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You think gas prices are high!
Posted by: McQ on Friday, July 11, 2008

Forget Hair Club For Men. Forget all the advertised unguents and ointments. Forget those ugly toupees.

If you have thinning hair and want to spend that $4 bucks you have on something other than gas, well, Yemen may be the place for you:
Camel urine, considered an ancient Islamic 'remedy' from the time of the Prophet Mohammed, has become big business for men and women in Yemen.

The urine has become fashionable recently among Yemen's young people, who claim that it strengthens the scalp, slows hair loss and promotes healthy hair.

According to the Arab TV network al-Arabiya, hair salons throughout the country are requesting this precious 'tonic' and selling it at four dollars a litre - a high price considering the income level of most of the buyers.
And there are testimonials:
"I have been using camel urine since I have been going to elementary school," said Amal, a university student in Sanaa.

"The first time a neighbour told me that she had been using it (urine) for many years, because it made her hair more beautiful and shiny. Now everyone in my home uses it."
I can hear Jamal now:

"Ah, Fatima, you're hair smells of camel urine and shines like a new star."

That's about as romantic as you can get in Yemen I suppose.

It isn't just women raving about it.
"Many young men use the camel's urine. I am forced to buy large quantities for my business," said Hasan, a barber.
Forced. To buy it.


I think I'd rather eat dog.
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For some reason I have "Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir" stuck in my head now.
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Aaaaaaaaaaaand I think I’ll just cancel my vacation plans to Yemen now...
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Apologies to Rod Stewart.

You’re in my heart
You’re in my soul
Urine my hair.
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I could never get through that movie to the ’death blossom’ scene. When someone used the term a few years ago, I had to look it up. The movie was too horribly cornball and I’m generally forgive of Sci-Fi.
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D’oh! last remark belongs in the Photoshop thread.
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The first thing that came to mind for me was that old Monty Python sketch where these famously quotable people are in a room rubbing elbows with the monarch and they’re saying "witty" things like:

"Your majesty is like a stream of bat’s p*ss."


"It’s one of Wilde’s!"

"Well, [Oscar] Wilde?"

"I merely meant, your majesty, that you shine like a shaft of gold when all around is dark."
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