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  • Camel Carnage: 60 year old killed in collision

    05/30/2016 1:17:12 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16 | Eliana Royzen
    A fatal road accident claimed the life of a 60 year old woman in southern Israel Sunday night. The female driver was killed instantly when her vehicle collided with three camels. MDA paramedics stated that they arrived on the scene to find the vehicle crushed, with the female driver pinned inside and showing no vital signs. Due to the severity of her injuries, she was declared dead at the scene. The camels had been wandering unattended and disrupting traffic prior to the accident. Police are currently searching for the camel owners, who could potentially be found liable for the incident....
  • Tied in heat all day, angry camel severs owner’s head

    05/23/2016 7:29:08 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 59 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 23, 2016 | Vimal Bhatia
    JAISALMER: Left in the heat with its legs tied all day, a camel attacked its owner and severed his head in anger in Rajasthan's Barmer district on Saturday. About 25 villagers struggled for 6 hours to calm the animal down. Urjaram of Mangta village was entertaining guests at his house on Saturday night when he suddenly realised that his camel had been out in the heat all day with its legs tied. He was attacked when he tried to untie the annoyed animal. "The animal lifted him by the neck and threw him on to the ground, chewed the body...
  • Ancient Humans, Dogs Hunted Mastodon in Florida: Early Dogs Helped Humans Hunt Mammoths

    05/16/2016 2:29:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Discovery News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Jennifer Viegas
    The geology of the site, as well as pollen and algae finds, suggest that the hunter-gatherers encountered the mastodon next to a small pond that both humans and animals used as a water source, the researchers believe. Waters said that the prehistoric "people knew how to find game, fresh water and materials for making tools. These people were well adapted to this environment. The site is a slam-dunk pre-Clovis site with unequivocal artifacts, clear stratigraphy and thorough dating." Another research team previously excavated the site and found what they believed were dog remains, so dogs "would most likely have been...
  • Islamic Cleric: Who Needs Medicine When You Have The Prophet’s Advice to Drink Camel Urine Instead

    04/21/2016 12:25:46 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 25 replies
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  • WATCH: Clinton aide Abedin rejects hug in awkward moment

    02/12/2016 5:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2016 | Eric Garland
    Cameras caught top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin apparently shoving away a woman who tried to hug her after Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate. It’s not immediately clear who the woman was. The video shows the woman hugging and briefly chatting with Clinton on the stage after the debate. She then moves toward Abedin.
  • Teen Illegally Scales Egypt's Great Pyramid

    01/31/2016 7:51:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | Arden Dier,
    Though climbing the oldest and largest of the three pyramids could result in a three-year jail term, or something far worse if he lost his footing, "I thought the photos would be worth it," Ciesielski says, per the Telegraph. Armed with a GoPro camera, "I just started climbing." He took the first few steps quickly "so nobody would follow me and take me down," he tells Business Insider. It wasn't until he was about halfway up the 455-foot structure that police finally spotted him. Ciesielski kept climbing and reached the top in about eight minutes. Spectacular images on his blog...
  • Bar Sparks Controversy Hosting Camel Rides and Camel Meat Eating

    01/20/2016 10:58:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    CBS58 ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | Christie Green
    A bar in Okauchee Lake, Wisconsin is hosting Saturday night an event that has been raising protests from some. Foolery’s Liquid Therapy bar is hosting an event involving camels. There are camel rides available for customers. In addition, customers can eat camel toes and camel meat, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook group. A Facebook group called Global Conservation Group, posted a protest to the event. Tony Foss, the owner of the camel, posted to the group that a camel will not be slaughtered at the event and the camel is a pet of his. The bar posted...
  • Camel Enjoys Cup of Coffee From Woman

