I interrupt my reporting from Iowa to pass on this curio I found on the blog of my old friend Angelo Young, who works in Saudi Arabia and writes bemused, funny missives from the global crude-oil capital.

In this one, he reports a strange sight in a Jeddah zoo:

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“This Lebanese guy handed the monkey a fag and a bottle of water,” said a guy I know who recently took his daughter and wife to the zoo. “It knew enough not to grab the lit end, and started smoking it by inhaling,” he says as he begins to laugh, “the cigarette on one side of its mouth and blowing the smoke out of the other side like he was in a bloody movie. Other monkeys came over and the guy handed them out.”

Ain’t that the damnedest thing?

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