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
Category: Animals, Injuries, 1930s





Comments
It might as well be a brick when that tail is covered in muck and ice.

'Course there is the old tale of the farmer standing on the stool to tie the tail to the rafter - with his hands up, his pants fall down and his wife walks in.
Posted by OldPerson on 10/10/15 at 09:53 AM
I grew up on a mainly grain farm, with a few animals. While milking the milch cow her tail could give you a swat to the head. So on this one I say a doubtful "MAYBE".
Posted by BMN on 10/10/15 at 09:57 AM
No, this one is, most likely true. I've been aside these critters in the winter and, like The OldPerson said, that ball of frozen poo-poo on the end of their tails gets pretty heavy.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/10/15 at 10:20 AM
A man before his time, he could have been in the Jackass movies.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/10/15 at 01:05 PM
It really sounds like a Three Stooges gag, but I can't pinpoint the movie right now.
Posted by Mark McDermott in United States on 10/13/15 at 02:26 PM
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