    10/14/2015 10:41:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, October 12, 2015
    Saudi 'Sada' newspaper, which published the picture. A woman in Saudi Arabia published a picture on her social media page showing a female camel enjoying a cup of coffee she offered to it. The picture showed only the woman’s hand carrying the cup and tilting it towards the camel’s mouth while she had a mobile phone in the other hand. The Saudi ‘Sada’ newspaper, which published the picture, said it had triggered mixed feelings from viewers, with some of them admiring the act and others criticising the woman.
  • MERS virus kills 19 in week in Saudi Arabia: Ministry

    08/27/2015 12:47:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    indianexpress ^ | August 27, 2015
    Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics. A total of 502 people died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry’s website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday. The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said. A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical...
  • Camel Caravan Stalls Chabad Rabbi at the Dead Sea

    08/23/2015 6:08:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Jewish Press ^ | August 22nd, 2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    Rabbi Shimon Elharar, director of Chabad of Dead Sea, was stopped in traffic by a force greater than his car.Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart. It is well known that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are among the bravest rabbis in the world, of course. Last week even Chabad of Dead Sea director Rabbi Shimon Elharar met his match, running into a massive “traffic jam” on the highway alongside the Dead Sea. “It’s not only in Tel Aviv that one has to worry about getting stuck,”...
  • WHO: To Avoid MERS, Don’t Drink Camel Urine

    06/26/2015 11:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28 | ELIAS GROLL
    Six people have died, 87 have been infected, and some 1,800 schools and kindergartens have temporarily shut their doors amid an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea. It’s likely the most significant outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, and over the weekend, the World Health Organization released details on new cases of the disease in South Korea. It also issued a surprising piece of advice for individuals seeking to avoid infection: Drink neither raw camel milk nor camel urine. That’s perhaps not as strange as it sounds. While the exact transmission mechanisms remain unclear, it...
  • Ice age camel bones found in Yukon redraw species' lineage

    06/10/2015 1:31:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-10-2015 | Staff
    Miners in northwestern Canada have discovered ice age camel bones whose DNA is forcing scientists to redraw the family tree of the now-extinct species. Grant Zazula, a paleontologist with the Yukon's Department of Tourism and Culture, said three fossils recovered from a gold mine in the Klondike in 2008 are the first western camel bones found in the territory or Alaska in decades. Scientists had believed western camels that once lived in North America were related to llamas and alpacas common to South America, but they now have genetic proof that the animals are more closely tied to the camels...
  • Seven Other Things That Have Been Declared ‘Unsafe’ at American Colleges

    04/10/2015 4:41:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2015 | by KATHERINE TIMPF
    The University of Michigan made headlines this week for initially canceling a screening of the blockbuster film American Sniper because some Muslim students said that it being shown would make them feel “unsafe.” The college has since reversed this decision, but it’s not the only time something like this has happened. Here are seven other things that a school or its students have declared hazards to campus safety: 1. Bill Maher When the University of Berkeley announced that Bill Maher would be its graduation speaker last October, more than 6,000 students signed a petition demanding that he be banned because...
  • Adrian Peterson arrives at his Arabic-themed 30th birthday party riding a camel

    03/24/2015 12:25:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/15 | David Mccormack
    It's hump day for shamed NFL star Adrian Peterson as he arrives at his Arabic-themed 30th birthday party riding a camel After an NFL season to forget, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson celebrated his 30th birthday in style on Saturday with an extravagant Arabic-themed party in his home state of Texas. Peterson is currently at the center of much speculation about who he’ll be playing for next season, but he put all that behind him at the weekend and took his own life into his hands as he entered his birthday bash on the back of camel. The...
  • Camel Milk: The Next Generation of Dairy?

