Faster Than Camels

“How do you feel about helicopters?”
There was a long pause. “How do you mean? Ethically?”
“As a mode of transportation.”
“Faster than camels, but less sustainable.”
–Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

6 thoughts on “Faster Than Camels

  1. Camels are a source of food, transportation and clothing for those whose nomadic lifestyle depends upon survival.
    They can carry an amazing load over ground and gradients that the helicopter can only hover~drop over.
    They rarely require fuel stops and can also predict weather through their instinctive behaviour.

    They come in three variants;
    * One hump = Dromedary.
    * Two humps = Bactarian.
    * Three humps = Humphrey (ok, old joke for the kids)!

    The word ‘camel’ comes from the Arabic word, meaning ‘beauty’.
    A female camel is called a cow, a male camel is called a bull and a baby camel is called a calf.
    A common misconception is that the humps of camels are used to carry water. However, this is not true. The humps store fat, lessening heat-trapping insulation around the rest of the body.

    As early as 1800 BC, camels have been used as the most common means of transport in Africa, Asia and the areas in the Arabian Peninsula. This majestic creature, would often help merchants carry gold, ivory, silk, incense and spices to different parts of the world and the trading capital of ‘Petra’ in Jordan.

    Did you know, that the longest fence in the world, which was completed in 1907, in Western Australia, would not have completed without the use of camels? (Wild Camel herds have now grown out of proportion in Australia and are now being culled to reduce crop damage).

    The Bactrian camels are shorter and are able to endure varying temperatures than the Dromedaries. The Bactrian camels are also known for their longer and finer wool.
    Camels do not chew their food and swallow it instead. They regurgitate and chew the cud later.
    Camels have thick bushy eyebrows to protect their eyes from the rays of the son.
    Camels shed their coat each year.
    Camels have two layers of thick eyelashes to protect them from the dust.
    Camels have paddy hoofs, with two toes to protect them from sinking in the sand.
    Baby camels are born without a hump.
    Camels have three chambers in their stomach.
    Camels can eat thorny twigs without hurting its mouth.
    Camels can live without water for days and even months.
    A Camel can drink about 200 liters of water in a day.
    The body temperature of the camel rises during the day and cools off during the night.
    Camels can close their nostrils or leave a small opening to prevent sand from entering inside.
    The tag, ‘The Ship of the Desert’, comes from the camel’s walk. The camel moves both its legs on one side of the body at the same time, which resembles the rolling motion of a ship at sea.
    Camel’s ears are very small and hairy but their hearing power is extra sensory.
    Camels are milked daily, which can be used to create cheese.
    Camels have been used in the past as military gun-ships, by mounting 303 vickers machine guns on a purpose built wooden frame.

    Helicopters are useful I suppose, but I wouldn’t want to eat one!

    Yours Aye.

  2. EB: Love the camel joke. I once told the same joke to friend of mine and when she asked what a three-humper was called, I replied: a prostitute?
    CP: Neat!
    Lou: He knows his tech. . .

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