Caleb is Causing Problems

You might well ask, “WTF is Caleb?”

Sometime ago I posted this commercial featuring a camel.

Turns out that Geico is an insurance company (I didn’t know that) and the camel’s name is, you guessed it, Caleb.

Well, it turns out that one American (had to be) school has got the hump with Caleb.

Popular ‘talking’ camel kicks up school controversy as teachers, parents and students split on Hump Day ‘joke’

  • Ad for insurance company disrupts school, claim teachers
  • Talking camel is a big summer cultural hit across America
  • ‘Caleb’ the camel follows a talking gecko and chatty pig to national stardom

The popularity of Caleb, a ‘talking’ camel that stars in a TV ad for the Geico insurance company has created controversy in a Connecticut middle school

The Geico ‘Hump Day’ ad has many people laughing across America but teachers at Vernon Center Middle School in Vernon, Connecticut, would prefer to put the chatty camel in detention.

The problem?

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary P. Conway told WFSB that some sixth-grade boys at the school were impersonating the camel so much that teachers claimed it was disruptive.

‘Everybody’s walking around in the hallways and saying its hump day in that weird voice,’ student Brooke Lewis said.

The issue got a bigger rise as some students began imitating the camel during the entire week and not just on Hump Day.

‘Sometimes it’s the counting down to when it is,’ Lewis said.

Read more on The Daily Mail


How sad that a school has so little imagination, and so little tolerance. Is it any wonder why kids have failing grades when the school’s priorities are in the realm of the banal?