)
The rumor about the Taliban training monkeys to kill anyone “wearing U.S. military uniforms” is a hoax started by the official paper of the Communist Party of China. It didn’t take long for NMA to make an “action news” animation for Apple Daily, the website of Taiwan’s most widely read paper. They’ve made similar animations for the Tiger Woods and Al Gore scandals. Just don’t tell them this story is fake, because these animations are too much fun.
Military rumor investigator Jeff Schogol got in touch with a named NATO spokesman, who said that “We have absolutely nothing that leads us to believe that this tale could be even remotely based in reality.” A primatologist pointed out to him that the picture appears to depict an African baboon and not one of the rhesus monkeys which actually live in central Asia, that you probably couldn’t train a monkey to steadily hold a weapon, and that the sound of the gunfire would “certainly scare most animals and make them stop.” Oh, also: It turns out the gun in the photo is a toy. [Geekosystem]
The video is below, and it’s everything I dreamed it could be.