How Many Camels Is My Girlfriend Worth?

26 May

Dromedaries... how to pay for your new wife.

Dromedaries... how to pay for your new wife.

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.



Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Internet



4 responses to “How Many Camels Is My Girlfriend Worth?

  1. Kirstie

    May 26, 2009 at 12:12

    I have to say the questions and the prepared answers are rather sexist and one can tell how to get high marks (sorry, more camels) just by choosing the “best, chauvanist pig’s” answer. It’s a good thing the trading and selling of people is on the out… in most places anyway. Very degrading all around.

    • whitesundays

      May 27, 2009 at 09:42

      Yeah, I should probably file this one under ‘mean-spirited fun’. I agree that it’s somewhat misogynistic, but the very idea that a woman’s worth could be equated to a certain amount of a physical object is ludicrous to begin with. I sort of forgave them when I saw the, ‘send us hate e-mail’ button down the bottom and decided they at least had a sense of humour about the whole thing.

  2. Heepoleroosse

    July 8, 2010 at 00:57

    I for the first time here.
    You saw,scandal Video


  3. Igor

    May 4, 2015 at 14:09

    Dude that’s a Bactrian not a Dromedarian…


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