April 7, 1864

On April 7, 1864, the first camel race was put on by Samuel McLenegham in Sacramento, California. Mr. McLenegham had purchased the camels from the US Army after its failed attempt to establish a Camel Corp that could transport goods and mail across the America desert. What the US Army failed to understand was that camels are angry, anti-social beasts that will bite you and spit on you just because they can. The winner of the first race was a one-humper named “You Idiot Beast” and it barely edged out the second place finisher “Can’t You Run Friggin Straight!”. They say “You Idiot Beast” won by a toe.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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