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No Evil Horse Chestnuts

If covid-19 keeps you at home and you don’t know what to do with your time, you could consider making No Evil Monkeys from horse chestnuts. More…..

(December 22, 2020)

Day of the Monkey

Today, December 14 is the International Day of the Monkey. More…..

(December 14, 2020)

What are our collections worth?

Unfortunately, existing three-monkey collectors are aging and no new young collector generation in sight. Both in the USA and Europe collectors are wondering what their collections are worth. Here are two websites about this subject. Be prepared! The outlook is not too bright. Website 1 and website 2.

(December 08, 2020)

Picture of the Month – December 2020

No Evil Santa Claus, No Evil Father Christmas or just Three Gnomes? More……

(December 01, 2020)

Trump No Evil

President Donald Trump looks around to see if there is any evil. More…..

(November 24, 2020)

What to do with our Collections?

Susan Scribner from Saint Louis, MO, USA has organized a Zoom meeting for three-monkey collectors: “What to do with our collections?” Time: Nov 19, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada). More news to follow.

(November 16, 2020)

No Evil Halloween

No Evil always inspires pumpkin carvers. More…..

(November 08, 2020)

Picture of the Month – November 2020

During a visit to Nikko Japan, I used the only Japanese words I know: Kikazaru (hear no monkey), Iwazaru (speak no monkey) and Mizaru (see no monkey) to three schoolgirls. See here what happened…..More……

(November 01, 2020)

European No Evil Collectors Day 2021

The date for next years’ meeting has already been fixed: Saturday October 2, 2021 in the same location as for this years’ (canceled) meeting: Old Crafts and Toy Museum in Barneveld, the Netherlands. More news to follow.

(October 26, 2020)

More No Evil Bar Accessories

Here more no evil bar items. More…..

(October 20, 2020)

No Evil Bottle Stoppers

Also no evil bottle stoppers are available with monkeys and other animals. More…..

(October 13, 2020)

No Evil Mermaids

Did you know that also No Evil Mermaids exist? Even in three different versions. More…..

(October 06, 2020)

The Three Monkeys Collectors Day in Holland has been canceled

Due to stricter regulations in the Netherlands because of Covid-19, the organizers were forced to cancel the meeting in the last moment.

(September 30, 2020)

Picture of the Month – October 2020

An interesting ceramic cup with the three no evil monkeys. More…..

(September 30, 2020)

Book with three monkeys on cover

The German author Uwe Brackmann has written a new crime novel with the title “die drei Affen” (the three monkeys). The cover illustration is quite special. More…..

(September 23, 2020)

Waiting List for the Three Monkeys Collectors Day in Holland

Who could have ever thought that ??? If you would still like to participate in the Three Monkeys Collectors Day 2020 in the Netherlands, you can be added to a waiting list, because the maximum number of participants of 30 (due to corona) has now been reached. More….. (in Dutch language only)

(September 18, 2020)

No Evil Bar Sets

Most collectors know this item, the wooden bar set with corkscrew, bottle opener and bottle stopper with hear, see and speak no evil. But did you also know that they exist in different languages? In bilingual Belgium even with Dutch on the front and French on the back? More…..

(September 12, 2020)

No Evil Buckles

The Hear See and Speak No Evil symbol seems to be an interesting theme for makers of belt buckles. More…..

(September 07, 2020)

The Three Monkeys Collectors Day in Holland.

This event will take place on October 3 in Barneveld in the Netherlands. According to the organizers, all covid-19 precautions will be in effect. It will be held in the Old Crafts and Toy Museum.

(September 01, 2020)

Pictures of the Month – August and September 2020

Two quite unique No Evil Pictures. Click here for August and here for September.

(Augustus 31, 2020)

Summer Break 2020

We wish you all a nice summer with interesting three-monkey experiences and in case you are a collector, we wish you many new no evils for your collection,

Your Webmaster.

(July 10, 2020)

Three Monkeys Collectors Gathering 2020

We have no information whether a Collectors Meeting will take place in the USA during 2020. As soon as news becomes available it will be published here in this website.

(July 02, 2020)

Picture of the Month – July 2020

Also the wise monkeys have problems with social distancing. More…..

(June 30, 2020)

A restaurant in Virginia, USA

Also in Manassas, Virginia, USA is a Three Monkeys restaurant. More…..

(June 21, 2020)

A restaurant in Zimbabwe

A Three Monkeys Restaurant near the Victoria Waterfalls in Zimbabwe. More…..  Here is a link to the menu.

(June 14, 2020)

No Evil Mask

A very useful no evil mask during the corona pandemic times. More…..

