Is cow tipping possible?

Have the gang from Mythbusters proven this yet?

There is detailed research buried in the University of British Columbia archives which suggests that the idea of knocking over a standing cow just doesn't stand up. I had no idea people were tipping cows solo as I always heard of it as a medium-sized group activity.  I know for a fact, from personal experience, that 1/2 a dozen highly motivated and very drunk high school boys were able to tip over a cow years ago.  Of course riding a hog didn't go as well.

Unless you are familiar with farm animals please note: cows do not sleep standing up. What's more, simple physics suggests the force of a single person is hardly enough to cause a standing cow to topple over.

“Two could do it in theory,” Dr. Margo Lillie, a zoology professor at the university, told Modern Farmer. “But it’s not going to be easy, and as soon as the cow responds by bracing herself or leaning into you — which she will do — it will be even harder.

I used to visit my cousin's cattle farm as a child and once, many moons ago, I saw the most bizarre thing. The farmer, his two sons, and a full time guy were all running around with sticks, whacking cows on their backsides. Turned out the cows had punched through a fence and wandered into an apple orchard. Well, it was fall and there were apples rotting on the ground, and there were about 30 freaked-out cows tipping over all on their own. The job of the day was keeping them from falling over and possibly breaking a rib or three. It was hours before they got them back to the barn, then they had to milk them and throw away the milk of the many hammered cows.

In the city of San Francisco, cows do not meander around similar to the streets of India, and when it comes time for some of the common folk to express themselves, they are left with tipping Smart Cars on their sides.

Some bay area citizens have a buried “screw you” in their minds to progress, particularly environmentally conscious automobile owners.  The NBC Bay Area News spoke to an eyewitnesses who claimed 6 to 8 people in hoodies committed a few of these acts–which spread all around town like a bad case of the measles.

“They looked like they were up to no good,” according to one witness. “And sure enough, they huddled around it and lifted it up.” Cow tipping can be possible, but smart cars should be left alone.

Would I ever tip a cow?

I think I would try to keep it at 15%. You know that when parties of 5 or more are involved, a tip of 18% is added automatically, unless the service is inadequate in which case I guess you just have to talk to the farmer.

Linda Seccaspina

Thanks to Kevin for sending me the link

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Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 8, 2014 at 2:55pm

funny you should say that creekend I wear an alice in wonderland necklace that says "we are all mad here":)

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 8, 2014 at 1:06pm

Zanelle.. I guess they get up by themselves hahah

Steve.. well keep looking hahaha

Thanks Marsha

Comment by Marsha Shearer on April 8, 2014 at 12:58pm

Brilliant, Linda.  Send this to the Chronicle, or whatever paper(s) are still in existence in the Bay area.  This is LOL funny...

Comment by Steve S on April 8, 2014 at 10:38am

Looked all over, can't find the photo of I Nicole had.

Comment by Zanelle on April 8, 2014 at 10:37am

I thought it was really funny to tip the smart cars.  Makes me want to live in San Fran.

Tipping cows has always been intriguing to me.  How do you get them back up?  (Which is what I thought about the ttpped car too)

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 7, 2014 at 9:07pm

sounds like a blog there haha

Comment by Steve S on April 7, 2014 at 8:10pm

I gave a cow a tip once. Told a 4-H kid's cow the truth - the packer's truck was expected the next day. Made a big show of giving the cow (her name was Nicole) this tip.

Funny thing, Nicole escaped that night, but was quickly apprehended you-know-the-rest.

Comment by Linda Seccaspina on April 7, 2014 at 7:19pm

I know... but I am glad I dont have one of those cars

Comment by Kevin Army on April 7, 2014 at 7:15pm

Looks like the car got a 50% tip! when you think of it that way, the degenerate vandals are at least generous....


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