r/news Dec 08 '21

Dozens of camels barred from Saudi beauty contest over Botox

https://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/dozens-camels-barred-saudi-beauty-contest-botox-81619035
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u/SheriffComey Dec 08 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

Well that's a headline I didn't expect to wake up to.

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u/DrSmirnoffe Dec 08 '21

For a moment I thought I was looking at the ticker for Cookie Clicker.

But no. A bunch of fools tried to inappropriately tart up their camels. I feel like this doesn't happen as much with horses, due to animal welfare being marginally better (EMPHASIS ON MARGINALLY BETTER) in the West. Though with that said, I wouldn't be surprised if there was an animal cruelty case in which someone tarted up their horse with botox.

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u/anxiouslybreathing Dec 08 '21

Check out the eels they used to stick up horses rear ends in order to make them run faster.

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u/rubberrazors Dec 08 '21

I knew I'd find you BTB listener.

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u/livahd Dec 08 '21

Just listened to that one this morning. I wonder if they test for ginger.

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u/YouthfulPhotographer Dec 08 '21

There's dozens of us

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u/rubberrazors Dec 08 '21

You know what else there's dozens of...

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u/YouthfulPhotographer Dec 08 '21

Knife missiles I hope!

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u/rubberrazors Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

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u/reverendjesus Dec 08 '21

Last Podcast just talked about this recently as well

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u/DrSmirnoffe Dec 08 '21

While I am tempted to do a Mighty Boosh reference, I'll instead say that I'm well aware of the related concept of gingering. Which is basically shaving a piece of ginger, running it around a horse's bumhole, and that keeps a horse's tail up. And as someone who's experienced a strong curry coming out the other end, I can personally empathize with what the horses must have felt.

...eh, fuck it. Alexa, play eels.avi

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u/JustHereForCookies17 Dec 08 '21

That's when they're not slicing through the muscles/tendons at the base of the tail for a more "permanent" solution.

Some riding disciplines want the horse to have exaggerated flexion/movement at the "ankle" when they move. Now, you could breed & train for that specific trait, but that costs money, takes time, and isn't always guaranteed. You know what is? Using a topical irritant (aka "peppering"), burning or cutting the animal, and/or wrapping chains around the leg above the hoof in a practice called "soring".

Is your horse hitting the poles of the jump with his front legs & costing you a higher placing in the competition? Well sure, they could be sore, out of their depth, need more practice, have a shitty rider, or a thousand other things. But let's just stick pointy objects inside the "boots" (like a shin guard) so that if that area comes in contact with the jump, it pokes the horse in a very delicate & sensitive area! That's a way faster & cheaper solution!

I've been riding horses for 30 years, so this is obviously a subject that hits me hard. Especially on top of the death of the Derby winner yesterday.

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u/Megz2k Dec 09 '21

Wait what happened to the derby winner? Great post btw. I’ve also been riding since I was very young, I understand your passion

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u/BubbaTee Dec 08 '21

And as someone who's experienced a strong curry coming out the other end

Yeah, if anything you want to use the curry blast in swimming, where it propels you forward like a squid's siphon jet. It's pretty useless on land.

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u/-Raskyl Dec 08 '21

Things like this happen a lot in American livestock contests at 4h events, etc. Maybe not botox, but people will add extensions to horse mains, glue hair on to give an animal a "beard", and things like that. It's such a thing that the animals are often inspected to make sure no cheating occurs.

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u/chronoboy1985 Dec 08 '21

“Tart up” is the phrase I needed.

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u/Arashmickey Dec 09 '21

Saw in my mind lipstick and mascara slathered onto camels when I read that

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u/Motherofkittens86 Dec 08 '21

Dogs regularly get surgeries that are cosmetic in the modern era (docking tails and cropping ears) because people like the look. In dog shows it was required until recently for some breeds and most show owners still do it because judges prefer it and dogs with natural ears and tails don't win.

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u/JustHereForCookies17 Dec 08 '21

In a small bit of defense of some (NOT ALL) of those practices:

Judges are supposed to be looking for a dog that best matches the "breed standard" as described in the AKC (or BKC, or whichever Kennel Club) books. Those standards were written with the intention that the dog's appearance was determined by its ability to do its job.

Tail docking was often done to prevent wolves or other predators from having something to grab the dog by, in the case of shepherding dogs. Ears were cropped to allow more airflow into the ear canal and reduce the likelihood of infections.

Hell, that doofy looking haircut poodles get? It insulates their lungs, heart, brain, and joints when they go jumping into freezing water. Poodles were bred as hunting companions, as their fur is fairly water resistant (like wool) and they are quite intelligent.

So for many of those breeds, the alterations had practical origins. Whether they're still necessary today, I doubt it. But they aren't entirely just for looks.

