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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

It's official: Chimpanzees are making more money than me.

This article confirms what I've suspected all along - that somewhere, a chimpanzee is sitting on a huge pile of money (maybe even Spanish dubloons!) and laughing at me:
"Chimp compensation is on the rise, animal trainers and ad agency creatives said, because a recent surge of retirements has created a primate shortage. And that-paired with marketers' still potent urge to tap chimps and orangutans to hawk job listings, light beer and stock brokerages-is driving prices up.
And Marshall Ross, executive creative director at CareerBuilder's agency, Cramer-Krasselt, Chicago, said the cost of using chimps has risen as much as 30% since the popular ads started running in 2004. "It's a great time to be a working chimp," he noted.
A spokeswoman for Steve Martin's Working Wildlife, now Hollywood's largest ape handler, said the cost of using its chimps rose 25% last year, to $1,000 per day from $800. "They're working more, too," she said."
Discussion topic: what other animals are out-earning The Pirate of Selby Avenue? (please tell me it's not squirrels)


At April 06, 2006 8:01 AM, Blogger Julie Du. said...

What about those squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, huh? They were very good.

At April 06, 2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Lucas said...

As a squirrel hater, I feel it important to note that that was really only ONE squirrel which was digitally reproduced to look like HUNDREDS of squirrels. The only thing worse than ONE squirrel earning more money than the Pirate would be HUNDREDS of squirrels earning more money than the Pirate.

At April 06, 2006 8:13 PM, Blogger Julie Du. said...

Yeah. I know about the CGI squirrels. I was totally kidding :)

I hate squirrels, too -- even killed one once when it got in my house. Squashed the vermin to death in an ugly blanket.

At April 07, 2006 8:55 AM, Blogger The Pirate of Selby Avenue said...

You have no idea how much the story of death-squashing a squirrel home invader warms my shriveled little heart.


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