    09/04/2014 1:42:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Nutritional Outlook Magazine ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jennifer Grebow
    If cow’s milk is the Gen X of dairy, and soy milk the Gen Y, then camel milk may very well be Gen Z. As of this January, U.S. shoppers can buy the country’s first retail camel milk at market. The brand, Desert Farms, is now sold in Whole Foods Market stores in California, as well as through the company’s website. One of the first things shoppers might notice about camel milk is the price. At approximately $18/pint, camel milk is far from cheap. But, according to founder Walid Abdul-Wahab, camel milk’s benefits may be well worth the cost—especially to...
  • Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California

    07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California. The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional...
  • 8 Killed in Saudi Car-Camel Crash

    06/22/2014 1:46:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 20, 2014
    A car carrying 11 people rammed into a camel in Saudi Arabia and overturned off the road, killing eight and injuring the remaining passengers. The car was moving on a motorway in the southern Asir province when the driver was caught off guard by a camel crossing over. The vehicle hit the camel and veered off the road before overturning, Sabq newspaper said, quoting a police spokesman. “Six passengers died on the spot while two died on the way to hospital…the other three suffered from medium to serious injuries,” the spokesman said without mentioning what happened to the camel.
  • In a Few Years We Might All Be Drinking Camel Milk

    06/17/2014 10:34:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jun. 16 2014 | Anna Roth
    These days you can order your coffee with anything from cow's milk to almond milk, but even in an experimental town like San Francisco, a camel's milk latte has yet to sound like anything but a joke. Southern California-based company Desert Farms is looking to change that. With its tongue-in-cheek slogan, "make every day a hump day," and its packaging emphasizing the health benefits of its product, the company is trying to turn camel's milk into the next big thing in dairy. Camel's milk isn't anything new to the Bedouins of the Middle East and Northern Africa, of course, who...
  • Meet Shaheen, the World Cup-Predicting Camel

    06/09/2014 1:30:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 10, 2014 | Gareth Butler
    From the depths of the Dubai desert comes the four-hooved World Cup prediction machine that is Shaheen the Camel. Scroll down for a video. Discovered by a Gulf News videographer with a penchant for dune-based fun, Shaheen declared himself ready at the flutter of an oversized eyelash for the challenge of guessing the outcome of Brazil 2014 matches. Starting Thursday, one World Cup game per day will be the subject of Shaheen’s prediction genius. And yes, you guessed it, Gulf News accepts no responsibility for whether the hump-backed wonder is right or wrong. Matching Paul the Octopus’s near-perfect record may...
  • Amish Farmers Are Milking Camels for Your Health

    05/31/2014 4:35:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Munchies ^ | May, 2014 | Laren Rothman
    It seems like every other week someone gets ill from raw milk. The most recent incident occurred last month in West Michigan, when a 31-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl from different counties fell ill after drinking raw milk from a farm called Green Pastures. The Centers for Disease Control have released updated information on the link between raw milk and outbreaks of E. Coli infections, warning that a record number of such outbreaks were reported between 2010 and 2012. We have a fraught relationship with raw milk in the US, but elsewhere the routine consumption of raw milk is...
  • Camel Milk: a Miracle Cure for Children With Autism?

    04/24/2014 3:58:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Gulf News ^ | Jay Hilotin
    Children with autism relieved of symptoms following therapy that includes camel milkDubai: Can camel milk help children with autism? Two American mothers who sourced camel milk from the Middle East say it definitely can, citing circumstantial evidence of their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) responding positively after therapy that included camel milk. Author Christina Adams shared her camel milk story with XPRESS following a meet-up organised by Autism UAE, Stepping Stones, Child EIMC and Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products (EICMP) at The Majlis Dubai, a new camel milk cafe next to Jumeirah Mosque. American-born Zeba Khan,...
  • Urgent Surgery Saves Pregnant Camel, Baby

    04/22/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Veterinary doctors at the public health and safety department of Dubai Municipality have saved life of a pregnant camel by performing an emergency surgery, said Hashim Al-Awadhi, head of veterinary services section at Dubai Municipality. He said the camel and new born are safe and in good health now. The camel was suffering acute pain due to delivery complications which might have led to death of the animal if emergency surgery was not done, he said. He urged the public to be careful of the health and safety of all kind of domestic animals by following approved methods of animal...
  • Obama Administration To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan

