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Cow tipping myth dispelled

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 03:33 PM

The idea that drunk men are able to steal into fields and shove sleeping cows onto their sides is not only absurd but scientifically implausible, researchers claim.

Even if urban legends were right and the animals did sleep standing up – which they do not – it would still take at least two strong men to overturn one, and as soon as the cow responded by bracing itself the task would become even trickier.

http://www.telegraph...-dispelled.html

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:49 PM

Not to mention cows don't take being woke up and spooked very kindly and might stomp you to death.

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Posted 06 September 2013 - 06:52 PM

Now this is one I never heard of before.  People are funny.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 05:05 PM

I would think they would scatter  the moment they heard someone approaching

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:48 PM

Yeah I've had a couple friends attempt this one over the years, it never ends well. My cousin tried it a few years ago and ended up getting kicked, which IMO was funnier than if he would've tipped the cow lol


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:46 AM

That's the whole point of cow tipping, you get the dumb ones to do it, while you sit back, enjoy a beer and laugh your ass off.

View PostStill Waters, on 06 September 2013 - 03:33 PM, said:

The idea that drunk men are able to steal into fields and shove sleeping cows onto their sides is not only absurd but scientifically implausible, researchers claim.

Even if urban legends were right and the animals did sleep standing up – which they do not – it would still take at least two strong men to overturn one, and as soon as the cow responded by bracing itself the task would become even trickier.

http://www.telegraph...-dispelled.html


The fact that someone was dumb enough to test this theory appalls me.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:51 AM

The sad thing about this is that it took "researchers" to figure this out.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:50 PM

Agreed.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:47 AM

The only time I ever felt guilty about something I told someone included a cow tipping story. I can see someone believing you can tip a cow, if you ever seen one get to its feet you wonder why it lays down to begin with. What made me feel bad though was I told him about porcupine eggs....


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:03 AM

Americans are prone to try this sort of thing on people they think are naive, and being a foreigner to some Americans automatically puts you in that category.  I don't know how many times I've been offered Rocky Mountain Oysters, on the theory that I will be upset when I find out what it is.  Thing is, Asians eat a lot wider variety of foods than Americans without such silly sensitivities.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:13 AM

You'll be telling us you can't milk pigeons next.

Edited by SheWomanCatTypeThing, 20 September 2013 - 10:13 AM.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:31 AM

View PostFrank Merton, on 20 September 2013 - 10:03 AM, said:

Americans are prone to try this sort of thing on people they think are naive, and being a foreigner to some Americans automatically puts you in that category.  I don't know how many times I've been offered Rocky Mountain Oysters, on the theory that I will be upset when I find out what it is.  Thing is, Asians eat a lot wider variety of foods than Americans without such silly sensitivities.
Honestly never understood why people expect some huge reaction to food when the other person is from another country. Unless it is the surprise of already spicy food suddenly having a bit more heat, which may or may not have been because they left an unattended bowl of peas enticingly close to the pepper sauce.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:13 PM

View PostHeathenRoyalty, on 15 September 2013 - 09:46 AM, said:

That's the whole point of cow tipping, you get the dumb ones to do it, while you sit back, enjoy a beer and laugh your ass off.




The fact that someone was dumb enough to test this theory appalls me.


Yeah, I thought it was kinda like Snipe Hunting.

Not that I ever snipe hunted before.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

View Postsupervike, on 20 September 2013 - 08:13 PM, said:

Yeah, I thought it was kinda like Snipe Hunting.

Not that I ever snipe hunted before.
Hehehe, you know there really is snipe hunting in some places? I mean hunting birds with guns, not running in the woods at night with a sack.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 20 September 2013 - 10:03 AM, said:

Americans are prone to try this sort of thing on people they think are naive, and being a foreigner to some Americans automatically puts you in that category.  I don't know how many times I've been offered Rocky Mountain Oysters, on the theory that I will be upset when I find out what it is.  Thing is, Asians eat a lot wider variety of foods than Americans without such silly sensitivities.

Like Americans have a monopoly on pranking people unfamiliar with the local culture. :rolleyes:





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