Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bottoms Up!


Yesterday I got an e-mail from my old friend Dave, with whom I served in Berlin many years ago. He wrote to tell me of an interesting article he'd stumbled upon and thought I would enjoy as a topic for a blog post ... he sent a link to the article and went on to say, "If you've already written on this, please direct me to the post. If not, I'd love to read what you have to say on the subject."

Well, Dave, I haven't written on this particular subject before, so let's see what we can do with an article from US News and World Report titled "Stop Drinking Camel Urine, World Health Organization Says."

Chances are you haven't passed up a glass of iced tea in favor of a glass of camel urine for refreshment on a hot day, but it seems that some people in middle eastern countries do ... and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they probably shouldn't. It seems that camel urine, refreshing though it might be, can carry the virus which causes the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. According to an article on the WHO website titled Frequently Asked Questions on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus,

"Until more is understood about MERS, people with diabetes, renal failure, chronic lung disease, and immunocompromised persons ... should avoid contact with camels, drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked."

I find myself, uncharacteristically, at a loss for words, and I can't help but imagine what the camels think about this ...


And I have to wonder ... who collects that camel urine? What training is involved? Do they have a union? What sort of benefits package comes with a job collecting camel urine? And how does one describe that sort of expertise on one's resume?

I understand that people eat and drink some pretty strange things*, and I don't mind an occasional gastronomic adventure**, but I think I'd draw the line at drinking urine, camel ... or otherwise ...


Sorry, Dave - I think I'll stick with a nice, cold beer***. And by the way, I have written on the subject of urine (albeit human) before, most recently this past May ... you can read it here.

Have a good day. Enjoy a glass of cold, refreshing water, why dontcha, and then come back tomorrow for our latest collection of Great Moments in Editing.

More thoughts then.

Bilbo

* Such as haggis, yak butter tea, assorted insects, and fugu.

** Within limits.

*** Angel has a few suggestions.

11 comments:

John Hill said...

Those summer night's at the oasis won't be the same without a refreshing glass of camel urine...

eViL pOp TaRt said...

This is beyond crazy! Yuck!

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer said...

I wonder if it tastes like Budweiser.

Mike said...

It might give some of those nasty craft beers a run for their money.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Can that be where Miller Lite comes from?

Bilbo said...

Rammer Jammer and Elvis - it's probably a lot like Michelob Ultra.

Chuck Bear said...

Or Yuengling.

allenwoodhaven said...

We used to call lousy beer weasel piss. Who knew?!

Kristen Drittsekkdatter said...

Camel urine might be sold in health foods stores, for all I know.

Atomic Dog said...

I can imagine a camel urine collector telling his grandmother what he does for work.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

just Ewwww!