    04/01/2014 5:05:09 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 03-31-2014 | The Blaze
    The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass statue of a white camel for a new U.S. embassy being built in Pakistan, BuzzFeed first reported Monday, citing contracting records. The sculpture, by artist John Baldessari, is of a life-size ablino camel staring upward at the eye of a huge needle. “A life-size dromedary with its neck extended inquisitively eyes a super-sized needle in a way which makes the viewer think it could actually pass through the needle’s eye,” described Hall Wines, which has a copy of the piece on display. “The colorless beast with striking blue...
  • 'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where

    03/04/2014 7:24:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 2 March 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where million-dollar CAMELS with false eyelashes and lip filler compete for huge prizes • Visitors trek across desert for lavish event in Liwa, United Arab Emirates • Men happily declare they prefer camels to their wives - and all other women • Prize camels can change hands for as much as Ł1.8million at all-male event • Festival also features camel races and milking competitions Thousands of men leer on, playboys skid around outside in expensive cars, and top models command fees reaching into the millions...
  • The Latest Challenge to the Bible's Accuracy: Abraham's Anachronistic Camels?

    02/16/2014 3:48:28 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies ^ | February 14, 2014 | Gordon Govier
    Two researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) studied the bones of camels found in an area of ancient copper mines in the Aravah Valley, south of the Dead Sea. Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, they determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. This would be almost 1,000 years later than the time of the patriarchs, when camels first appear in the Bible. Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written...
  • Camel escapes, attacks man in Southern California

    02/14/2014 4:04:20 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 14, 2014
    PALMDALE, Calif. -- A camel escaped from an enclosure in a Southern California high desert community Friday, stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it, and chased other people before it calmed down and was corralled. "My dad ... tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him," Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. "He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out from under it."
  • Camel bones suggest error in Bible, archaeologists say

    02/05/2014 5:24:50 PM PST · by workerbee · 84 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/5/14
    Archaeologists from Israel’s top university have used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the arrival of domestic camels in the Middle East -- and they say the science directly contradicts the Bible’s version of events. Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob, Old Testament stories that historians peg to between 2000 and 1500 BC. But Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures say camels weren’t domesticated in Israel until centuries later, more like 900 BC. “In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is...
  • Camel in a Can and 6 More Weird Canned Meats

    01/07/2014 1:41:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01.05.14
    You can’t believe it’s not donkey? As Chinese eaters reel from Walmart’s fox-meat scandal, plenty of other beasts are still available—in cans!— for dinner. Chinese Walmart customers in search of a nice donkey for dinner got a shock Thursday, when the retailer announced it had found traces of fox DNA in the “Five Spice Donkey Meat” product. Wait—you didn’t realize fox and donkey meat were even considered proper meals? Nor did we. Here are a few other bizarre animal products you can buy, and these come in a can. A Whole Chicken Not content to just offer just bits and...
  • Fourteen camels dead after train collision

    12/18/2013 1:32:54 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | December 18, 2013, 8:58 pm | By Times of Israel staff
    Dromedaries were strolling on train tracks in Negev unsupervised; no passengers injured in crash. Fourteen camels were killed near the Negev town of Segev Shalom after being struck by an oncoming train. No passengers were injured in the collision. The camels were apparently loitering unsupervised on the train tracks in a poorly-lit area. Following the crash Tuesday night, the train driver stopped at the nearest station for inspection and alerted the police. The train continued on to Beersheba shortly after. The police were working with local veterinarians to track down the camel owners. “Animals roaming on the train tracks are...
  • Feral Camels Plague Australian Outback

