“An old Congolese tribal legend tells that man and bonobo used to live side by side in the forests of the Congo – but went their separate ways after humans invented fire. Bonobos, the legends say, were able to make fire, but unlike the humans always put their fires out and moved on. Humans wanted to keep their fires going and so they ended up staying in villages while bonobos continued to live in the forests.”
Does this legend go back to the dawn of humankind?
Update 16th April 2014
Tonight I have seen a program on BBC1 television called ‘Monkey Planet’. This discussed the intelligence of many of the primates and showed film of their abilities. If you reside in the UK you can look out for the program on BBC iPlayer in the next few days.
One article actually showed Kanzi, the Bonobo chimp who was the subject of the Telegraph’s article, actually lighting a fire and cooking marshmallows during a picnic.
If you can’t get to see it at the BBC then watch Kanzi cook his marshmallow below:
Well, after 13 years on the Internet it looks like I have eventually been stung. I just found my Office Pro 2010 DVD’s counterfeit after two years. It looked fine and installed well on two PC’s (the package declares it is suitable for three PC’s) and it was activated on those two PC’s in August 2010. It was purchased from an Amazon re-seller and was advertised as only suitable for one PC.
This must be the Stig of bus drivers getting his bus up this steep hill in one go without sliding all over the place. He did it in these snowy winter conditions on 9th November 2010.
This is miraculous driving of the X4 service single deck bus shown here going up Saltburn Road1 between Vista Mar and the Spa Hotel at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire.
It must take a bit of skill in the summer never mind in these icy winter conditions. The road has a gradient of 25%.
The video shows several cars on the road many of which are having difficulty driving under these conditions. Some are skidding and others are being pushed, but this bus zips through them and drives straight up the incline without skidding or stopping.
Below is a map of the Saltburn-by-the-sea area where this was filmed. The location of the camera was at or near: 54°35’06.1″N, 0°58’11.5″W.
The X4 bus is seen travelling in a southerly direction along that zig-zag part of Saltburn Road between Vista Mar and The Spa Hotel.
For those who want to visit here is a travel guide to Saltburn-by-the-sea.
I have done my geography and looked at Google Maps and Streetview to check the location of this steep winding road. I found the action happens on Saltburn Road and not Saltburn Bank as mentioned in the Simjem video. That is another road adjoining Saltburn Road to the east of this location.
The Simjem video information on Youtube suggests this event was filmed on 9th November 2010. I checked the weather for that winter to be sure it snowed on that date in that location. I can’t be sure it did but knowing it is an exposed seaside town in the NE of England, and a very cold winter ensued after that date, I think it likely is correct. The weather for that winter 2010-11 can be examined here.
Watch Murata Girl and Murata Boy. They use stabilizing gyroscopes and camera technology. These are bike riding robots which perform some amazing riding skills without falling off their bikes. Murata Girl is the one on the monocycle.