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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 31 01:17 AM

July 31, 2009: Beauty Pageant

Isn't she lovely
Isn't she wonderfull
Isn't she precious
.......



Yes, a beauty pageant for camels.

Quote:
For nine days the animals paraded before a grandstand—camels of all sorts, the most prestigious being groupings of 35 females—and imperious judges waved away the homelier groups with their dejected owners. As the days passed, the judges rewarded certain standards with dispatch, winnowing a field of some 24,000 contestants.
I wonder if 35 camels is the ideal sized caravan?
But how do you tell a "pretty" camel from an ugly one?

Quote:
But the judges in Abu Dhabi view camels with different eyes, scrutinizing them from nose to tail and back again, evaluating each according to strict criteria. Her ears must be firm. Her back high, her hump large and symmetrical. A rump that's not too big, with just enough room for a saddle. The hair, of course, must shine. A good head is massive. Her nose should have a strong arch in the bridge, sloping toward a bottom lip that hangs down like a bauble. A long neck appeals. As do long legs. And the judges examine the two toes of the feet, looking for what their guidelines call "toe-parting length."

Because so many beauty pageants, in the end, do come down to cleavage.
This is serious business, more for the prestige, bragging rights, than the prizes, which are "luxury sport-utility vehicles—more than 140 Range Rovers, Nissans, Toyotas, all prizes for various winners".

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casimendocina  Friday Jul 31 01:32 AM

She is beautiful....almost as beautiful as the chocolate brown llama with long eyelashes and the oatmeal radar I met nearly a decade ago in Perth.



avail9988  Friday Jul 31 03:43 AM

Funny, Wouldnt think they had so much water too splash around.



casimendocina  Friday Jul 31 03:48 AM

It's all about priorities.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jul 31 03:53 AM

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Originally Posted by avail9988 View Post
Funny, Wouldnt think they had so much water too splash around.
One of the finalists paid a million bucks for a camel, the other paid two million for three. They can afford to have water flown in from anywhere.

Welcome to the Cellar, avail9988.


capnhowdy  Friday Jul 31 07:32 AM

What a difficult decision. They are all so absolutely stunning. Kinda like choosing your cleanest dirty shirt.

"Wow! Just look at the hump on that contestant. Back to you, Bob."



spudcon  Friday Jul 31 08:35 AM

That first one has a big hairy mole on her hump. I once knew a girl who... uh, never mind.



Sheldonrs  Friday Jul 31 09:36 AM

I wonder how many of them have had hump jobs.



dacliff  Friday Jul 31 10:02 AM

Kinda like a Turducken:

<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/Whole-Stuffed-Camel-67495">Whole Stuffed Camel</a>



birdclaw  Friday Jul 31 10:10 AM

Didn't someone make a song about this? "My lovely lady humps"?



newtimer  Friday Jul 31 11:17 AM

"...Her back high...rump that's not too big...The hair, of course, must shine...good head is massive. Her nose should have a strong arch in the bridge, sloping toward a bottom lip...A long neck appeals. As do long legs. And the judges examine the two toes of the feet..."

Before we judge their culture too harshly, keep in mind those are the same criteria used to judge the Miss Universe pageants. All the way from the shiny hair to the camel toe.



Sheldonrs  Friday Jul 31 11:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
"...Her back high...rump that's not too big...The hair, of course, must shine...good head is massive. Her nose should have a strong arch in the bridge, sloping toward a bottom lip...A long neck appeals. As do long legs. And the judges examine the two toes of the feet..."

Before we judge their culture too harshly, keep in mind those are the same criteria used to judge the Miss Universe pageants. All the way from the shiny hair to the camel toe.
I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.


dmg1969  Friday Jul 31 12:30 PM

I like big humps and I can not lie.
All you other sheiks can't deny
When a ungulate walks in with an itty-bitty neck
And a bumpy thing in your face
You get sprung!



Knight f3  Friday Jul 31 02:37 PM

That's what the miss universe pageant needs!

When the contestants come out wearing their bikinis, we need a guy to come out and hose them down.
:p



Gravdigr  Friday Jul 31 03:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
All the way from the shiny hair to the camel toe.
Yep, I was waiting for the camel toe I was...

Quote:
Originally Posted by dmg1969 View Post
I like big humps and I can not lie.
All you other sheiks can't deny
When a ungulate walks in with an itty-bitty neck
And a bumpy thing in your face
You get sprung!
THAT was inspired (and inspiring)!!
I wonder who does that rap, 'Sir Spits A Lot'?


Acatalepsy  Friday Jul 31 06:06 PM

Does anyone else see the irony in the prizes?

"Sheik Al-Herrod, you've spent years caring for camels, learning the art passed down from your ancestors, born of necessity when camels were the only form of transportation in the harsh desert. All your work has paid off in this fine she-camel, which I'm sure you treasure. Your reward? It's a brand new CAR!"



richlevy  Friday Jul 31 08:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Yep, I was waiting for the camel toe I was...
Darn, you beat me to the camel toe joke.

I wonder if they put Vaseline on their teeth? They probably have their own 'pageant tricks' to get an edge on the competition.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 1 12:57 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Acatalepsy View Post
Does anyone else see the irony in the prizes?

"Sheik Al-Herrod, you've spent years caring for camels, learning the art passed down from your ancestors, born of necessity when camels were the only form of transportation in the harsh desert. All your work has paid off in this fine she-camel, which I'm sure you treasure. Your reward? It's a brand new CAR!"
Welcome to the Cellar, Acatalepsy.
To answer your question, no more than a rodeo star winning a pickup truck.

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Rube or hero, he unavoidably resembles the American cowboy. And just as well-to-do Americans breed, race, and show their horses, so do Bedouin with their camels. The Arabian gentleman, like the American, spends his weekends at his stables. He examines his animals, feeds them special food, showers them with affection. He barks at them, then sings a song of forgiveness. He loves them.



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