    05/18/2011 12:20:27 AM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tue May 17, 2011 | Jessica Marshall
    * Over one million feral camels live in arid and semi-arid regions of the Australian outback. * The camels demolish air conditioners, fences and toilet systems and foul critical watering holes. * A new program aims to track the camels by allowing people to report sightings using Google maps. The single-humped dromedary camels were brought mainly from India in the second half of the 19th century to work in the scrubby, red-earthed arid parts of the Australian outback, transporting people and as pack animals. Once trains, roads and machinery made them obsolete as workers, the camels were let loose, creating...
  • Meat Exporters Say Australia's Wild Camels Are Untapped Resource

    09/06/2010 8:42:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    VOA News ^ | 06 September 2010 | Phil Mercer
    Australia's fledgling camel industry has received a government grant to capitalize on growing international demand for the animals' meat and milk. The animals were brought to the country by early settlers but their numbers have soared since they were released into the wild, and some Australians consider them pests. More than a million camels roam Australia's vast interior. These hardy animals are among the country's most destructive feral pests and marksmen have begun the task of culling hundreds of thousands of them. Meat companies, however, say a more productive way to reduce camel numbers is to export them as a...
  • 6,000 Wild Camels Slated for Death in Australia After Animals Run Roughshod Over Northern T. Town

    11/26/2009 1:50:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,247+ views
    Australian authorities plan to corral about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and gun them down after they overran a small Outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies. The Northern Territory government announced its plan Wednesday for Docker River, a town of 350 residents where thirsty camels have been arriving daily for weeks because of drought conditions in the region. "The community of Docker River is under siege by 6,000 marauding, wild camels," local government minister Rob Knight said in Alice Springs, 310 miles (500 kilometers) northeast of Docker. "This is a very critical situation...
  • Feral dromedaries besiege Oz Outback town-Some people open their windows and all they see is camels

    11/25/2009 9:44:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 778+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 25th November 2009 09:50 GMT | Lester Haines
    An Oz Outback community is battling to regain control of its town from a 6,000-strong feral camel invasion, which has seen the thirsty dromedaries cause "chaos" in their search for water. According to the Times, the drought-hit beasts have descended on the Northern Territory's Docker River en masse, "trampling through homes, breaking water tanks and even damaging the emergency airstrip".
  • Australia to cull its camels

    08/17/2009 1:51:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies · 1,080+ views ^ | August 17. 2009 |
    Australia has begun drawing up plans to cull hundreds of thousands of wild camels amid concerns that marauding herds are tearing up the environment and depleting valuable supplies of water. One-humped dromedaries were imported into Australia after 1840 to help colonial settlers conquer the arid continent’s inhospitable interior. A century later, the robust pack animals were no longer needed, superseded by trucks and trains. While some were slaughtered, many others were released into the desert where they have thrived. Apart from wild dogs, Australia’s camels have had little to fear until now. Deploying marksmen in helicopters is part of an...
  • Australia Considers Mass Killings Of Camels

    08/10/2009 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Abathar · 30 replies · 932+ views /ap ^ | August 10, 2009 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY -- Thousands of camels in Australia's remote Outback could be killed by marksmen in helicopters under a government proposal aimed at cutting down the population of the havoc-wreaking creatures. First introduced into Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert, there are now about 1 million camels roaming the country, with the population doubling every nine years. They compete with sheep and cattle for food, trample vegetation and invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes. Last month, the federal government set aside 19...
  • Fossils prove that giant camels once roamed the Arctic

    11/01/2013 7:33:08 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 23 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Mar 05 2013 | By Tanya Lewis
    High Arctic camels, like those shown in this illustration, lived on Ellesmere Island during the Pliocene warm period about 3.5 million years ago. (Image: Julius Csotonyi) Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic. The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed in March 5 in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that...
  • Camels' Humps Originated in the Arctic

