camels & umbrellas


did you know that camels are spooked by umbrellas to the extent that it can send the whole members of the herd scattering in all directions?

i have read in a local newspaper here about a bangladeshi man being beaten up by two saudi bedouin shepherds after the umbrella he was using for shade sent their camels freaking out and scampering.  the man later complained to the police, who arrested the shepherds who in turn told police that the man with the umbrella ruined their day requiring them to look for and collect the traumatized camels.

the moral lesson: never ever show camels umbrellas!  lol.

the longest word


i have read that the longest word in any of the major english language dictionaries is  pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.  a word of medical origin, it is defined in wikipedia as a a lung disease caused by the inhalation of very fine silica dust, causing inflammation in the lungs – simply, it is a condition called as silicosis.



it is quite disturbing that two u.s. female journalists were convicted in north korea for 12 years of ‘hard labor’ in prison. laura lee and euna ling were arrested by north korean guards for allegedly crossing the border and espionage while filming a story about trafficking of women.

i have read of north korean prison camps – they say it is the modern day holocaust. gruesome stories about slavery, torture, and starvation have been told, but nothing can be done to stop inhumanity in a communist country.

i feel sorry for these journalists, they were in fact doing their jobs but they have put themselves into risk, i hope clemency is granted for them.