SF Story/Pun help - yuletide apes?

This thread reminded me of a short Asimov story that finished with a pun. I grew up reading Asimov books, but there’s one short story that has bugged me for years.

It finished (something like) “Yuletide apes eat only *fruit and nuts”

And that, folks, is all I remember beyond the frustration of still not getting the joke. For someone who regularly trots out the whole of Death of a Foy from the same book, it just ain’t right.

Your help, please? Story synopsis as well as the meaning would probably be helpful at this stage.

*or, Nuts and something?

Not Yuletide, Yule. And not apes, Gibbons.

Euell (pronounced “yule”) Gibbons was a famous “natural food” (like fruits and nuts) promoter in the early 1970s. And he was on a TV commercial saying things like “Ever eat a pine tree?”

Oh, I forgot to add, the story is just a shaggy dog story to support the final pun: Yule gibbons (which you remember as yuletide apes, and which sounds like Euell Gibbons) only eats fruits and nuts. Cause he (Euell that is) did eat a lot of fruits and nuts, if not quite exclusively, and was quite famous in pop culture for while.

And man does explanation suck every last bit of funny out of something that was barely funny to begin with. :smiley:

I shall stop feeling like I missed out on anything with that story then. We didn’t even have Euell Gibbons here.

Sloane’s Teddy was better and that’s saying something.

ETA, Thanks.

The Army has an ape that enlisted in an Armor Division.

What? You’ve never heard of Tank’s Gibbon?

The first ape that joined the army was female…the gorilla my dreams…

Like the Sandinista girl I dated. Guerilla my dreams.

i.e. a Feghoot

I think that joke is a Spider Robinson pun, not Isaac Asimov.

Thank heavens I never read the Euell Gibbons story - that would have driven me mad, looking for the meaning behind the pun.

I must confess that Sloan’s Teddy made me giggle quite immoderately, though, along with Death of a Foy:

Give my big hearts to Maude, Dwayne…

All together now!

Dismember me for Harold’s Choir…

Death of a Foy is my all time favourite. Sloane’s Teddy wasn’t bad, it’s just that I ‘got’ it very early on - I haven’t read these stories since 1986, I’m amazed I remember any of the details at all. Shows some good quality writing, that does.

Asimov’s funny stories paved the way for my love of Harry Harrison and the Stainless Steel Rat series, which paved the way for all things Pratchett.

The “Yule Gibbons” pun comes from a Spider Robinson story called “Dog Day Evening.”