(June 06, 2020)

Picture of the Month – June 2020

A three monkey statue spotted on the reception desk of a hotel in Germany. More…..

(May 31, 2020)

Cakes with no evil monkeys

It is amazing to see how many different cakes with no evil monkeys have already been created. More……

(May 27, 2020)

Food dishes with the three wise monkeys

Especially in Japan food dishes with various themes are popular. Here is a selection with the three wise monkeys. More…..

(May 20, 2020)

Three wise monkeys of Kiri-origami paper art

A Japanese art of cutting and folding paper. More…..

(May 13, 2020)

3d printed monkeys

If you want to add 3d printed monkeys to your collection, here is a link. Now you will have to find someone with a 3d printer. More…..

(May 07, 2020)

Picture of the Month – May 2020

A “Corona” facemask with the three wise monkeys. More…..

(April 30, 2020)

Unusual Three Monkeys

The three wise monkeys in an unusual pose. More…..

(April 25, 2020)

No Evil Einstein

Mahler Yuval, an artist in Israel, has made an interesting statue: Einstein - according to the three monkeys. More…..

(April 20, 2020)

No Evil Statue

A special No Evil Statue spotted in Austria. More…..

(April 13, 2020)

Unusual three-monkeys figurines

A web shop in the Netherlands offers an unusual set of three wise monkeys in bronze. More…..

(April 06, 2020)

13 Years  website

Today our website will be 13 years old. Many thanks to all of our website visitors and especially those who have repeatedly sent us interesting contributions and other information.

(March 31, 2020)

Picture of the Month – April 2020

A cartoon with Donald Trump and the Corona Virus by Daryl Cagle. More…..

(March 30, 2020)

Facemasks for corona protection

When face masks are not available in your area, you may want to make one yourself. Here is a design especially for three-monkey enthusiasts. More…..

(March 27, 2020)

Monkey invasion

Since tourists stay away, monkeys are invading cities in Thailand in search for food. An indirect result of the corona-virus. More…..

(March 22, 2020)

From Mexico

Three wise standing monkeys from Mexico. More…..

(March 15, 2020)

Donald Trump and the No Evils

During his recent visit to India President Donald Trump received a gift consisting of a set of three wise monkeys. More…..

(March 08, 2020)

Picture of the Month – March 2020

This month we feature an illustration from Venezuela with hear see and speak no evil. More…..

(February 29, 2020)

Royal Doulton Three Monkeys

Here is a chance to add the rare Royal Doulton three-monkey porcelain figurine to your collection. The auction is planned for March 14, 2020. It is possible to bid online. More…..

(February 24, 2020)

Three monkeys spoons

Nice decorative spoons with the three wise monkeys, designed by Yuri Sato. More…..

(February 20, 2020)

Rice wine “Nikko Three Monkeys”

A rice wine (sake) with the brand name “Nikko Three Monkeys” has now become available. More…..

(February 13, 2020)

Three monkeys Pop Up Card Template

For those of you who like to create own cards with the three monkeys, here is a template that you can download. More…..

(February 06, 2020)

Picture of the Month – February 2020

2020 is the Chinese Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children. More…..

(January 30, 2020)

Another view on hear see speak no evil

Here is the artwork of Franz Rauenschwender. More…..

(January 20, 2020)

Chocolate 3-monkeys

Choco Paris has created 3 wise monkeys in chocolate. That was some time ago, but still nice to know.  More…..

(January 13, 2020)

Climate Change and the No Evils

A hilarious piece of artwork with Rick Scott, who is now serving as junior United States senator from Florida. There has been word that Rick Scott, during his time as Florida’s governor, issued a potential ban on government officials using the terms “climate change,” “global warming,” and “rising sea levels” in any of their governmental/policy discussions. More…..

(January 06, 2020)

Picture of the Month – January 2020

A No Evil photo by Kate Garner, a well-known English photographer, fine artist and singer. More…..

(December 31, 2019)

Three-Monkeys Collectors Gatherings 2020

Whereas the Europeans have already fixed a date for their Three-Monkey Day (Oct. 3, 2020) we are still without news what is going to happen for our fellow collectors in the USA. We hope they will be able to fix a place and date for 2020, after two unfortunate years in which meetings had to be postponed.

(December 23, 2019)

International Day of the Monkey

December 14 is World Monkey Day. This day was created in 2000 by two art students at Michigan State University. More…..

(December 14, 2019)

A collection of No Evil Paintings 

A website with a collection of paintings with hear, see and speak no evil. More…..

