Curiosity Called The Cows

A drone crashed in a Belgian field and drew the attention of some of the bovines residing there.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 26, 2014
     Category: Animals

The cows most likely thought Farmer Brown had sent pizza.

Patty, you've, obviously, drunk the kool-aid! This was an R/C model not a dreaded "DRONE". Yes, I know that it also means 'pilotless aircraft'. The newies (note lack of use of the term 'journalist') have picked up that meaning and used it in their never-ending fear mongering to promote attention.

Civilian R/C craft have been around for decades and decades and have had a set of FAA rules that we followed. Our birds even had licenced tail numbers! So, let's not bite into the rotten apple and spread unreasonable fear of the IMMINENT DREADED DRONE ATTACK.

Ok... I've found the first use of the word "DRONE" in print where it means something other than a male bee or an annoying noise. Popular Science Nov. 1946 page 122 and it's a military term. I don't know why this word was chosen. Was it the sound of the engines that couldn't be heard by the operators anyhow or the total misapplied reference to a male bee that doesn't work? I'll chose the latter.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/27/14 at 01:15 AM
It was referred to as a drone at the site so I used the word, as it does mean 'pilotless aircraft'. I just got a kick out of the cows checking the thing out. I don't even like kool-aide.
When I was a child Daddy had a large gas powered remote control airplane like I think you are referring to, it was fun to watch him fly it.

Yeah, and gay used to mean happy, a fag was a cigarette, and you poked someone with your finger, not electronically. Language evolves just like everything else honey.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/27/14 at 01:55 AM
Look at this video-my friend was looking at some cattle with his Phantom II near Mammoth Mountain last month.
Posted by TJ on 09/27/14 at 03:07 AM
@Patty: I know what you're saying and I understand but calling a civilian R/C aircraft a 'drone' is in the same category as these clowns trying to put a rifle into a military setting by calling it an assult rifle.

@TJ: Exactly what I'm talking about. 'DRONE' is the military application of an unmanned vehicle. This guy, obviously wasn't waging war on the critters.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/27/14 at 03:16 AM
@expat-exactly; he was photographing when his RC toy lost touch with the transmitter and landed itself in failsafe mode.

What the things are called is really irrelevant; there are (or at least would be, if the FAA would get off their publicly-funded asses) various definitions for various craft used for various purposes, and sometimes the same word is used for more than one of them, with no ill effect at all.

The REAL point, though, is that cows dig them.
Posted by TJ on 09/27/14 at 03:22 AM
@TJ: "What the things are called is really irrelevant". Did you REALLY type that?? Seriously?? Run into a biker bar and mention that they seem to be having a gay time of it and see if what you call things is irrelevant if/when you wake up.

And... the FAA has had good, logical regs for, at least, the 35 years since I got involved in R/Cs. Regs about where they can fly, how high they can fly, what frequencies they can use, etc. The only difference I've been able to observe is that a batch of ill informed individuals in the 24hr <def>new</def> entertainment industry don't know what they're talking about and haven't taken the time to learn before they spoon feed their brand of pap to the masses.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/27/14 at 03:32 AM
Yes, I really typed that. I have RC helicopters, and the US Army has helicopters. Same word for totally different objects, and no one but you is bothered by it. Your jingoistic asshattery doesn't change the fact, either. You may have me beat by 2-3 years as an RC flyer, if in fact you are one, but that doesn't matter either. There is no disputing that in the RC hobby, remotely piloted air vehicles with video downlinks are called drones, by manufacturers and hobbyists and even ignorant reporters. Boo-hoo.

It IS funny to listen to some dweeb in Greece telling me what would happen if I walked into a biker bar.

Again, as I said, the point of the post was that some cows looked amusing finding a camera in the grass. You had to turn it into a pointless rant about stupid reporters. I'm sure there are places where you can complain about that, but this thread is about funny cows.
Posted by TJ on 09/27/14 at 04:36 AM
Missed the part about ordering pizza, TJ?

We rant around here on many levels and, somehow, don't get around to name calling too often. You've got a point about what helicopters are called. Good catch! When you arm on then I'll be glad to call it a drone until then... fly safe.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/27/14 at 04:41 AM
So, arming an unmanned air vehicle is what makes it a drone? Not according to decades of US military usage, where it is generally meant to mean any air vehicle without on-board crews. Most US military drones, in fact, were retired fighters converted into targets for radar and firing practice. The traditional military usage would even include planes flown from the ground line-of-sight, just like our models.

Many unrelated types of aircraft are commonly called drones. The word does not define the vehicle-the VEHICLE and its USAGE does. Just because some reporters try and drum up fear by taking advantage of this quirk in our language does not make the language wrong; it makes the reporters wrong. Not wrong for their use of the word, but wrong for implying that a hobbyist quad with a GoPro is the same thing as an RQ-9.

I think you should direct energy to fighting stupid reporters, rather than harassing Patty or fruitlessly trying to reinvent the language in the hopes that the stupid reporters will then just go away. I'm just as frustrated by the ninnies on TV as you are.
Posted by TJ on 09/27/14 at 05:49 AM
Pickin' on Patty is BD's job and I'd not want to take that away from him. He has so little fun as it is.

And, TJ, I was railing at the newsie's subverting the word! They didn't start calling civilian R/C craft 'drones' until we launched the militarized spy/weapon craft.

So, let's just agree to agree that what passes for 'news' coming off our TV sets is pretty much entertainment and not news.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/27/14 at 06:03 AM
I prefer my drones hovering over cleavage and boobs...not cows. The only exception to that would be if the cleavage is wearing a moo-moo.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 09/27/14 at 09:13 AM
Modern computer assisted DRONES bear very little resemblance to the old school RC model aircraft that I grew up around! I'd like to see someone with no prior experience hover out side a window with a camera
and transmitter with an old school helicopter model!
These days ANY dumbass with enough money and lack of good sense can buy a Quad copter(not a helicopter, TJ) and harass cattle or anything else pretty much at will!
I carry the TAG Tyrusguy Antiaircraft Gun, Also known as a Remington Wingmaster(that's a 12 gauge shotgun!)I figure if some idiot comes flyin' round me breakin' all kind of nonexistent FAA/FCC regulations then they deserve to have their DRONE turned into so much scrap!
Oh yeah, COWS ARE FUNNY! :lol: :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 09/27/14 at 03:21 PM
My eyes are hovering over cleavage every time I look down and it don't impress me much honey. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/27/14 at 06:59 PM
@Ty - A man in New Jersey used his shotgun on his neighbours drone.
Posted by BMN on 10/05/14 at 04:19 PM
@BMN, Photos? A link maybe?
Posted by Tyrusguy on 10/05/14 at 05:42 PM
"jingoistic asshattery" has some neat google image results. TIME magazine, Boy Meets World, androgenous communists, a definition for "negrito", the Godfather, Packer fans... keywords are fun.
Posted by BHicks on 10/09/14 at 10:41 AM
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