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Did you know that a large number of baboons is called a “congress”?

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A large group of baboons is NOT called a Congress…

We are all familiar with a “herd of cows, a flock of chickens, a school of fish and a gaggle of geese,” the email begins. “However, less widely known is a pride of lions, a murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a parliament of owls.

“Now consider a group of baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons? Believe it or not … a Congress! I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington!”

Well, it does explain one thing. It explains that the person who posted or sent it does NOT know what a large group of baboons is called.

It’s a ‘Troop,’ Not a ‘Congress’

National Geographic says, baboons “form large troops, composed of dozens or even hundreds of baboons, governed by a complex hierarchy that fascinates scientists.”

Of course, the U.S. Congress has recently evolved into a complex, bipartisan hierarchy that largely disappoints the American people.

According to the Oxford Dictionaries list of proper terms for groups of things, organized gatherings of kangaroos, monkeys, and baboons are all called “troops,” while the only group called a “congress” is Congress.

According to baboon experts, PolitiFact, Shirley Strum, director of the University of California’s Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project in Nairobi, Kenya, agreed that a group of baboons is known as a “troop.”

“I have never heard the term congress used for a group of baboons!” she wrote, adding, “I would prefer to be governed by baboons than the current Congress! They are more socially committed, abide by the golden rule and are generally nicer people.”

…a congress is a Congress, I guess

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Source: Political Cartoons

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