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u/SheriffComey Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

I had a neighbor who had to dock her labs tail because he'd get so fucking excited to see his shadow that he'd wag it so hard he'd break it on furniture or a door jamb.

One day he split the end of it and was still wagging away and ended up Jackson Pollocking her living room furniture.

So after a few breaks, splits, and infections the vet was like "Only solution I have is him having no tail because he's obviously not feeling this"

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u/JustHereForCookies17 Dec 08 '21

My aunt had to do the same with their lab.

Labradors being so neurotically happy that they'll injure themselves is...so very labrador.

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u/BOS-Sentinel Dec 08 '21

Here in the UK docking tails and cropping ears are both illegal unless done by a vet for purely medical reasons.

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u/DrSmirnoffe Dec 08 '21

Like I said, marginally better. Because who the hell does a botox procedure on a camel?

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u/ThaGerm1158 Dec 08 '21

It still is very much required, or at least it is if you want to win. See Old English Sheepdogs. Tails gone, ass is cut VERY short. I assume there are many other examples, but this one I know for certain.

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u/thekarateadult Dec 08 '21

I don't know, I live in Kentucky and race horses are drugged horribly. The whole racing industry is horrible, really, and there are always Saudis at the Kentucky Derby. (They fit right into the old-money animal-abuse-for-entertainment crowd we put on display every year.)

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u/AustinTreeLover Dec 08 '21

Headline: I SED WHAT I SED!

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u/erst77 Dec 08 '21

The is the weirdest fucking timeline, I swear.

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u/Thatsayesfirsir Dec 08 '21

I read it like 3 times..what

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u/OfficeChairHero Dec 08 '21

This has to be a brand new sentence.

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u/MrBrian22 Dec 08 '21

I have so many questions.....

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u/Maria-Stryker Dec 08 '21

Arab nations have camel beauty contests. It’s not that different from dog shows, save for the fact that still-living clans of Bedouins are often in charge and set up huge tent complexes where everything goes down and jewelry is allowed. Dubai is promoting theirs to attract tourists too

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u/CarbonatedEnema Dec 08 '21

The word جميل "beautiful" comes from the root word جمل "camel"

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u/Maria-Stryker Dec 08 '21

D'aww, that's pretty cute

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u/ParadiseCity77 Dec 08 '21

Nope. It comes from جمال not جمل or جِمال

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u/Phylamedeian Dec 08 '21

This is a cool “spot the difference” challenge

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u/CarbonatedEnema Dec 08 '21

Lmfao i was hoping another speaker would come along

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u/DoctorExplosion Dec 08 '21

And yet you'd be hard-pressed to see any headline referring to Westminster or other breed conformation shows as "dog beauty contests". The media knows what sort of anti-Arab innuendo they're making with this headline, but they don't care because they're only interested in the clicks.

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u/Maria-Stryker Dec 08 '21

Eh, I wouldn't describe NYT's travel column as anti-Arab. I think it's mostly just a direct translation

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u/R2_D20 Dec 08 '21

Thanks for saying this because my morning brain immediately went to where the headline wanted me to. As soon as I read your comment (and the above) I realized that I'm being a fucking idiot.

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u/fvgh12345 Dec 08 '21

Wait, you're telling me they AREN'T going to fuck those beautiful camels?

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u/somestupidloser Dec 08 '21

It's not any different from a livestock/heifer show in literally every state fair in America.

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u/notrevealingrealname Dec 08 '21

I think it would’ve made national headlines if people were giving livestock Botox too.

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u/somestupidloser Dec 08 '21

I'm actually pretty sure Heifers just wouldn't benefit from Botox in any competitive way, otherwise you really would have tons of these stories

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u/QuestionableNotion Dec 08 '21

I bet there's a dog owner or two who thought "Damn. Why didn't I think of that?"

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u/recycleddesign Dec 08 '21

TIL Camel tip possibly not haram. Worldly wiseness +2 xp

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u/conundrum4u2 Dec 08 '21

Q1: Do you know why they call camels 'Ships of the Desert'?

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u/DoctorExplosion Dec 08 '21

How's it any different than dog shows or horse shows?

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u/gingerfawx Dec 08 '21

Apparently botox, for one.

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u/iAmTheHYPE- Dec 08 '21

Dogs receive Botox?

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u/umbathri Dec 08 '21

To win a prize dog show? Wouldn't be surprised at all. Camel is just a larger animal, so easier to use just a little enhancer to strike a more streamlined silhouette and not be noticed. Once one person does it, they all want to do it, and you get an epidemic where the show needs to crack down, like they are.

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u/BubbaTee Dec 08 '21

Dogs receive worse, like being bred for "attractive" traits that are harmful to their health and shorten their lifespans.

Botox is stupid, but it's relatively safe (when done by professionals, and not self-administered on tiktok).

