Category:
Cows

Cowvertising

$500 a year to put your ad on the side of a cow.

Twin Falls Times-News - Apr 8, 1984



Detroit Free Press - Apr 13, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Fri Apr 20, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Advertising, Farming, Cows, 1980s

Operation Fragrant Cow

Back in the 60s, the U.S. Army employed scientists to sneak into Omaha stockyards and spray cows with deodorant. The logic behind this was to test how easy it would be for Soviet agents to spread hoof-and-mouth disease among American cows.

Unfortunately, I can't find any more info about this operation, which is a shame because it raises so many questions. For instance, the important part of the operation must have been to see how easily they could gain access to the stockyards. So then, why bother to deodorize the cows? Was it just to add a touch of realism? Why not spray them with paint so that they could later count the "infected" ones?

Southern Illinoisan - Aug 5, 1994

Posted By: Alex - Sun Apr 09, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Military, Science, Cows, 1960s

Anti-Cow Kicker

October 1938: Alice Anthony models an "anti-cow kicker" invented by Bill Vernia of Odebolt, Iowa.

Pittsburgh Press - Oct 16, 1938



The Franklin News-Herald - Oct 7, 1938

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 11, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Cows, 1930s

Flying Cows

When I started researching my latest about.com article, I figured that most of the alleged cases of people hit by flying cows were probably urban legends. But now I've concluded that, although there is one famous flying-cow urban legend (involving a Japanese fishing boat being sunk by a cow falling out of the sky), people actually do get hit by flying cows pretty regularly.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Nov 19, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Accidents, Cows, Alex

Knocked out by brick tied to cow tail

One of the many hazards of working on a farm, back in the 1930s. Though I'm having a hard time imagining how a cow could actually lift a brick with its tail and then swing it with enough force to knock someone out.

The Daily Free Press (Carbondale, Illinois) - Jan 21, 1931



BRICK TIED TO COW'S TAIL KNOCKS MILKER UNCONSCIOUS
TOLEDO, Ore., Jan 18 — Jack Horsfall, Toledo high school student, decided to stop his cow's practice of switching her tail while he milked. He tied a brick to her tail. The cow switched her tail anyway, and the brick struck Horsfall behind the ear. He fell unconscious. When he had recovered he untied the brick.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Injuries, Cows, 1930s

Calling in the cows

Play trombone. Watch cows magically appear.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jun 13, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Cows

Cow Urine Floor Cleaner

The Holy Cow Foundation in India has succeeded in turning cow urine into a liquid cleanser that will soon be cleaning office floors throughout India. It's calling this new product Gaunyle. It says that the cow-urine product is safer than synthetic cleaners, it's "full of natural goodness," and its use will provide income for people who raise cows. So overall, its use is a "win-win" for everyone. [economic times]

Posted By: Alex - Sat Jan 10, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Cows, Body Fluids

Cow Ghost Terrorizes Town

Rogue cows are an old theme here on WU. This one apparently went rogue in the afterlife. As reported by the New York World - Aug 9, 1896.



[via Kay Massingill]

Posted By: Alex - Sun May 18, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Paranormal, Cows, Nineteenth Century

The Cow Song

Elizabeth McGovern takes a break from her role in Downton Abbey to sing about cows.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jan 23, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Farming, Cows

Fear of Cows

The Royal Mail has stopped mail delivery to Jeff and Sheila White. It says that this is due to concerns about the safety of the country path leading to their home. The Whites say its because the postman has a "fear of cows." Well, cows can be pretty scary, especially when they attack! [Daily Mail]

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 06, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Cows

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