According to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection, and backed with centuries of research that covers the entirety of the evolution tree of all species, humans, otherwise scientifically referred to as the subspecies homo sapiens sapiens, have descended from the same extinct ancient ancestor as modern-day monkeys
With the humor inherent to mankind, this fact on human evolution had always been implied as context to one too many monkey jokes.
What Is “How to Trick a Monkey?”
On account of monkeys being humans’ close, living cousins, you might have found yourself the target of a joke on how you’re being or acting like a monkey, through jest or in a prank, at least once when you’re being too naive or dumb or too circus-esque.
One such stunt is the “how to trick a monkey” meme that so many have fallen victim to. The meme circulated online a few years back and is recently gaining popularity again.
The meme is only a picture of a phone video thumbnail, most probably a screenshot,that shows a person’s hand with a green fruit seemingly to hand the fruit to the monkey which was on the bank on the other side of the river.
What Happens in “How to Trick a Monkey” Meme?
As the photo is of a video thumbnail, the photo has a play button, a triangle with a vertical base inside a circle, in the middle.
Most people mistake the picture for an actual video since the cursor turns into a hand cursor when you hover over the photo and therefore click the picture a lot of times before realizing that the post was only ever a photo originally and had never been a video on tricking a monkey.
Some people even think that there is a bug, there’s something wrong with their internet connection, or even that the website where it was posted had updates where they find videos difficult to start because the video just won’t play.
And the moment you realized the meme had tricked you is also the moment you realize that the monkey referred to by the meme had all along been actually you.
Yes, you. Apparently, you’re the monkey, proven by science and this meme. (Hugs and kisses for those who had to read replies or comments just to understand.)
Where Did “How to Trick a Monkey” Start?
The meme “How to trick a monkey” started circulating a few years ago on popular site aggregators.
However, the original meme was first posted on Discord, where it gained traction.
The meme, also known as “How to Trick an Ape” or “How to Trick an Idiot”, then got reposted on Reddit and 9gag and further trapped more people into becoming monkeys.
How to Trick a Monkey Steps
The photo used in the actual meme is not edited. It’s actually from a real video where the hand, or the person behind the camera rather, threw the fruit to the monkey on the other side.
If you’re interested in creating a version for yourself, just follow these steps.
Step 1: Have a Still Photo
The first step is to prepare a still photo.
It would be good to have a monkey in the photo, best if the monkey is smiling at the camera as if the person you’re trying to trick is looking at the mirror. Including your hand or something else like a stick in the picture to show a glimpse of how the monkey could be tricked could be done, too, but it’s not necessary.
Step 2: Edit in a Play Button
Once your still photo is ready for the tricking, edit in a play button. You should look for a play button picture that has no background so that there’s no white square beneath it when you edit it in the middle of your monkey picture. Pictures with no backgrounds are usually in png format.
You don’t need to be a genius photo editor nor do you need the latest photo editing software. You can actually edit using online apps like Canva.
Canva has guidelines that automatically appear when you align one object to another so you can be sure you’re placing the play button in the center of the picture. When you’re done, you can just select both objects, right-click and save them as a picture.
Step 3: Let Them Click Endlessly
Now that your masterpiece is ready, you can share it wherever you want. You can share it with your friends by sending it to them through messaging apps or you can post it on your preferred social networking site so your followers can click on it.
Step 4: Find the Monkey
Taunt your friends and followers into looking for the monkey and what it did. You can hint at what they’re supposed to find that they’re never going to. You can tease their thoughts in the direction you want them to take.
For example, if the monkey is on a tree, ask them where the monkey jumped to or if the monkey is eating, ask them what it is tricked into eating next.
You can also pretend that the video is working for you or that you think there’s a problem somewhere – maybe their internet connection is not stable?
There’s no limit to how monkey-like they can be tricked to be. Just remember that at the end of the day, it’s all in good fun.
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