Mamas Who Let Their Babies Grow Up to Be Flossers

THIS JUST IN!

Monkehs teaching their behbehs to use tools! How evolvo-licious!

Merci, Ms. Fiv3r!

Comments

  1. Hélène says:

    That’s so cool!

    And bleen! :-p

  2. Hélène says:

    By the way Teho, I made ths specially for you : http://clawsmopolitan.vox.com/library/post/this-ones-for-theo.html

  3. Monkey see, monkey do! I love that they demonstrate to their kids how to do this…just like all good moms!

  4. CoffeeCup says:

    Hilarious, and yet kind of gross because they’re using human hair…that can never be minty fresh.

  5. Makes me wish I was a monkey. Maybe my dental bills wouldn’t be so high. Wait! I AM a monkey!!

  6. Gail (the first one) says:

    Good one, Helene!!!!

    I imagine the dental floss manufacturers will be looking for one of the monkey mommies to be a spokesmodel!!!

  7. CoffeeCup says:

    I didn’t even read the text above the video, but if you look at the video box before playing…doesn’t that look like a rabbit or a chinchilla?

  8. berthaservant says:

    Can orang-utan mani-pedi’s be far behind?

  9. Helene – that is brrrilliant (much rolling of ‘r’s)

  10. Porsupresto says:

    I floss twice a month.

  11. A couple of observations:

    1. Here I’ve been wasting money during a depression on minty fresh waxed floss.

    2. My dentist is somewhere thinking: A monkey can do this, WHY CAN’T MY PATIENTS?

    3. Stupid but obvious question, ** Where did they get the human hair? **

  12. How can anyone doubt the intelligence of monkeys? they are remarkably human like take this story a chimp at a zoo actually fashioned concrete discs and other projectiles to hurl at zoo visitors to get them to move away when he was tired of being gawked at

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/mar/09/chimp-zoo-stones-science

  13. monkeys are doing better than me–they have prehensile tails. My treetop skills could stand improvement.

  14. kibblenibble says:

    People aren’t even motivated enough to floss knowing what will happen if they don’t…What’s motivating these clever monkehs? :-O And will whoever (whomever?) is giving them the human hair just give them some flosss already?

  15. kibblenibble says:

    Oooh, extra s in floss. Ssssibilant, baby!

  16. Squez Mommy says:

    As an animal lover AND a dental student, I approve of this video!!! <3 I sent it along to all my friends and dental colleagues. :)

  17. Von Zeppelin says:

    I’m wondering where the monkeys get all this human hair. Does someone give it to them? Do they just find it lying around? Or do they lie in wait for long-haired people to come by and leap onto their scalps and rip it out?

    Also, I think dental hygienists need to teach that hold-the-floss-with-your-hind-foot technique.

  18. One word. Fascinating.

  19. Hon Glad says:

    I’ve never got on with flossing, I use inter-dental brushes.

  20. I love this!!

  21. DaytimeDeb says:

    Ha… the 100th monkey effect is real! :-)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_Monkey_Effect

  22. So it might be really difficult to distinguish the first humans and the monkeys!

  23. In one of the related articles, they supposedly steal it off of tourists.

  24. Dude, this makes me want to floss every day

  25. Well, aren’t you special, Hélène. Is your life so vastly improved now that you’ve come first in a thread? Does it now have meaning?

  26. Fiver???? Where’s Hazel? Where’s Bigwig?

  27. Jimbeaux says:

    Adorableen, Helene! (Oh hey, that rhymed!)

  28. Monkeys are clearly SMARTER than humans. This video proves it.

  29. Stupid monkeys, showing me up. Maybe if I had been raised by a monkey, I’d be better at flossing.

  30. Psilopathic says:

    Thanks for the link, Dustin. Very interesting article about the chimp (who sounds like he would have made a great alpha male if he were in the jungle.)

  31. Paunchie says:

    “something to chew on” hardee har har.

    Estin, you having a bad day or somethin?

  32. Does anyone else get the idea that if they continue to teach and pass on knowlege from monkey band to monkey band, they will eventually take over the world?

  33. Is this flossing behavior something that was taught to the monkeys or did they take up the habit on their own? I’ve never seen this before!

  34. Estin are you a tad bit Jealous?
    Helene(Lanie) Totally awesome picture too.

  35. DaytimeDeb says:

    @Jen: Some people would say that this has already happened. :-)

  36. Kristabelle says:

    That is just strange! I say we get together and send them those Reach Flossers, that way they only have to use one hand!!!!

  37. Obligatory Peter Gabriel ref:
    Watch the toofies get flossed!
    MON-KEH!!

  38. Floss the monkey’s dessert, MONKEY

  39. (holding up boombox)
    “In your teeth”

  40. “OK kids, our next lesson will be how to peel and eat bananas with your feet. Then we’ll break for lunch, and afterwards I’ll teach you the proper way to fling your poo at tourists.”

  41. michelle says:

    This is NOT the first evidence of monkeys teaching their young to use tools. Researchers have seen it going on for years. Primates are also not the only animals known to do it. I mean, come on. *grumble*

    Sorry, I mean OMG that is cute look at the leetle baby do it.

  42. amaretto_bunny says:

    Michelle –

    I caught that too and thought it sounded off. I’m no scientist, but I could have sworn I have heard of other instances of primates teaching their young how to use tools.

    And speaking of other animals teaching their young, does anyone remember the story about some dolphins that taught their young how to use sponges to protect their snouts while foraging? I thought it was pretty cool. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ID/8121399/

  43. Only 2 species are known for cavities Bears and Us. Why? Sugar. Nothing else has sugar plus teeth. Unless of course you’re a monkey in the big city. Then you might die at a young age from cavities which cause infections and abscesses if untreated. That’s cool that this sugar-filled environment is naturally selecting for floss.

  44. that cooooooooool

  45. Maybe they just had some popcorn, in which case flossing is a basic, primal NEED!

  46. Well, aren’t you special, Estlin, if that’s your real name. Is your life vastly improved now that you’ve insulted someone over the internet? Cause that takes great courage.

  47. I wonder if it’s not for cleaning as much as a gum massage. They’re pretty good at it no matter what the reason! Macaques are awesome.

  48. Paunchie says:

    I bet other animals would floss if they had the hands to do it. I wish we could train dogs to brush their teeth!

  49. Ah, this is where my parents failed. They taught me to floss themselves rather than having a monkey teach me. If a monkey had taught me, I’d be a much better flosser today.

  50. I think monkeys are brilliant, too. But wow, advanced hygiene skillz? Come on. They floss because there’s food stuck in there. Food!

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