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u/DoctorExplosion Dec 08 '21

Given the epidemic of doping in dog and horse sports, I wouldn't be surprised.

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u/WatchandThings Dec 08 '21

I think the term 'beauty contest' used is throwing me off. I'm sure it's a lost in translation thing, but take the word 'beauty' out and I'm much more okay with that title.

Edit: Okay with the concept of the camel show. Not okay with botoxing the poor animals.

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u/BubbaTee Dec 08 '21

That depends. Do the camel owners hire hitmen to kill their camels for the insurance money? If not, then that's a difference between them and horse shows.

The horse murders scandal refers to cases of insurance fraud in the United States in which expensive horses, many of them show jumpers, were insured against death, accident, or disease, and then killed to collect the insurance money.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_murders

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u/Anon_8675309 Dec 08 '21

I'm sure. But how will knowing the answers affect you?

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u/President_Calhoun Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Reads headline: I wonder what 'camels' is slang for.

Reads article: Oh.

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u/Skafdir Dec 08 '21

So: Camel beauty contests have stricter rules than human beauty contests?

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u/triggeredSJW2016 Dec 08 '21

I think Botox might be in the realm of animal abuse. Not 100% sure though. At least humans have a choice

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u/Nightshade_Ranch Dec 08 '21

Maybe the camel gets migraines?

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u/ninjastarkid Dec 08 '21

Sometimes I wonder how much those folks chose to be the way they are and didn’t just be raised to be that way. I really worry about the health of those women tbh.

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u/CalydorEstalon Dec 08 '21

That quickly turns into a philosophical question about the nature of free will. If you have the option of saying no but choose not to, even if just because you don't actually understand it's an option, then it is free will. If someone else makes you do it even if you say no, then it is force and abuse.

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u/Reverse_Speedforce Dec 08 '21

The animal abuse for Humans is having to look at those people after getting a fuck ton of Botox and looking like they made love to a hornets nest.

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u/indoninja Dec 08 '21

And in dog beauty contests the US.

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u/TehOuchies Dec 08 '21

I thought this was last years article. But I checked the date.

They are reprinting the same thing for this year.

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u/i_poop_chainsaws Dec 08 '21

This has happened before‽

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u/digitecca Dec 08 '21

My morning is off to an odd start. I’m learning there is a storied history of Botox in camel beauty contests and sharing a sentiment with someone named i_poop_chainsaws. Time for some coffee.

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u/KimJongFunk Dec 08 '21

This year, authorities discovered dozens of breeders had stretched out the lips and noses of camels, used hormones to boost the beasts' muscles, injected camels' heads and lips with Botox to make them bigger, inflated body parts with rubber bands and used fillers to relax their faces.

The article has an error in it where they are confusing botox for filler. Botox isn’t used to make things bigger; that’s what filler is used for. Botox relaxes muscles.

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u/Eurycerus Dec 08 '21

Yep, that was confusing.

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u/PottedHeid Dec 08 '21

Bet they have the hump now.

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u/40calpat Dec 08 '21

Those lovely camel humps

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u/kjc22 Dec 08 '21

And not one photo of a botoxed camel. Do better!

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u/purehobolove Dec 08 '21

Personally, I think camels are much sexier without the Botox.
Just my opinion.

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u/freak4sneaks Dec 08 '21

I googled “camel with Botox” because I want to know what a botoxed camel looks like, and found out this has happened before in 2018. Still haven’t found a pic of a botoxed camel though...

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u/MSGinSC Dec 08 '21

I'll take headlines I never thought I'd read for $500, Alex.

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u/popups4life Dec 08 '21

The Onion is in fucking shambles

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u/MSGinSC Dec 08 '21

Sometimes, I'm not certain if I'm not still tripping on all that Purple Sunshine I ate in the early 90s.

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u/grpagrati Dec 08 '21

Camels: "Oh no. Anyway.."

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u/AnarkiX Dec 08 '21

Death, genocide, rape, war, then this…. Why can’t we get more of this sort of news?

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u/generalmx Dec 08 '21

Wow, $66 million in prize money seems pretty high stakes for judging the beauty of any animal.

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u/TauCabalander Dec 08 '21 edited Dec 08 '21

Hold that thought the next time you fill-up at the pump.

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u/SkunkMonkey Dec 08 '21

What an interesting article for Hump Day.

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u/ryjmd Dec 08 '21

That's some weird stuff but it's not like we don't have equally wacky stuff here so...

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u/visope Dec 08 '21

I mean this is like kennel show in the US or something

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u/walmas Dec 08 '21

Where are the photos of the camels!? Reddit commenters, don’t let me down

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u/DaveMeese Dec 08 '21

Every single part of this sentence is crazier than the last.

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u/PlumwithanO Dec 08 '21

This headline has made me so happy in a world of shit. Thank you OP for posting.

