Welcome to day 19 of 30 Days of Writing, a creative writing challenge with absolutely no real purpose except making me crazy. Crazier. Whatever. Today’s prompt is “Camels”. Please send your hate mail to MikeWJ for this one. Enjoy, and don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you’ve participated in today’s challenge.
More Than Just A Pack Of Smokes
While researching today’s prompt (and by researching, I mean Googling desperately to find some inspiration for today’s theme), I learned a great deal about camels. More than I really wanted to know. More than anyone wants to know. So, of course, I’m going to share it with you.
First, I came across this one site that explained how “Adaptations are special characteristics that an organism is born with and which enable it to survive in its natural habitat… The following adaptations show that the camel is specially suited to live in the desert.”
- long eyelashes
- thick fur and underwool
- thick leathery patches on the knees
- long, strong legs
It seems that while the “Hundred Eskimo words for snow” story really is just a story, there are indeed 160 words for “camel” in the Arabic language.
I also learned that “Ibil” and “Hijen” are the most common camel names, regardless of the size, breed and gender of the camel.
And then I read that Bactrian camels are the ones with 2 humps. Dromedaries only have one.
And then I came to the conclusion that I know far too much about camels now. So I stopped Googling and went to bed.
Oh, but not before I found this one last gem:
“May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your crotch and may your arms be too short to scratch.”
I really need to start preparing better for these posts.
Now, go! Read these other talented people who don’t stay up ’til all hours of the morning Googling camels. At least, I really hope they didn’t. Oh, and because I’ve been kind of forgetting to do so this past week, tell them they each get 1,000 points today. Just because.