    03/05/2013 11:03:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Mar 2013
    Camels get their humps from giant ancestors which roamed the Arctic rather than the desert and stored fat on their back to help them survive polar conditions, researchers claim.New fragments of leg bone discovered in the far north of Canada suggest that modern camels are descended from ancestors which lived within the Arctic Circle. Thirty fossilised pieces of a lower leg bone belonging to a camel which lived 3.5 million years ago were found by researchers on Ellesmere Island, in Canada's High Arctic. The giant mammals would likely have measured up to 3.5m (11ft) in height and had one hump...
  • Ad of the Day: Geico's Camel Is Back, and Obsessed With a Different Day

    10/02/2013 12:39:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    Adweek ^ | October 2, 2013 | Tim Nudd
    GGeico's advertising from The Martin Agency is consistently funny, but the company rarely has a giant viral hit. That changed this summer, though—and the big winner wasn't a gecko, a caveman or a pig. It was a camel. The insurer's "Hump Day" spot, which broke in May, has earned 15 million YouTube views, more than every other current video on Geico's YouTube channel combined. (The ad also has the obvious though still peculiar distinction of being shared on Wednesdays vastly more than any other day.) Given the success, it's not surprising Geico and Martin are trotting out the motormouthed mammal...
  • Letter from Saudi Arabia: camel milk, created by love

    10/02/2013 12:27:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Rob Cory
    Time spent in the company of camels reveals that the sociable animals can be particular when it comes to sharing their milkBader lifted the rope that circled the camel pen and we entered. The 50 or so camels casually went about their business, showing little interest in us, until Bader began to summon them with a deep, long call. One by one the camels lifted their heads and ambled in our direction, with their eyes fixed firmly on us. They crowded around us, jostling for position. They used their long necks to nudge one another aside, so as to get...
  • Camel Meat Leaps From Bedouin Tents to Top Gulf Eateries

    10/02/2013 12:12:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 02, 2013 | Wissam Keyrouz
    From camel carpaccio to camel bourguignon and gold-leaf burger, the meat offered traditionally at big festivities of bedouins has become a fancy ingredient in the Gulf's prestigious restaurants. Under the golden dome of Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, French chef Sandro Gamba proudly presents his latest: a camel burger bedded in gold-leaf bread, served with onion jam and smoked halloumi cheese. On the side, the traditional french fries have been replaced by fried hummus fingers.
  • Camel trainer drowns chasing animal into sea, United Arab Emirates police officer says

    09/17/2013 1:31:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 17, 2013
    A police officer in the United Arab Emirates says a camel trainer drowned after his animal raced into the sea north of Dubai. The National newspaper on Tuesday quotes police Maj. Khalid Ali Obaid al-Ali as saying the Sudanese man took the camel to be washed in the Persian Gulf in Sharjah, the emirate north of Dubai. The report said the camel ran into the sea and the trainer followed into deep water.
  • How Do You Like Your Camel Meat?

    09/12/2013 1:39:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | Mark Hay
    The struggling nation of Somaliland is betting these beasts of burden will be on the menu far and wide.From early in the morning until midday, the streets of southern Hargeisa, Somaliland periodically shut down as hundreds of camels trundle along the narrow city streets. Taxi drivers give way, milling on the side of the road, wiping their cars clean of the dust and mud kicked up by the procession. Ultimately, the beasts file through the gates of the Hargeisa Camel Market. No one really runs the market. It’s just one of dozens of sites across the country where nomads, locals,...
  • Fossil Camel Discovered in Oklahoma by Oil Workers

    09/08/2013 4:43:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Western Digs ^ | September 5, 2013 | Blake de Pastino
    As the rush intensifies to find new reserves of fossil fuels, digs throughout the West are yielding another byproduct -- fossils. Oilfield workers in western Oklahoma have unearthed deposits of fossils containing extinct species of camel and horse, along with as-yet-uncounted other animals, while excavating a new well, Oklahoma City’s The Oklahoman reports. An earthmover uncovered the fossilized bones in July after removing 6 meters of soil in the state-run Packsaddle Wildlife Management Area. Paleontologists brought to the scene identified 13 separate fossil deposits, which have tentatively been dated as far back as 5 million to 12 million years. Among...
  • François Hollande's camel 'eaten in Mali' (not an analogy)

