Chimpanzee Plugs in and Gives Wrong Numbers on Zoo Switchboard (Dec, 1929)

Chimpanzee Plugs in and Gives Wrong Numbers on Zoo Switchboard

DICK, one of the chimpanzee residents of the Luna Park Zoo in Los Angeles, California, paid a call to the zoo office the other day and while there he made friends with the telephone operator. When invited to try out the switchboard, Dick pushed and pulled plugs, particularly enjoying using the plugs when a light flashed on the board. He dispensed wrong numbers with carefree abandon and gibbered back at irate phone users who tried to “bawl him out” for his carelessness. He was removed from the chair, however, before he had an opportunity to raise a mob of protesting callers.

7 comments
  1. Kosher Ham says: October 5, 201010:35 am

    One example of a switchboard operator who was going literally “ape.”

  2. Mike says: October 5, 20103:45 pm

    Now that chimp has been replaced with a machine that mis-directs your call.

  3. M.S.W. says: October 6, 20108:10 am

    “Mike” perhaps they should rename the machine version to honor the name of this Chimp ;)

  4. Rick Auricchio says: October 6, 201011:28 am

    Nowadays the chip works in tech support.

  5. The chip's job ended the day "Planet of the apes" were shown on theathers says: October 12, 201012:54 pm

    The chimp got fired when “Planet of the apes” was shown on theathers

  6. Firebrand38 says: October 12, 20101:28 pm

    The chip’s job ended the day “Planet of the apes” were shown on theathers: I think the chimp could spell better than you.

  7. Khordas says: October 17, 20103:02 pm

    How is this different than every time I call verizon?

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