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u/rukh999 Dec 08 '21

That seems fair. You need to be able to judge the camels for their natural beauty.

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u/clueless_in_ny_or_nj Dec 08 '21

This is a good laugh to start the day.

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u/Initial_Umpire3913 Dec 08 '21

Trainers going be seeking medical exemptions for Camels saying they have migraines and are prescribed Botox, I know how this works!

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u/I_might_be_weasel Dec 08 '21

Imagine being so into camels you have a camel beauty contest.

Now, imagine being so into camels that you cheat at a camel beauty contest.

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u/Dr_thri11 Dec 08 '21

Now imagine instead of camels it's any common domestic animal in the US and you basically have a headline that wouldn't surprise anyone if it happened here.

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u/Nuclear1975 Dec 08 '21

Now imagine being so into camels that you are literally into camels 😳😱

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u/GODbFAKE Dec 08 '21

I hope it was for hump enhancement. Nothing better than some extra large humps. Except maybe some big big squishy camel toes.

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u/bloodmonarch Dec 08 '21

I thought its a women beauty pageant and they are calling them camels...

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u/Eternal-Testament Dec 08 '21

So.....this is evidently a thing.

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u/teacoffeesuicide Dec 08 '21

If this was the strangest thing from the House of Saud but sadly its not even close.

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u/ATXKLIPHURD Dec 08 '21

TLC should make a reality show about this and call it "little humpy booboo"

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u/Norwejew Dec 08 '21

I have no idea how to react to this headline without seeming racist.

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u/negrote1000 Dec 09 '21

The Onion cannot compete with this

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u/TwiznNugget Dec 08 '21

Damn, these people really do have no idea what to do with their ungodly amounts of money. What idiots.

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u/Electricvincent Dec 08 '21

They are Definitely fucking

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u/WaterIsGolden Dec 08 '21

It looks like they forgot the word 'toes.'

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u/trollinDC Dec 08 '21

Are they…banging these camels?

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u/erichhaubrich Dec 08 '21

MBS knows how to treat his sharmootas. 🤣

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u/Tretiak88 Dec 08 '21

Camels? I thought they preferred goats.

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u/melt11 Dec 08 '21

Happens every year, when are they gonna learn?

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u/fishystickchakra Dec 08 '21

Do they put botox on their hooves too?

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u/iamusuallyright007 Dec 08 '21

no, only on their toes... cause everyone likes a good plump camel toe.

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u/fishystickchakra Dec 08 '21

I was about to ask about the toes instead of hooves but I didn't want to seem sexist. Thanks

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u/iamusuallyright007 Dec 08 '21

rofl...

is it sexist if all camels have camel toes?

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u/Nuclear1975 Dec 08 '21

No it’s fillers they put on the toes so you can get some nice Phat camel toes ….. 😳 no wait ….. awwww hell.

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u/iamusuallyright007 Dec 08 '21

If I had a camels hair everytime I heard this line...

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u/SomedayWeDie Dec 08 '21

This is the real news we all needed today

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u/the_cnara Dec 08 '21

This is a double standard

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u/PrehistoricDawg69420 Dec 08 '21

This time of the year again?

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u/zerololcats Dec 08 '21

Meh, I think we can all agree that what we all want to see is a camel with a Brazilian Butt Lift! BBL baby, woooooo!!!

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u/Geordieguy Dec 08 '21

This is what my extra 30p per litre is going towards? FFS!

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u/Stompydingdong Dec 08 '21

The Onion needs to step up its game to compete with reality.

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u/prophecyish Dec 08 '21

You can’t make this shit up

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u/TennRider Dec 08 '21

Isn't this story from like 10-15 years ago?

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u/AspectVein Dec 08 '21

This is the greatest headline I’ve ever read.

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u/Nuclear1975 Dec 08 '21

You are a sick man, most of us do that over in pornhub 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

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u/SmashinCetacean Dec 08 '21

We are doomed as a species.

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u/Deadman_Wonderland Dec 08 '21

Botox face lift and silicon hump implants are banned from camel beauty contests.

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u/nostromorises Dec 08 '21

they take camel husbandry to new depths in ksa

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u/rackotlogue Dec 08 '21

I beautified some camels with AI so you don't have to

Eyelashes and lipstick makeover: https://imgur.com/f1vBKQs

Good Old Botox: https://imgur.com/qeix7Cy

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u/Killawife Dec 08 '21

Lol! I'm imagining a camel with ducklips and a cameltoe.

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u/Vaux1916 Dec 08 '21

I have a nominee to MC this beauty contest. He has experience!

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u/Ryrienatwo Dec 08 '21

Well I never thought I see this type of headline.

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u/ucatione Dec 08 '21

At least they can't cheat during the interview portion of the contest, and isn't that the most important part anyway?