Well, We Are Not In The Army!

How Army Policy Began:

Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the Banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water.

Continue until, when another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes try to prevent it.

Now, turn off the cold water.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the other apes attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well. Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?

“Because that’s the way it’s always been around here.”

That’s how Army policy begins…


Taken with thanks from ArcMax at http://www.arcamax.com/entertainment/jokes/s-1099159-422832.


4 Responses to Well, We Are Not In The Army!

  1. S R Kannan says:

    I was under the impression that our Nethas organise protests by paying money. Now I know that they do not have to share their ill gotten gains to get a crowd.


  2. Thanks for sharing its a wonderful read, this article pushed me back in my good Old, young days 🙂
    when you are growing up, with lots of questions and questions and only questions…but most of the times you ever hear is that’s how is has been. until one day you are exposed to Internet (Google and Wikipedia) 🙂


  3. Sharmishtha says:

    amazing story, my brother has told me this story, and it was performed in a laboratory by a group of scientists, well, i wont be surprised if it was actually performed with these results 🙂


  4. Very interesting. Thanks!


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