Camels vs. dromedaries?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 4 03:38:49 UTC 2008

At 10:43 PM -0400 4/3/08, Michael Covarrubias wrote:
>Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>>Aha.  So camels always tell the truth, unlike the moon, which always lies.
>>Well, I'm going through an eclipse, and in the dark on this apothegm.
>The moon lies because it says 'D' for Decrease when it's really

and "C" when it's crescent, or else it would only be lying half the time

>that mnemonic always seemed like too many steps.

But it's so elegant!  (In the northern hemisphere, anyway.)  Now, if
we can prove that camels have two humps and dromedaries one when
they're south of the Equator, we'll really be on to something.


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