Visualize a comic book, in your language, and imagine what would be written in the text balloon coming from the mouth of an animal. Now translate it. Derek Abbott
of The University of Adelaide (previously
) has compiled "the world’s biggest multilingual list" of animal sounds, commands, and pet names.
Do not pamper your animal. A camel is your partner in work, not a pet.
You must look into its gigantic, sable eyes and address it firmly. You can reward it with ear scratches.
Libya's National Transitional Council
has gotten used to uncovering Moumar Gadhafi's perplexing objects and bygone lifestyle-detritus (previously)
, though rarely have these objects been sentient and requiring immediate care. When the NTC arrived
in Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, they encountered his abandoned menagerie of rare-breed animals. Accordingly, the reserve has been taken over by fighters loyal to the NTC, together with volunteers stirred by the animals' plight. One such volunteer, [w]ith a doctorate in international relations, Mohamad Al Majdoub makes an unlikely curator for Gaddafi's animals, but he feels that caring for the menagerie is all a part of forging a free Libya. "We have to protect it," said Majdoub. "They are part of Libya's patrimony. They are part of our future."
Things stuffed inside other things: You've heard of turducken
, but what if that isn't enough for you? The largest stuffed dish in terms of sheer bulk may be this recipe
for stuffed camel, a dish so decadently large that Snopes had to verify its existence
. But if the stuffed camel isn't enough layers for you, the most nested dish of all time may be the Roti Sans Pareil
("Roast without Equal"), a 19th century French dish requiring 17 birds that are now mostly endangered. Thanks to Google Books, we can now peruse some 19th century recipes of the dish (1
) or, if you prefer, you can read the original French
With our modern fascination with "health" and "not dying of cancer" we've forgotten how cigarettes can "renew your flow of vim."
Hey, would Lou Gehrig
or "America's Aquatic Stars"
steer you wrong? This Thanksgiving why not try smoking continously throughout the meal to help your digestion "run smoothly."
For Digestion's Sake!
Helsinki is home to a new baby camel, Snufkin.
He is the son of 13 year old Voodoo and his partner, Selma. [more inside]
"It's just like judging
a beautiful girl," said Fowzan al-Madr. "You look for big eyes, long lashes and a long neck." The art and science of Saudi Arabian camel beauty pageants
. More Riyadh market photos here
. Lots of information about Dromedary (Arabian) camels here
. Listen to Dromedary camel sounds and read about Saudi camel history at this site
presents photos of a large selection of triplane (and quad- and quint- and more)
experiments in avionics conducted in a wide variety of countries in the early days of aviation.
From far away they came to toil under the scorching Outback sun, and their hardy dispositions and tireless labor helped to create the central Australian railway and telegraph
are the Camels [NPR story w/ audio]
, and today they are free (well, okay, feral
), and they are many (700,000 strong, at least.) While they're no cane toads
, they're becoming a bit of a pest. What to do with all those dromedaries? Well, you can race 'em
, or you can eat 'em
, or maybe you can even try milking 'em
. Just get 'em before they get you
A camel spider eats a lizard.
A removable spare tire that serves a stealth beverage.
- The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.