By Michael Slezak
Updated January 10, 2007 at 08:13 PM EST

Okay, so either I’ve just received a flash of divine inspiration, or my antibiotic is making me woozy, but no matter the cause, I hereby declare that the PopWatch Word of the Day is MONKEYS!

Now, it’s not just me, PopWatchers: All across the Internet, signs point to our fine simian friends. The good folks at Everlasting Blört have a link to Monkey Punch Dinosaur, a collection of artwork featuring — you guessed it — monkeys punching dinosaurs. I’m rather fond of the “Tragi-Comic!” rendition, although I suspect the “minimalist” version is most likely to find its way to a museum near you.

There’s also monkey business (sorry) going on at BoingBoing, where you can read the fascinating “TSA guidelines for ‘monkey helpers.’” (Seriously.) I’m still grappling with the idea that “the inspection process may require that the handler take off the monkey’s diaper as part of the visual inspection.” (Insert silent shudder here.)

And, finally, what’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? (Bad-dum, bum!) Why, a YouTube search for everyone’s favorite primates, that’s what. If you do nothing else today, I implore you to click here, and see if you can avoid guffawing during this 11-second monkey-canine showdown. (I predict ABC will have the duo signed to a development deal by week’s end.) It’s also amusing to watch monkeys with mirrors, and monkeys tormenting tigers.

Am I on to something here? Oh, come on, it’s useless to resist. On the count of three…one, two, three, MONKEYS!