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Landmark National Gorilla Suit Day Study Yields Breakthrough Insights into Human Behavior

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The research community is abuzz with reports of a series of studies that are scheduled to appear in Nature, the journal that published Watson and Crick’s landmark DNA findings in 1953. Scientists are unanimous in their view that the current findings are equally significant. 

Says Dunstar Fobash MD, PhD, Director of the Kuhn Institute of Paradigms affiliated with MIT and Princeton: “These discoveries will change the way we think about everything, literally everything.”

Researchers from the National University of Mongolia surveyed a large population of people who wore gorilla suits to work on National Gorilla Suit Day, then tracked their progress over ten years. Each year, the subjects and their families were administered a battery of innovative medical and psychological exams that included sophisticated genetic testing and brain scans in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities.


National Gorilla Suit Day is the 1964 brainchild of the late Mad Magazine cartoonist Don Martin, and is celebrated worldwide every Jan 31. In Mongolia, National Gorilla Suit Day is a national institution, equating to Halloween. In Ulan Bator, the capital, virtually the entire population turns out to work in gorilla suits.

Because Ulan Bator has the lowest average temperature of any capital city in the world, many residents wear their gorilla suits year round, thus affording scientists a rare and unprecedented research opportunity. According to experts, the “Ulan Bator Gorilla Suit Cohort” represents by far the largest and most advanced human study population in the world.

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