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Monkey Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated internationally on December 14.[1] The holiday is primarily celebrated with costume parties intended to help draw attention to issues related to simians, including medical research, animal rights, and evolution.[2] Often there are competitions to see who has the best costumes, who can act like a monkey the longest, or speed knitting of monkey dolls. [3] The holiday cuts across religious boundaries and provides opportunities to share monkey stories.[4]

The holiday was started in 2000 by Casey Sorrow, then artist of the popular comic Fetus-X, and first celebrated by Lansing residents and art students at Michigan State University.[5] There has been an annual Monkey Day Web Comic Marathon since 2004 with comics including Rob Balder's PartiallyClips, David Malki's Wondermark, Eric Millikin's Fetus-X, and Sorrow's own Feral Calf.[6][7] Sorrow also maintains a comprehensive "Monkeys in the News" blog with stories on topics like monkey attacks, monkey smuggling, and monkey science.[8]

In 2005, Peter Jackson's King Kong was released on the fifth anniversary of Monkey Day.[9]

In 2008, the official Monkey Day celebration was a silent art auction to benefit Chimps Inc., which included paintings from chimps Jackson and Kimie, residents of the Chimps Inc. primate sanctuary.[10][11] The Biddle Gallery in Detroit also celebrated Monkey Day in 2008 with an annual Monkey Day art sale that included a free banana with each purchase[12][13].

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  1. ^ Turner, Paul (2009-12-14). "Marmot Nation is gearing up for a huge 2010". Spokesman Review: pg 1C.  
  2. ^ "A TOAST TO BUBBLES". Los Angeles CityBeat (131). 2005-12-08. Retrieved 2007-08-18.  
  3. ^ Kessler, Gregor (2006-12-08). "Wir haben mehr als genug theologische Feiertage". Financial Times Deutschland: pg 6. Retrieved 2010-01-16.  
  4. ^ Cayton-Holland, Adam (December 14, 2006). "Monkey See, Monkey Doo: Finally, a holiday worth celebrating.". Westword
  5. ^ Klein, Sarah (December 10, 2003). "Monkeying around with the holidays". Detroit Metro Times
  6. ^ Sorrow, Casey (December 16, 2005). "The End of Monkey WebComics 2005". Monkey Day Comics
  7. ^ Sorrow, Casey (December 14, 2006). "2006 Comics... It begins...". Monkey Day Comics
  8. ^ Hollifield, Scott (2008-12-25). "Monkey Stories: They're thieves, gangsters and snitches". Winston-Salem Journal: Pg 3D.  
  9. ^ McKenzie, Charlie (December 8, 2005). "Holiday monkey business". Hour
  10. ^ "Out On The Town". City Pulse 8 (17): 36. 2008-12-10.  
  11. ^ "Mountain High". Missoula Independent 19 (50): Pg 37. 2008-12-11.  
  12. ^ Rubin, Neal (2008-12-11). "Gallery owner gets artists to monkey around". Detroit News.  
  13. ^ O'Neil, Megan (2008-12-10). "Night and Day". Detroit Metro Times.  


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