There She Is, Miss Camel!

3:35 PM -- The Seattle Times reported yesterday that camels are finally being appreciated for their aesthetic value:

    Camel beauty pageants, in which camels are judged on their looks and dressage, are held all over Saudi Arabia.

No word so far on how the camels feel about being objectified in this way... Get ready for an onslaught of camel body issues and possibly even camelrexia.

    They have become so popular in recent years that a respected Saudi cleric recently issued a decree against them, saying that they encouraged pride.

Nothing worse than a proud camel. But surely they also encourage world peace?

    "It's just like judging a beautiful girl," said Fowzan al-Madr, a camel breeder from the Kharj region southeast of Riyadh. "You look for big eyes, long lashes and a long neck — maybe 39 or 40 inches."

Something tells me I don't want to see the girls in Kharj...

— Red Panda, Light Reading

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