Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Camel - YS Wiki

So, what I know about camels is this...

“When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.” - George W. Bush

The constellation Camelopardus, which lies down from Polaris and a bit to the right of Bode’s Nebula, is somewhat misnamed, having been so named after the giraffe, or leopard camel as the ancient Greeks called it. The ancient Greeks didn’t name the constellation though, that was Jacob Bartsch, a German astronomer, who named it in 1624 for the real camel that brought Rebekah from Haran to Canaan to marry Isaac (Genesis 24:61).

The word camel may originally have come for the Arabic word jamala which meant “to bear.”

Camels make numerous appearances in the Bible. In Genesis, Rachel tricks Laban by hiding idols in a camel skin cushion. John (the Baptist) wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. Saul was ordered to destroy the Amelekites down to the last “man and woman, babe and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” Saul though wavered from his divine orders and kept the best of the sheep and cattle for later sacrifice, it appears the camels died in the initial ambush.

They are also a regular feature, as may be expected, in Islamic writing. In the Qur'an (Surah lxxxviii. 17), the institution of camels to ride upon is mentioned as an example of God's wisdom and kindness: "Do they not look then at the camel how she is created." As a proof of the great usefulness of the camel to the Arabian, and of the manner in which its very existence has influenced his language, it is remarkable that in almost every page of the Arabic Dictionary Qamus , there is some reference to a camel.

The dictionary of dreams has this to say about camels “To see a camel in your dream, denotes that you need to be more conservative; you are carrying too many responsibilities, burdens and problems on your shoulders. Consider the common phrase, "the camel that broke the camel's back". You tend to hold on and cling on to your emotions instead of expressing and releasing them. Learn to forgive and forget. Alternatively, the camel represents your stamina.”

In sexual slang, if you have enjoyed a camel night, you may have had an evening of humping, fnarr, fnarr.

Camels lend their name to a move or position in ice figure skating which is a modified arabesque position. ‘To make the camel dance’ is slang for making something go all the way, to smoke a cigarette down to the filter, to get the very last drop from a bottle of beer.

“Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

Camel were an English prog rock band from Canterbury who formed in 1971 and are still going, they have released over two dozen studio and live albums. Their biggest chart success was a #22 position for their album Moonmadness in 1976.
Sopwith Camel

What do you call a farm that produces camel’s milk ? A dromedairy.

“The Camel, when he saw the Bull adorned with horns, envied him and wished that he himself could obtain the same honors.” – Aesop.

• 1 whole camel, medium size

• 1 whole lamb, large size

• 20 whole chicken, medium size

• 60 eggs

• 12 kg rice

• 2 kg pine nuts

• 2 kg almonds

• 1 kg pistachio nut

• 110 gallons water

• 5 lbs black pepper

• salt


Prep Time: 2 hrs

Total Time: 1/2 day

1. Skin, trim and clean camel (once you get over the hump), lamb and chicken.

2. Boil until tender.

3. Cook rice until fluffy.

4. Fry nuts until brown and mix with rice.

5. Hard boil eggs and peel.

6. Stuff cooked chickens with hard boiled eggs and rice.

7. Stuff the cooked lamb with stuffed chickens.

8. Add more rice.

9. Stuff the camel with the stuffed lamb and add rest of rice.

10. Broil over large charcoal pit until brown.

11. Spread any remaining rice on large tray and place camel on top of rice.

12. Decorate with boiled eggs and nuts.

13. Serves a friendly crowd of 80-100.

The Wal-Mart camel is the bone fossil of a prehistoric camel found at a future Wal-Mart store in Mesa, Arizona. Workers digging a hole for an ornamental citrus tree found the bones of a camel that lived 10,000 years ago. Wal-Mart officials agreed that the bones will go directly on display in a museum at Arizona State University. Camels lived in what is now Arizona until 8,000 years ago.

Follow That Camel was the 14th Carry On film, starring Angela Douglas, Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw amongst others. It was a parody of P. C. Wren’s novel Beau Geste and outside the UK it was released as Carry On In The Legion.


  1. R.I.P.8:01 pm

    You can skin, trim and clean a camel, a lamb and 20 chickens (let alone all the rest) in under 2 hours? Call the Guinness book of Records you must deserve an entrée! (sic) Perhaps they should replace the omelette race on BBC 2's Saturday morning's cook off?

    Although I would like to see the faces on the early morning golfers as they stroll through the mist rolling up from the Wharf and come across a camel filled charcoal pit where the sand trap once used to be.

  2. I think the recipe is a 'joke' of sorts, Snopes lists it as such, and I doubt any heat would permeate through all stuff to cook the items at the core.

    It would be pretty funny to do a pit roast in a bunker though, on my last day I would think.

  3. R.I.P.5:27 pm

    I agree, undercooked chicken would be an issue, but hey, at least your Lamb would be pink!

    Either way, if it wasn't your last day, I think it would be your last day.