When I was a teenager, a woman named Mary-Lynn Ascough ran our church’s youth group. One day during a lull between Bible lessons, Mr. Ascough told us the story of how a foreign gentleman had attempted to purchase Mary-Lynn from him… with camels.
Apparently they had been walking down the street together when they were approached by a bearded fellow in a crimson turban and white kurta. The man was struck by Mary-Lynn and began haggling with Mr. Ascough to purchase her from him.
As a cheeky and imaginative child I imagined he had a bevy of camels walking behind him, ready to pay with; or perhaps they’d spring out of his wallet the moment he produced it.
The part of the story I particularly enjoyed was that before they turned him down, they haggled, just to see how high he was willing to go. Mr. Ascough grinned and swaggered a bit when he revealed his wife was worth no fewer than 37 camels. It was a point of pride between them, as if they could challenge other couples, “Oh yeah, but how many camels is she worth, mate?”.
And then the other day I somehow came across this website which, based on some simple calculations and a few arbitrary questions such as her age, her hair colour, her culinary skills, and a few more, will let you know just how many camels your girlfriend is worth.
Kellie is worth a whopping 45.