Camel jokes are less complicated to explain. The animal’s unusual appearance (particularly its humps) are a ready butt of jokes.
We start with this elephant-and-camel joke:
These jokes were probably inspired by the US Vice-President Hubert Humphrey:
Or this one inspired by the Bible:
Those who follow the Beau Peep strip would remember Sopwith the camel. As German pilots of WW1 would testify, the Sopwith Camel was not a laughing matter:
If you google for “camel jokes”, you would probably end up with variations of the story involving sex-starved soldiers and nomads doing things with camels. Steering clear of that, we look at the long involvement of camels with the tobacco industry.
One of the complaints involved the “Joe the Camel” advertisements which were said to induce children to start smoking:
Yes, academics have written lengthy analyses of dirty jokes and limericks. G Legman has written a number of books on these topics.
PJs and elephant jokes also deserve further study.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many elephant jokes, a small number of dog and cat jokes and hardly any jokes involving tigers and lions? Then there are phrases such as the “elephant in the room”.
And there are elephant limericks, although this one does not depend on the elephant:
A young man in sunny Yuma
Told an elephant joke to a puma.
Now his skeleton lies
Under desert skies.
The puma had no sense of huma.
Another indirect elephant joke:
A small boy misreads a sign at the zoo which says “African elephant”. He tells his father, “Dad, I saw a frickin’ elephant.”
This sign in a forest reserve is clearly not the mistake of the elephants:
And there are off-colour elephant jokes, such as these:
Learn something new: the two-humped camel is known as the Bactrian camel. Some can be seen in Ladakh. Presumably their ancestors had got lost when the Central Asian caravans were passing through some centuries ago.
For the moment, you need to remember than the one-humped variety found in most of western India and West Asia should correctly be called a dromedary.
The camel has a distant cousin called the llama. It has been immortalized in puns, besides verses like these:
An one L lama is a priest,
A two L lama is a beast.
I bet my silk pajama
That you can’t find a 3 L lama.
One of the “model answers” is a trainee llama who wears a L plate.
Another one is a “three-alarmer”, the most serious fire notified to fire brigades in the US.
In 1986, a young man named Peter Davies from Chicago was on holiday in Kenya after his college graduation. During a hike through the bush, he came upon a young bull elephant standing with his right front leg in the air. The elephant was in obvious distress, so Peter approached the elephant carefully for a better look. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant’s foot, and and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it….
As carefully as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which, the relieved giant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant looked down upon Peter with what seemed to be a curious expression… It stared at him for several tense moments. Peter knelt before this young giant frozen, thinking only of being trampled to death…. Eventually, the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned and walked away… Peter would never forget that encounter which would make a lasting impression on him for life….
Twenty years later, Peter was visiting the Chicago zoo with his young son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned toward them and began to approach Peter and his son. The large bull elephant looked down at Peter, lifted it’s right front foot off the ground. The elephant did this repeatedly while trumpeting loudly and staring at the pair. Recalling his incredible encounter in 1986, Peter could not help but wonder if it was possible that this was the same young bull he had encountered so many years before….
Peter summoned up his courage, climbed the railing into the enclosure, and walked right up to the bull elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted loudly, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter’s legs, and slammed him against the railing killing him instantly….. Probably WASN’T THE SAME fucking elephant….!
This is for all of those who send out those heart-warming bull shit stories on email…..
While this is not a joke, it is useful to know there is someone to complain to: