One Hump or Two?


Fellow bigger, Jim Adams, wrote an informative post earlier today about dromedaries. In that post he pointed out the dromedaries can be distinguished from camels based upon the number of humps on their backs. Dromedaries, Jim explained, have one hump on their backs, while Camels have two. He even provided a neat little trick in his post for remembering the difference.

I knew that some camels have one hump and others have two, but I didn’t know they had different names. So, once again, I learned something new at Jim’s blog.

While this is fascinating stuff, at least to me, it’s not what my post is about. It’s actually about how I was duped by a cigarette maker.

When I was a young man, I started smoking cigarettes. It was the thing to do at the time. We didn’t know how bad cigarettes were for our health. All we knew was that smoking cigarettes made you look cool.

Not only did I start smoking cigarettes, I smoked Camel cigarettes, not those wimpy filter-tipped cigarettes. Oh no, I smoked Camels because real men, like me and John Wayne, didn’t need filters on our cigarettes.

We tough guys loved having little bits of tobacco sticking onto our lips and tongues as we dragged on our fags. (Just so you know, back in the day, cigarettes were also known as “fags.” Today, dragging on a fag has a totally different connotation.)

So how was I duped, aside from thinking smoking cigarettes was cool? Well, look at the picture of a pack of Camels at the top of this post. How many humps? Just one, right?

But with one hump, the animal on that pack is a dromedary, not a camel. This is a camel:


See? Two humps! What ever happened to truth in packaging?

But seriously folks, would smoking a Dromedary cigarette have had the same cachet as smoking a Camel? No way!

And, as Jim pointed out when responding to my comment on his post, “nobody would walk a mile for a Dromedary.”

Overwhelming Odds

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The horde of communist forces from North Korea quickly overwhelmed the smaller number of U.S. and South Korean defenders. The communist forces conducted a major offensive, knowing this might be their best chance to take complete control of the entire Korean peninsula.

The North Korean troops were bolstered by several hundred thousand troops from communist China. The enemy forces were equipped with Soviet tanks, while the American and South Korean units were outgunned, outnumbered and pinned down.

The outcome of this battle was never in doubt. The allies sent as many troops to the beleaguered defenders as they could muster, which wasn’t as many as were needed. After several days, the American and South Korean troops were overcome by the onslaught of the North Koreans and Chinese.

But while this battle was lost, the war, after three years of fighting, ended when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea.

Tensions between the North and South have never really ceased, but with the ascendance of Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, they appear today to be at their worst in more than 60 years.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “overcome.”

#SoCS — Motive


Detective Frank Morrison looked up from his desk after taking the last sip of coffee from his mug. “Shit,” he said.

“What’s the matter?” asked his partner, Jimmy McGraw, who was sitting in the desk opposite Morrison’s.

“It’s Grossman,” Morrison answered, just as ADA Howard Grossman approached their desks.

“Nice collar last night, guys,” Grossman said to the two detectives.

“I hear a ‘but’ coming,” Morrison said. “Is something bothering you?”

“Matter of fact, detective, there is something bothering me,” Grossman said. “Why?”

“Why what?” asked McGraw.”

“He wants to know why the perp killed the victim,” Morrison said.

Grossman leaned over and put both of his hands on Morrison’s desk. “Exactly. He had to have a reason for doing what he did. Why’d he kill him?”

“Who cares why he did it? McGraw asked. “We know what he did and how he did it and when he did it. Ain’t that enough?”

“What he’s suggesting, Jimmy, is that there are holes,” Morrisey responded.

“Gaping holes,” Grossman said. “Unreliable witnesses. No known connection to the vic. No murder weapon. I need more to make this stick.”

“Sheesh,” moaned McGraw. “The guy has no alibi and we found him just 100 yards from the crime scene with blood stains on his clothing. It’s open and shut.”

Morrison sighed. “He’s looking for motive, Jimmy.”

“That’s exactly what I need,” said Grossman. “Motive.”

Written for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “motive,” from Linda G. Hill.