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  • 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 £1.8million 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
    christianitytoday.com ^ | 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
    http://www.timesofisrael.com ^ | 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
    thenational.ae ^ | August 17. 2009 | thenational.ae
    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
    theindychannel.com /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
    Foxnews.com ^ | 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
    Reuters.com ^ | 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...
  • Camel kicks owner to death to resist sale

    08/27/2012 8:34:34 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    emirates247.com/AFP ^ | August. 27, 2012
    A camel kicked his 70-year-old Saudi owner to death after it went mad when the farmer and his workers tried to push the animal onto a van to sell it. The camel stubbornly resisted all attempts to be loaded onto the van and kept baring its teeth as if to tell its owner it refuses to be sold. After failing to move the camel, which kept lying down, its owner in turn went mad and started pushing it violently towards the van.
  • Libyan Menu Prompts The Question: Camel, Anyone?

    06/14/2012 3:21:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | June 13, 2012 | STEVE INSKEEP AND ALISON RICHARDS
    NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves. He's also sharing with us here at The Salt what he's been eating. Dear Salt, In Tripoli, there is an outdoor restaurant called Al-Athar, which is located next to an ancient Roman arch. And my eyes were drawn to the menu item that said "baby camel." I tell you, you do not order a meal with a name like this without first pausing to think. The menu might as well have...
  • Al Qaeda Offshoot Offers Camels for Obama's Head, Hens for Hillary Clinton's

    06/09/2012 10:15:41 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 June 2012 | MOHAMED IBRAHIM
    The al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has mocked the new $33 million bounty on its top leaders heads by offering its own bounty for President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – 10 camels for Obama and 20 chickens for Clinton. "Anyone who helps the Mujahideen find the whereabouts of Obama and Hillary Clinton will be rewarded with 10 Camels to the information leading to Obama and 10 hens and 10 cocks for Hillary," said senior Shabaab commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf in a statement reported on numerous websites.
  • Christmas Camel on Holiday Rampage

    12/31/2011 7:00:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Province ^ | December 30, 2011
    Police car bears brunt of damagePolice officers in the town of Sar-lat in southwest France were nonplussed when a camel smashed in the front window of their Ford Focus patrol car earlier this month. "There was nothing I could do," police officer Laurent Legal, who collided with the animal, said. "It's a good thing I wasn't driving very fast." The 500-kilogram animal, named Pépette, was part of a Christmas market attraction, along with his mate Cléopatre. After a hectic day of rides and a stint in the petting zoo, Pépette was spooked by a number of fans who crowded its...
  • Mad Camel Wreaks Havoc in Saudi Town

    11/03/2011 3:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, November 03, 2011
    A camel broke free from its farm in Saudi Arabia and ran amok through the streets, damaging cars and sending frightened people into their homes. The camel chased passers by and smashed car windows as it kept running astray through the streets of the western town of Taif. Its owner chased and tried to stop the animal but could not and the situation was quickly reversed when the owner was himself chased by the camel. “Car started to honk and this made the camel more mad…after wreaking havoc, the camel ran out of the streets and disappeared,” the Arabic language...
  • New Camels' Milk Ice Cream Launched in the UK

    10/28/2011 2:00:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday 25th October 2011
    You can get ice cream in lots of different flavours like mint, vanilla and chocolate. Yum. Well there's a new type of ice cream being launched in the UK and it's made from camels' milk! The makers reckon it has half the amount of fat of dairy ice cream, and three times the amount of vitamin C. The camels' milk is shipped in from the world's only commercial camel farm in the Netherlands, which is home to 58 of the humped beasts.
  • Disgraced former pol Anthony Weiner, 'miserable' wife Huma Abedin spotted dining in Chelsea

    06/25/2011 8:02:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6'25'11 | AMANDA SIDMAN, SARAH ARMAGHAN AND ALEX KATZ
    They shared pasta but not much conversation. Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, were spotted dining at La Bottega in Chelsea's Maritime Hotel on Saturday - but she "looked miserable," according to a witness. The couple were sharing a plain pizza, a salad and pasta but spent most of the meal chained to their cell phones, said the witness. They were both sporting wedding rings. "No one was really positive that it was him, but then we saw the name on the credit card and we were like, 'Wow, it's really him,' " said a waiter...
  • Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

