According to Cosmopolitan, it all began with Jonathan Sun's tweet poll asking people how many monkeys these three emojis represent:
Oddly enough, 50% of the population are wrong in believing these are the same monkey.
Let's explore why people believe it's three monkeys.
The argument is based on the idea that the monkeys represent the three wise monkeys. There are three of those, so there are three different emoji monkeys.
That being said, there were some valid arguments for the one monkey idea.
The great monkey debate got a little bit philosophical.
New polls have since cropped up.
There's really no end to the madness these monkeys (YES, MONKEYS PLURAL) have caused, which was probably their plan all along. Goddammit, monkeys.