(December 12, 2019)

No Evil Wines

Australians now have their own no evil monkeys wine. More…..

(December 06, 2019)

Picture of the Month – December 2019

A set of no evil seamen seen in a souvenir shop on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands. This photo we also received from fellow collector Henny van ‘t Hul in the Netherlands. More…..

(November 30, 2019)

Madeleina Kay: Popstar Against Brexit

Speak no Brexit, Hear no Brexit and See no Brexit. Scroll a bit down the page. More…..

(November 25, 2019)

Global Warming and the 3 monkeys

This subject is not new. Already in 2012 the three wise monkeys have warned us. More…..

(November 19, 2019)

No Evil or Three Monkeys Tattoos

It is just amazing what many different no evil designs have been created in this ever growing tattoo market. Well …….. beauty is in the eye of the beholder! More…..

(November 12, 2019)

European Three-Monkeys Collectors Day 2020 in the Netherlands

The place and date of the next Three Monkeys Collectors Day are already known. The event will take place on Saturday October 3, 2020 in the Old Crafts & Toy Museum near Barneveld in the Netherlands. Thanks to fellow collectors Susan and Yvonne we can now already mark this date in our calendar. More.....

(November 06, 2019)

Picture of the Month – November 2019

A three-monkeys sand sculpture on the beach of Malaga in Spain. This photo we received from fellow collector Henny van ‘t Hul in the Netherlands. More…..

(October 31, 2019)

Interesting Three-Monkeys Statues on auction

Two very interesting three-monkey collectibles are on auction very soon. The rare Royal Doulton Three Monkeys and a rare 3-Monkey Set by Russell Biles. If you don’t know Russell Biles click here to see some of his artwork.

(October 26, 2019)

Three Wise Monkeys Statue by Meissen

Meissen in Germany has asked designer Maria Walther to create a larger three monkeys statue. It is 41 cm high (16 inches) and weighs 2.8 kg (over 6 pounds). It is a limited edition of 25 pieces. The camouflage color is quite unusual. The list price of 16.500,00 Euro (approx. 18.100 US$) certainly helps to ensure that it will remain a very exclusive item.  More…..

(October 21, 2019)

Les 3 singes (the 3 monkeys)

Another three monkey’s restaurant, this one is in Vannes France. On the photos and videos not many 3 monkey statues are to be seen yet, but that will come. More…..

(October 14, 2019)

European Three-Monkeys Collectors Day in Holland

This gathering took place on Saturday September 28, 2019 in Goirle in the Netherlands. Here are photos and a report. More…..    Google translation (Dutch to English).

(October 07, 2019)

No Evil Bottle Stoppers

The well-known porcelain factory Meissen has introduced three no evil monkeys bottle stoppers: Hear no evil  -   See no evil  -   Speak no evil

(October 05, 2019)

Picture of the Month – October 2019

A beautifully carved ivory vase from Japan with three no evil monkeys. More…..

Here are the Monthly Pictures for August and September in case you have missed them during summer.

(September 30, 2019)

Next No Evil Monkeys Conference in USA

Where and when will the next No Evil Monkeys Conference in the USA take place? Check entry #801 by Marlee P.Shaw in our Guestbook. More…..

(September 22, 2019)

Another “No Evil” Demonstration

Photos of a demonstration in Marseille, France, to protest against the interventions of the Turkish state in Northern Syria. More…..

(September 21, 2019)

Anti-War Demonstration in Germany

Soldiers are fighting for oil reserves, while people hear, see and speak no evil, dead bodies are the result. More…..

(September 14, 2019)

Three Wise Monkeys by Swarovski

Swarovski has asked designer Hiroshi Yoshii in Japan to create a set of three wise monkeys figurines made of crystal glass. Here is the result. More…..

(September 07, 2019)

A new board game with the three wise monkeys

During this month, the company Abacus in Germany is launching a new party game with the three wise monkeys. As far as we know, for the time being it is only available in German. More.....

If you want to see what other Three Monkeys Games were available over the years, click here.

(September 01, 2019)

Summer Break 2019

We wish you all a nice summer with interesting three-monkey experiences and in case you are a collector, we wish you many new no evils for your collection,

Your Webmaster.

(July 10, 2019)

Picture of the Month – July 2019

A photo of a very rare automobile mascot with the three wise monkeys, seen in the famous automobile museum in Mulhouse France. More…..

(June 30, 2019)

Three monkeys origami

Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture.

There are several designs with the three wise monkeys. Here is an example. More…..

