The Truth About Cow Tipping

Every once in a while, you'll hear someone talk about coming from a rural background where there was nothing for young people to do except get into mischief like cow-tipping. Don't believe them.

So why does the myth of cow tipping persist?

Part of this, of course, is that the closest many people come to a cow is seeing a Holstein along the interstate. Glimpsed at 65 miles per hour, it’s possible to imagine a docile bovine easily overturned by a blacked-out college bro. Approach a cow on foot and you’ll quickly realize how difficult the task of tipping would be. A 1,400-pound dairy heifer is a broad, squarely built animal — there’s a reason the adjective “beefy” exists. You’d have more luck trying to tip over a Camry than a cow.

Nate Wilson, 66, grew up around cows, began milking cows in 1970 and recently retired after selling his dairy farm in Sinclairville, New York. “I think I know a thing or two about cattle,” he says. And for him, the whole notion of cow tipping is, to put it politely, bullcrap. “There’s more cows that have been tipped in people’s imaginations,” says Wilson, “than in the real world.”

But can it be done? At Modern Farmer, the actual physics of turning over a cow are explained in geeky detail. Of course, you also have to add in typical bovine behavior, because there are some things even a cow will not put up with. Link -via the Presurfer


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