    06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 70 replies
    madison.com ^ | 09 june 2011
    Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century. The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the...
  • Video: The Daily Show Tortures a Camel in Madison

    02/23/2011 10:06:49 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/23/2011 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    No joke: The Daily Show brought a camel to the protests in Madison the other day, presumably to help make fun of the Cairo/Madison comparisons. As this video shows, the gag didn't turn out so well: Who knew that an animal indigenous to the Middle East couldn't walk on snow and ice in the Midwest? Local firefighters eventually rescued the camel. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Daily Show didn't use any footage of the camel in its Tuesday night broadcast. Update: If I'm not mistaken, it appears that Daily Show correspondent John Oliver walks in front of the...
  • Camel Sold for Almost a Million Dollars in Saudi

    12/09/2010 2:50:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, December 09, 2010
    A camel has fetched SR three million ($800,000) in Saudi Arabia, one of the highest price paid for the desert animal in the Gulf Kingdom, the Saudi Arabic language daily Sharq reported on Thursday. The whitish male camel, named Nomas, is of a rare breed and was sold this week during a camel festival east of the central town of Taif, the paper said. “Nomas fetched one of the highest prices paid for a camel in east and north Saudi Arabia…camel prices have sharply increased over the past few years and some of them have fetched over SR15 million,” it...
  • Two Men Cut Off Live Camel’s Leg for a Taste

    11/02/2010 2:31:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, November 02, 2010
    Vietnamese expats get 45 days each in Saudi prison for slicing the camel aliveA Saudi court sentenced two Vietnamese expatriates to 45 days in prison after they were found guilty of cutting off a leg of a camel alive just to taste its meat, the Saudi Arabic language daily Alwatan reported on Tuesday. The two sneaked into a farm in the southwestern town of Najran with a heavy metal bar after seeing the camel pasturing alone, the paper said. “They clubbed the camel with the bar on the head and it fell unconscious…they cut off its leg and left the...
  • I'm Eating What?! Cultured Horse and Camel Milk Drinks

    10/19/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Broward & Palm Beach New Times ^ | 10/15/2010 | Riki Altman
    This is a first, and it's not something to be proud of, but I have to be honest: I didn't actually ingest this week's "I'm Eating What?!?" products. Yes, the whole aim of this column is to chomp down on unusual things, swallow, research and report. But when something smells so gawd-awful that it makes me want to wretch -- no gig is worth that. (My friend and fellow taster, a particularly vociferous bacon-lover, even pulled the Jew card as an excuse for not trying the products, claiming they weren't kosher. Girl, puuuuhhhlleeease.) However, we are pleased to report that...
  • Oregon Firefighters Dig Camel out of Sinkhole

    09/16/2010 1:15:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 September 2010
    A vet said Moses was unharmed by the ordeal Firefighters in the US state of Oregon have had to use all their shovelling skills to do a delicate job: dig a camel out of a sinkhole. They were called by the Clackamas County owners of the 1,500lb (680kg) animal, named Moses, who said they were simply unable to free him. The rescuers had to dig for hours to rescue Moses, whose long skinny legs were deep in the mud. A veterinarian later checked the animal and said he was unhurt. The firefighters got a call from the animal's owners late...
  • Birthing Camel Babies Is not for the Faint of Heart, Perry Farmers Say

    08/16/2010 1:28:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NewsOK ^ | August 15, 2010 | SONYA COLBERG
    Ralph and Wynona Passow bought their first camels a decade ago to rid their farm of weeds. The camel herd has grown to more than 30.Lanky legs and neck sprawled too far forward, then too far backward. That black, furry newborn was going to stand and nurse somehow, Passow decided. The mother camel blinked long, dreamy eyelashes and watched carefully as Passow coaxed the big baby to the mother's side. "The females are lovely," Ralph Passow said, watching his wife try to turn the baby toward the patient mother. "But the male camels will kill you." About 30 minutes earlier,...
  • Could Camel Milk Come to Europe?

    08/17/2010 5:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The United Arab Emirates has been pushing hard for the European Union to accept imports from its camel dairy farms. Until now the EU has not considered the camel to be a dairy animal, but in the last few weeks the legal process has moved along. Could camel milk soon arrive on a supermarket shelf near you?