(June 21, 2019)

Expensive three monkey collectibles

EBay is operating a number of websites that promote and refer to items that are listed on their main site. Here is an example with exclusive three monkey items. More…..

(June 14, 2019)

Three wise monkeys on a bicycle

A very unusual statue of the three wise monkeys, spotted in India. The three monkeys are riding a bicycle. Out of stock and available in India only, but still nice to see. More…..

(June 07, 2019)

Picture of the Month – June 2019

Always a surprise to find many different no evil items in an unexpected place, like in this shop in Charleroi in Belgium. More…..

(May 31, 2019)

No Evil items

In case you are looking for some exclusive No Evil items for yourself or as a gift, have a look at the Three Monkeys Store in Etsy. More…..

(May 24, 2019)

Swiss Gun Laws and Hear, See and Speak No Evil

Swiss voters recently approved stricter gun control laws and in the famous newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung a funny cartoon about this subject was published. More…..

(May 17, 2019)

Three Monkeys 3D screenshot

Another nice illustration of the three wise monkeys (as if there are not enough already!)  More…..

(May 10, 2019)

Picture of the Month – May 2019

A visit to a hardware store can sometimes bring a No Evil surprise. More…..

(April 30, 2019)

Singapore Jewel Changi Airport

Bruce Kittess from Nevada, USA informed us about two huge orangutan statues on Singapore Changi Airport, where people can sit in between as third no evil monkey. More…..

(April 23, 2019)

No Evil Eggs

A title with an unintended double meaning. But in the time before Easter we thought it appropriate to show some (Easter) eggs as hear see and speak no evil items. More…..

(April 16, 2019)


It always is nice to receive photos and information from friends of the Three Wise Monkeys to be published in the Guestbook or as Picture of the Month. Thank you.

(April 08, 2019)

Picture of the Month – April 2019

From our fellow-collectors Joke and Hans Holleman we received a photo the Monkey Beach Club in Tenerife, Canary Islands Spain. More…..

(April 01, 2019)

12 Years  website

Tomorrow, March 31, 2019 our website will be 12 years old. Many thanks to all of our website visitors and especially those who have sent us interesting contributions and other informations.

(March 30, 2019)

More No Evil Musicians

We received a link to the website of two German singers, who also make use of the No Evil symbol. More…..

(March 24, 2019)

No Evil Hip-Hop and Rap

Also Hip-Hoppers and Rappers enjoy hear see and speak no evil. Here are two examples: “Dame” and “ANM47 & IDATIC”

(March 17, 2019)

No Evil Private Investigators

In YouTube, a promotional video of a Detective Agency in Germany based on hear, see and speak no evil. More…..

(March 11, 2019)

Rosenmontag (carnival – Mardi Gras)

Today is Rosenmontag in Germany and other countries. The day of the great carnival parades. Nice to see that hear, see and speak no evil usually is one of the themes. We are curious what it will be this year. Here are photos of the past years. More…..

(March 04, 2019)

Picture of the Month – March 2019

We received a photo of a three-monkey figurine purchased in Rwanda, the African country where mountain gorillas live. More…..

(March 01, 2019)

Three Monkeys Collectors Conference 2019 in USA

Being without news and February almost over, we must assume that the 2019 Three Monkey Collectors Conference, announced for February 2019 in Savannah Georgia, has been canceled.

(February 21, 2019)

Compton Pottery

We received a question about No Evil items made by the former Compton Pottery in the UK. A good reason to prepare a special page with items created by this company. More…..

(February 12, 2019)

Year of the Pig 2019

Today Feb. 5 starts the Chinese Year of the Pig. Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. It usually features laziness and clumsiness. However, there are a lot of wise and smart no evil pigs around. Just click here…..

(February 05, 2019)

Picture of the Month – February 2019

A padlock with the three wise monkeys made in India. Probably newly made, but still interesting. More…..

(February 01, 2019)

No Evil Donald Trump

Donald Trump seems to inspire cartoonists to create a variety of funny No Evil cartoons. Here is a selection. More…..

(January 27, 2019)

Church Door with No Evils

Discovered on a Church Door of the Stadtkirche in Göppingen, Germany sculptures of hear see and speak no evil people. More…..

(January 21, 2019)

No Evil Snowmen

With the heavy snowfall in several parts of the world you may wish to create your own no evil snowman? More…..  By the way, did you know that January 18 is the World day of the Snowman? More…..

(January 14, 2019)

New Year’s Intentions

In case you have decided to start the New Year with a diet, it may be a good idea to tighten your belt with a No Evil Belt Buckle. Here are some interesting examples. More….

(January 07, 2019)


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