Random Joke #1: Monkeys Of The Stock Market


Once upon a time, in a village, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10.

And, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20 for a monkey.

This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each, and the supply of monkeys became so small that it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. “Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35, and when the man returns from the City, you can sell them to him for $50 each.”

The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys. They never saw the man nor his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

And that, my friends, is how the stock market works.

Source: The Internet, I can’t track down the origin of this.

About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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28 Responses to Random Joke #1: Monkeys Of The Stock Market

  1. LOL. Edmark, this is such a truism. The parable exemplifies what we all know to be true but the ones on top attempt to make us think we are the ones confused. The world is quick to tell us what is right but is it?

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  2. LOLOL! Yep! 😉 😉

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Tamal says:

    That’s amazing. I loved your blog. I’m including it in my Blogroll and may be borrow one or two quotes in the future. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Esther says:

    Eh… I didn’t get the…joke?

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    • This is an analogy on how the stock market works (this can also be used as an analogy for the 2008 Wall Street bailout) though admittedly, an oversimplified one. In the real world, there are many more characters involve aside from the”villagers”, “monkeys”, and “the man and his assistant”.

      This joke can be explained in many ways since it can be applied to many things. Here’s one…

      Let’s say the “man” is a giant investmest company, the villagers are the common investors and the “monkeys” represent subpar stocks. When the man continuously buy the monkeys, the monkeys will become overpriced due to the laws of supply and demand. Of course those who have knowledge have already figured out that the monkeys are overpriced and it’s just a matter of time before the bubble bursts.

      Now, the “assistant” who has many of the worthless monkeys will have to sell them for profit before it’s too late.

      Those who bought the monkeys will eventually realize that the monkeys doesn’t woth anything to begin with!

      In the end, they end up making monkeys out of all of the villagers.

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  5. Where do I buy these monkeys?

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  6. Garfield Hug says:

    Brilliant! 😂😂😂

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  7. George says:

    Lol…that’s funny

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Is this what they call monkey business? o(≧∇≦o)

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  9. nightfly1991 says:

    Lol. Funny and true.

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  10. very funny but for your information monkeys don’t belong behind desks they belong in the wild with their kind is this a story or in real life


  11. britt1560 says:



  12. britt1560 says:

    A monkey is a long-tailed, medium-sized member of the order of Primates. The primate order also includes macaques, baboons, guenons, capuchins, marmosets, and tamarins. Monkeys today are a member of two of the three groups of simian primates, the New World monkeys and the Old World monkeys, of which there are 264 known species. Apes and chimpanzees are not scientifically classified as monkeys, a common misconception due to their physical similarities. Some distinguishing features between the new world and old world monkeys include the tail. Most New World monkeys have prehensile tails while Old World monkeys do not. The facial features of each group of monkeys also differ substantially; however, there are a number of shared features as well. Monkeys are a very diverse family of species, ranging in size from the 5-6 inch Pygmy Marmoset, to the adult male Mandrill, which can be 3 feet tall. Some monkeys spend the majority of their lives in treetops, while others call savannas and grasslands home. Most monkeys survive of a diet of fruit, leaves, nuts, berries, eggs, insects and they occasionally hunt other smaller animals.
    Are monkey species endangered? Yes they are.
    The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) represents one of two known subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are currently only two population of this subspecies still extant in the world. One of these is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, and the other in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There’s some debate about whether these two populations are actually separate subspecies or the same one. Even when the two populations are taken together, as of November 2012 there are only 880 individuals of the species left in the wild.
    mountain gorilla – Google Search

    Mountain gorillas are not usually hunted for bush meat, but they are frequently maimed or killed by traps and snares intended for other animals. They have been killed for their heads, hands, and feet, which are sold to collectors. Infants are sold to zoos, researchers, and people who want them as pets. The abduction of infants generally involves the loss of at least one adult, as members of a group will fight to the death to protect their young.Habitat-loss is one of the most severe threats to gorilla populations. The forests where mountain gorillas live are surrounded by rapidly increasing human settlement.
    The orangutan
    The name actually refers to two distinct species  the Bornean orangutan (P. pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (P. abelii). The two species are both currently considered to be endangered with the Sumatran orangutan being classified as Critically Endangered. The primary cause of the species decline in recent years, of course, human activity. In particular, wide-scale deforestation, poaching, and habitat destruction. The illegal wildlife/pet trade has also played a factor though.
    red faced spider monkey – Google Search

    The red faced spider monkey is facing significant threats to its survival as a result of deforestation, over-hunting, and other forms of habitat loss. It’s currently listed as being Vulnerable on the IUCN Redlist.

    This is the lion eating giant chimpanzee ( the Bili ape). Despite the apparent hunting-prowess of the subspecies, there’s only so much that such an animal can do against encroaching bands of gun-toting illegal gold-miners, bush meat hunters, and poachers.
    Over a 14-month period between September 2007 and November 2008, researcher Cleve Hicks and his Congolese assistants documented 34 chimpanzee orphans and 31 carcasses for sale in the nearby Buta – Aketi – Bambesa region (seven of the orphans have been confiscated and adopted). info from google.
    lar gibbon – Google Search

    While they aren’t currently considered to be endangered, deforestation, hunting, and the illegal pet trade are all having an effect on population numbers. The population has fallen significantly  and become highly fragmented over the last few decades.
    Most monkey species eat fruit, bugs, leaves and honey some do eat small animals.
    I’m sure I could go on and on about what monkey species are endangered but I’m sure you guys get the picture there are a lot. I’m going to end the blog there for today. Thank you to everyone who reads this.


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  14. Invisibly Me says:

    Monkeys everywhere! This made me chuckle.x


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