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Glorious Dromedaries. Ships of the desert. They've got independent suspension. Power steering ... Ride ’em away now! Make me an offer. Mad Max III Beyond Thurderdome 1985 starring Mel Gibson & Tina Turner & Adam Cockburn & Helen Buday & Frank Thring & Bruce Spence & Robert Grubb et al, directors George Miller & George Ogilvie, camel salesman at House of Good Deals
The camel is almost as well adapted to the desert as the oryx. Wild Arabia I: Sand, Wind and Stars BBC 2013
A camel is a horse designed by a committee. Alex Issigonis, cited Guardian 14th January 1991, the engineer’s dislike of team working
The camel has a single hump;
The dromedary, two;
Or else the other way around,
I’m never sure. Are you? Ogden Nash, The Cow, 1931
And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.
And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. Genesis 24:10&11
It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to make a blues record. Hugh Laurie
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
Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?
Polonius: By the mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed. William Shakespeare, Hamlet III ii
The bodies of some animals stretch and shrink in extraordinary ways. Constrictor snakes can swallow prey twice their own size. While the camel’s hump can almost double in weight giving it the energy to travel huge distances across deserts. Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities s3e3: Expandable Bodies, 2015
Camels: in the wild today it’s rarer than the giant panda. ibid.
Camels have adapted perfectly to Australia … There’s now thought to be about three-quarters of a million camels roaming wild in Australia. Australia with Simon Reeve I, BBC 2020
The camel was the backbone of the Nabataean merchant [Arabian] enterprise. Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World s2e1: Rea Sea & Petra, Channel 4 2023