I can only imagine how the story came about, from, “The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back.” In looking this up, all I came up with is that it is an Arabic Proverb. I wasn’t satisfied with that, so here goes… imagination going into over drive……..


Bacco loaded the straw from the fields onto his camel’s back one pitch fork load at a time. The Camel stood calmly, chewing mouthfuls of the straw while his master loaded his back with straw. More and more straw was loaded onto the camel’s back. Bacco was thinking he could put extra straw on the camels back and perhaps only make two trips to town this day instead of the usual three trips a day.

For today was Bacco’s anniversary and he wanted to get home to his pretty little bride. He plan to stop and pick up some fresh fish and a scarf before he got home. A surprise meal and a present for his wife. All the while thinking of what he wanted to do this afternoon he kept loading hay on the camel’s back.

The camel’s eyes grew bigger and his legs began to wobble while Bacco loaded more straw on the animal’s back side. Bacco adjusted the weight a bit then tucked in some handfuls of the straw in a few vacant areas. The camel moaned out loud, and Bacco said, “Just a tad bit more my trusty animal.”

Bacco reached down and picked up another handful and began placing the straw in one strand at a time because there was basically no room left in the bags the bulged outward to the point of breaking that rested on the camel’s back. But determined to fill the bags full, Bacco kept putting straw in the bags one piece at a time. Bacco took one strand of straw and held it up, saying, “This will be the last straw, then we will go.”

The Camel let out a loud moan as its legs buckled and the poor creature went straight down. The load of straw pressed the camel to the ground and its legs spread outward. Bacco went to the head of the camel and pulled and pulled on the harness trying to encourage the creature to get up but it was no use, the load was to much for the camel.


The moral is:

Don’t overload yourself or your Camel, or your truck. (I saw on the road where a truck with a trailer was broke down with its wheels popped out ward, because they thought they could make it happen) So, I thought of this little tale…..

“It is better to be safe than sorry”


from Wikipedia

The idiom the straw that broke the camel’s back is from an Arabic proverb about how a camel is loaded beyond its capacity to move or stand.[1] This is a reference to any process by which cataclysmic failure (a broken back) is achieved by a seemingly inconsequential addition, a single straw. This also gives rise to the phrase “the last/final straw”, used when something is deemed to be the last in a line of unacceptable occurrences. Variations include “the straw that broke the donkey‘s back”, the “melon that broke the monkey‘s back”, the “feather that broke the camel’s back”, and the “straw that broke the horse’s back”.

One of the earliest published usages of this phrase was in Charles Dickens‘s Dombey and Son (1848), where he says “As the last straw breaks the laden camel’s back”, meaning that there is a limit to everyone’s endurance, or everyone has his breaking point. Dickens was writing in the nineteenth century and he may have received his inspiration from an earlier proverb, recorded by Thomas Fuller in his Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs as “‘Tis the last feather that breaks the horse’s back”. Mark Twain also used a variation of this phrase in his book “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, “this final feather broke the camel’s back” (Twain 71.)


how do you know how much you can carry,

until you test your limits