    04/09/2013 8:42:10 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Telegraph, UK ^ | 12:00PM BST 08 Apr 2013 | Henry Samuel
    ... A local official had given the camel to Mr Hollande in gratitude for France spearheading a drive to flush out Islamic extremists from Mali. But the well-intentioned gift soon proved a liability. The camel ruined its handover ceremony by drowning out a Malian official's speech with its screeching. Mr Hollande's voice could just be heard over the din when he promised: "I will use it as a means of transport as often as possible." ... The camel had already embarrassed Mr Hollande when Said Toureg, a man from the Timbuktu region, claimed that it had been stolen from him...
  • Ancient Arctic camel a curious conundrum

    03/05/2013 3:17:09 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies ^ | Published March 05, 2013 | Associated Press
    OTTAWA – Ancient, mummified camel bones dug from the tundra confirm that the animals now synonymous with the arid sands of Arabia actually developed in subfreezing forests in what is now Canada's High Arctic, a scientist said Tuesday. About 3.5 million years ago, Strathcona Fiord on Ellesmere Island's west-central coast would have looked more like a northern forest than an Arctic landscape, said paleobotanist Natalia Rybczynski of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
  • Ask Ali: Eating Camel Meat and Where to Try Some (+ NonMuslim Being Friends With Emirati)

    02/07/2013 1:12:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The National ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Ali Al Saloom
    Ali Al Saloom is a cultural adviser and public speaker from the UAE. Dear Ali: Do people eat camel meat in the UAE? And if so, why? And where can I taste it? CQ, Dubai Dear CQ: Yes, we do eat camel meat. It might sound odd but it is like coming across crocodile meat at a hotel in Dubai. I was really shocked and thought: wow, I didn't know you can eat it. But it was no surprise to my Ozzie friends. See, camel meat is one of our national specialities and is regarded as a "comfort food" that...
  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad "racist"

    01/31/2013 6:28:43 AM PST · by mykroar · 38 replies ^ | 1/30/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC. Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees...
  • Pick-Up Carrying Camel Falls Into Pit Trying to Avoid Crazy Stunt Driver

    11/20/2012 12:20:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, November 19, 2012
    Pushed out by large crowd watching the stunt performance Saudi ArabiaAn old Saudi man driving a pick-up laden with a camel plunged into a pit as he tried to avert being hit by a car involved in stunt performance in Saudi Arabia. A 200-second YouTube film showed the pickup fell into the pit and remained stuck there for several minutes for it was pushed out by a large crowd gathering to watch the stunt performance in a sandy area in the northwestern town of Hail. It was clear from the film, carried in Jazan News and other Saudi newspapers, that...
  • Islamic Center Offers Camel Rides Oct. 27

    10/25/2012 6:50:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Ron Orozco
    Want to take a ride on a real camel in northeast Fresno to get an experience of the Middle East? The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno is offering camel rides -- and more -- at its first bazaar, which will be from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the center, 2111 E. Nees Ave. The center is making arrangements to bring the camel from the Los Angeles area. Huda Munjy, chairwoman of the bazaar and a board member at the center, says the camel rides are to provide the community with an experience they can enjoy and remember for...
  • Emirates Palace Organizes Best Camel Burger Competition

    09/17/2012 12:29:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Abdulha City Guide ^ | 17 September 2012
    The Emirates Palace Hotel organizes a unique contest to choose the best Berger Sandwich made of camel meat. The head-chef of the place started the contest by choosing 5 working chefs to prepare 5 Camel burger sandwiches. Media representatives who attended the contest, have voted for the best meal, in the presence of a number of officials of Emirates Palace. First place Camel burger sandwich winner was Chef Amit Gomes. The head-chef decided to place his winning sandwich on the Emirates Palace’s / Le Cafe / list of available food and a number of restaurants in the palace, to be...