Some Americans were touring an Arab marketplace and one of them
saw a man sitting on the ground brushing his camel.
"Excuse me, sir," the American said. "Do you know the time?"
Ammar looked at the American. The he reached over and held the
camel's balls, moving them slightly. "Ten after two," he said, at
"My word!" said the American. He caught up to his tour group and
insisted some of the others return with him, "You've never seen
anything like this!" he promised.
The group went back with him. Again he asked for the time. Again
Ammar reached for the camel's balls. He seemed to be weighing
them as he moved them to and fro. Finally, he announced: "Twenty-
one minutes past two."
The others were amazed. They went on their way, but the first
American remained. He leaned over.
"Listen," he confided to Ammar, "I'd give you anything to know
how you do that. I'll give you twenty American dollars if you
show me how you can tell the time by holding your camel's balls."
Ammar thought for a moment, and then nodded. Pocketing the
twenty-dollar bill, he beckoned for the American to kneel down
beside him on the ground. Then he took the camel's balls and
gently moved them to the side, out of the way.
"Do you see that clock over there?" he asked.
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