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The Camel's Back

Randy Cohen in New York Magazine, 1978

At what point did the straw break the camel's back? In his Treatise on One-Humped Camels in Health and in Disease, A. S. Leese reports that camels can generally carry from 240 up to 1200 pounds--which only "the very best animals" can manage. The record for camel capacity in Australia is 1904 pounds.