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Our planet is a neat place, full of weird and unusual people doing weird and unusual things. One oddball thing I like to do is geocache. What other activity is there that makes people travel hundreds of miles to climb a mountain, wade a river, and fight a Bigfoot, just to be the first person to sign a piece of paper rolled up in a 35mm film canister stuffed in the knot hole of a tree? I can't think of any other sport that has such a great mix of technology and the wonderful outdoors. A lot of geocaches are placed in a beautiful setting, or hidden in a challenging or unique way, or in a historical setting. Geocaching allows the finder to share in some of the hiders favorite places, and along the way you get to meet some interesting characters, and occasionally learn something new. While this blog is primarily a geocaching blog, I also use this place to post the occasional funny video or weird news story, or as a platform to rant or rave about something I really have to share. But for the most part this website is about you, the weirdo walking around in circles, talking into your GPS unit like it's a phone, pretending your taking pictures of a phone booth to find find the tiniest micro-cache, or circling your car around and around a light pole in a parking lot trying to retrieve a cache without even getting out of your car.


Camel Urine vs. Donkey Urine

Sanaa, 11 July (AKI) - 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.

"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."

The use of the urine is not just limited to women. Men have reportedly also been using it to prevent or stop hair loss.

"Many young men use the camel's urine. I am forced to buy large quantities for my business," said Hasan, a barber.

A boom in the sale of camel urine has prompted people to begin
breeding more camels, and they are constantly being given liquids in
order to collect more urine.

Nomadic camel breeders have benefited the most from the sale of
urine. The breeders are usually in the most remote areas of the country
such as Hudeida and Mukallah provinces.

Some people also claim that camel urine is good for the liver, a
claim discredited by the University of Sanaa that said it was harmful
for the digestive system.

The use of camel urine could have its roots in Islamic religion. In
the Prophet Mohammed's "sunna" (or tradition), it talks about the
benefits of camel milk and urine.

In a "hadith" (or narrative), foreigners are said to have gone to
the holy city of Medina with high fever and the Prophet Mohammed
ordered them to leave the city and drink urine and milk from a camel to
help them recover.
You be the judge:

Camel Urine

Donkey Urine
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