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Was the camel-punching man imitating Schwarzenegger?

May 6, 2008 | 12:27 pm

News yesterday that a man assaulted a camel at a Bay Area Six Flags theme park reminded us of another well-known camel puncher: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian," Arnold walks through a dusty little town, knocking a camel over with a forceful punch to the head:

As if that wasn't enough, two years later in the sequel, "Conan the Destroyer," Arnold's animosity for camels continues unabated. He socks it to one again, this time because it spit on him:

I wonder if the governor has any advice for Christopher Allen, the alleged Vallejo camel-puncher, who was arrested for his offscreen punch. [An earlier version of this post described Arnold as walking through a dark dungeon, instead of a dusty little down. But then again, it was dark.]

-- Tony Barboza

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