Monkey On His Back


Seen heading West on I-40 in Tennessee somewhere between Knoxville and Harriman. JBelle spotted him first and exclaimed, “There’s a monkey!” I gawked for a couple of seconds before coming to my senses and grabbing my camera! This incident provided a few seconds of hilarity for our road weary crew.


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26 responses to “Monkey On His Back

  1. Lisa

    Oh my. Is that legal??

  2. Lisa

    Oh yeah, and how was your trip to camp?

  3. Okay, where is his little helmet?

  4. That is the FUNNIEST thing ever!!!! Aren’t you glad you had your camera nearby?

  5. Lesley

    I’m so glad you got a picture of this!!! But it’s another reason why I’m really unhappy that my camera is in the camera hospital. I’m headed to Memphis Tuesday and there’s just no telling what I’ll see!

  6. This is just about perfect.

  7. Pop C

    Welcome home !

  8. I just don’t know what to say. And I wonder if there’s money to be had in the lucrative world of monkey biker helmets?

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  10. SEE?! I told my husband there are monkeys on the highways! And he didn’t believe me! THANK YOU MALIA!

  11. This just made my whole morning.

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  13. amy

    oh my word, that is unbelievable!!

  14. Sheryl

    I thought only that kind of strange stuff only happens here in CA. LOL!!
    How fun for the kids to happen to see that! 🙂
    Did you wave and say hi as you passed by? LOL

  15. That is actually a Kawasaki knockoff of a Harley. My question is, where’s the monkey’s helmet?

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  17. Empress of Duh

    here is the Tennessee Annotated Code: Doesn’t say that the passenger has to be human–so I guess he needs a helmet. What kind depends onhis age–vented helmets allowed for those over 21.

    55-9-302. Crash helmet required for driver and passenger — Exceptions. —

    (a) The driver of a motorcycle, motorized bicycle, as defined in chapter 8 of this title, or motor-driven cycle, and any passenger on any of these, shall be required to wear either a crash helmet meeting federal standards contained in 49 CFR 571.218, or, if such driver or passenger is twenty-one (21) years of age or older, a helmet meeting the following requirements:

    (1) Except as provided in subdivisions (a)(2)-(4), the helmet shall meet federal motor vehicle safety standards specified in 49 CFR 571.218;

    (2) Notwithstanding any provision in 49 CFR 571.218 relative to helmet penetration standards, ventilation airways may penetrate through the entire shell of the helmet; provided, that no ventilation airway shall exceed one and one-half inches (1 ½²) in diameter;

    (3) Notwithstanding any provision in 49 CFR 571.218, the protective surface shall not be required to be a continuous contour; and

    (4) Notwithstanding any provision in 49 CFR 571.218 to the contrary, a label on the helmet shall be affixed signifying that such helmet complies with the requirements of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Southern Impact Research Center (SIRC), or the Snell Foundation.

    (b) This section does not apply to persons riding:

    (1) Within an enclosed cab;

    (2) Motorcycles that are fully enclosed, have three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, weigh less than one thousand five hundred pounds (1,500 lbs.) and have the capacity to maintain posted highway speed limits;

    (3) Golf carts; or

    (4) In a parade, at a speed not to exceed thirty (30) miles per hour, if the person is eighteen (18) years or older.

    [Acts 1967, ch. 45, § 2 (T.C.A. (supp.), § 50-944); Acts 1976, ch. 758, § 2; 1979, ch. 247, § 10; T.C.A., § 59-934; Acts 2000, ch. 606, § 3; 2005, ch. 430, § 1; 2005, ch. 459, § 1; 2006, ch. 535, § 1.]

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  19. Elizabeth

    That is really, really funny! It looks like one of those pictures you search the internet for, not one that you actually experience.

  20. Oh my gosh. SO funny!!!!

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  22. Love it. That’s one to send to Jay Leno or Dave Letterman.

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  24. “Right turn Clyde”

    As for the law, it mentions “persons”. I believe the only animals that qualify for legal “personhood” are Homo Sapiens. It also only mentions “persons” in the exceptions, so I think we need to take this to the Supreme Court.

    BTW – Is he wearing pants? If not, does the law about indecent exposure use the term “person”?

  25. I rode next to them about a month ago on the Pride Ride from the Knoxville airport to Quaker Steak & Lube. He’s a cool little guy, if a man asks to take his picture he turns his head and a woman asks he smiles for her.

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