Furniture workers at a factory in Houston, Texas, were given some surprising demonstrations of Darwin's theory Nov 11.
SV Man holds up sign "Made in Texas by Chimps"
CU DITTO, PAN down to chimp
BV Chimp clocking in
SV Chimp sitting, waiting to start work
LV Chimp turning over packing, runs back
SV Sign "Made by the most modern methods" PAN to chimp closing the covers with zip
CU Chimp closing covers and pulling zip
CV Sofa cover with picture of chimp on package
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Background: Furniture workers at a factory in Houston, Texas, were given some surprising demonstrations of Darwin's theory Nov 11. Three chimpanzees - "Fudgie", "Bobbie" and "Candy" were given the opportunity to work on the assembly line and show the world there was no "monkey business" about their output!
Factory owner Ben Friedman was said to be interested in engaging more chimpanzees to work for him - they are much cheaper to employ than humans and demand only a mid-morning banana break.
The chimpanzees dutifully "clocked in" for work and then set about zipping up sofa covers, attending to packing operations and generally showing that there is a lot to be said for working-class monkeys.
A big problem for officials of the factory's chimpanzee union was what rate of pay they should start at.