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Today in Heritage History, 1974, the chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his first word at the age of 2 months. Nim was the focus of a Columbia University animal language acquisition experiment. He went on to learn and use a variation of over 125 signs. In an article early in the experiments The New York Times dubbed Nim as the Chimp Who Would be Human. After the experiment concluded, Nim finally got his wish. He left the lab to marry his long time sweetheart from the Bronx Zoo who nagged him incessantly, took a meaningless and low-paying job where his talents far exceeded the job qualifications, ran up massive mortgage and credit card debt, and died of a heart attack at the age of 26.


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