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I love the Clampers! When my pet raccoon went into heat and tore up my house looking for a mate, I let her outside and realized I wasn’t important to her anymore. But then the Clampers found me, and now I know love again.
Clampers are a lifesaver! On my last trek through the desert, my 20 person canoe got a flat tire. I was stranded, only 1 beer left to keep my sanity and I thought my life would not go on. All of the sudden, off in the distance a Clamperish fellow and what he referred to as his ass Jenny approached me. With a little know how and that big kiss I gave to Jenny I was back to skiing in no time. Thanks Clampers.
What are Clampers?
The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the heritage of the American West, especially the history of the Mother Lode and gold mining regions of the area. The fraternity is not sure if it is a “historical drinking society” or a “drinking historical society.” There are chapters in California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Outposts in other western states, including us in Wyoming. Members call themselves “Clampers.” The organization’s name is in Dog Latin, and has no known meaning; even the spelling is disputed, sometimes appearing as “Clampus,” “Clampsus,” or “Clampsis.” The motto of the Order, Credo Quia Absurdum, is generally interpreted as meaning “I believe it because it is absurd; “the proper Latin quotation Credo quia absurdum est, is from the Christian apologist Tertullian (c.160 – c.220 AD), who rejected rationalism and accepted a Gospel which addressed itself to the “non-rational levels of perception.”
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