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Knighthood For A Deserving Capuchin
January 29, 2009 2:22 PM   Subscribe

While some may think him a sellout, others see folk hero. The good people of St. Paul, Minnesota? They're gonna knight him tonight.

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey has been entertaining the rodeo set to the tune of 150 dates a year over 15 years. He's an "old-time cowboy... (whose) riding skill is unchallenged," presumably by other monkeys riding sheep dogs and Border collies.

Tonight, at The World's Toughest Rodeo during The St. Paul Winter Carnival, Whiplash gets honored the way a dog-riding monkey should.
posted by GamblingBlues (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
I mis-read that as gonna kill him tonight, and I thought "jeez, maybe it's time I actually checked out this whole Winter Carnival thing."
posted by ekstasis23 at 2:27 PM on January 29, 2009


This monkey and I go way back. Was in Vegas in December, 2004 during National Finals Rodeo week. A group of new friends and I swarmed the poker room at Excalibur, which had a huge projection TV running the NFR highlights from the day on a loop. Every 90 minutes or so, the video would get back to Whiplash and his dog chasing sheep, and everyone in the room was whooping and hollering as the little guy careened around the ring. Little guy's been kind of a legend in our circles ever since.

I know this is a stunt by the Taco John's people, but dammit I'm happy for the monkey.
posted by GamblingBlues at 2:31 PM on January 29, 2009


I'll be there.

Can't wait to eat that monkey.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:31 PM on January 29, 2009


On the one hand, monkeys are funny and adorable, but then again they should probably only be used for harvesting coconuts, collecting change in fezzes, and pulling network cable pull cords through office subceilings.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:49 PM on January 29, 2009


I guess Tommy Lucia got scared after reading this note, and decided to give Whiplash the recognition he deserves.
posted by elmono at 2:58 PM on January 29, 2009


Knight the monkey tonight
Knight the monkey tonight

Clap for me when I ride
Clap for me around the track
Something rode me through the arena
Now they're on their feet
Clap for me, darling please
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know they're going to Knight the monkey

Dog the dog
Pork the pig
You can "sheer the sheep"
I know what you did
There is one thing you must be sure of
I'll be the one flinging shit
Darling, don't you monkey with the monkey
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know they're going to Knight the monkey

Nothing to fear, now
I'm an inferno
Kiss my ass and call me sir, now

Knight! - Watch the monkey get laid, monkey

Clap for me, when I ride
Clap for me, when I swing
Picking money from the vine
Making monkey time
Clap for me, darling please
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know they're going to Knight the monkey

So many fans
They're shaking the stands
And I'm paid in bananas

Knight! - Watch the monkey get laid, monkey

Knight the monkey
Knight the monkey
Knight the monkey tonight
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:01 PM on January 29, 2009 [2 favorites]


Someone on staff at the sun thinks that monkeys are marsupials.
posted by ursus_comiter at 3:05 PM on January 29, 2009


"One monkey don't stop the show"

or

"Tonight the Monkey Dies", which being as they (Low) are from Mn, it's vaguely appropriate
posted by edgeways at 3:42 PM on January 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


I grew up in Sioux City, where apparently this monkey is from. I lived in MN too. Damn monkey is following me around! But then that happens to me a lot.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:15 PM on January 29, 2009


This is happening 1/4 mile from my office, and this is first I'm hearing of this?

I hope he rides up here and bring me some of them Potato Oles!

No, forget it. Those suck.
posted by elmer benson at 4:17 PM on January 29, 2009


Another monkey
posted by Iron Rat at 4:32 PM on January 29, 2009


Wait, this isn't about Bob Dylan?
posted by A dead Quaker at 6:14 PM on January 29, 2009


Li'l doggie, some advice? You ain't never gonna catch that chuck wagon while you got that monkey on your back.
posted by steef at 7:06 PM on January 29, 2009


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