Famous cows

We’ve just been through the Foulridge Tunnel. It’s nearly a mile long, pretty straight and as dark and spooky as many other tunnels we’ve encountered so far. Apparently, in 1912, a cow named Buttercup fell in at one end, swam the whole length of the tunnel and was pulled out and revived with brandy at the other. In honour of Buttercup and her exploits (including the ability to survive alcohol poisoning), I give you three other famous cows from history.

One of Buttercup's descendants, about to repeat her trick by Greenberfield Locks. Nice to see natural selection keeping things under control, hey?

One of Buttercup’s descendants, about to repeat her trick by Greenberfield Locks. Nice to see natural selection keeping things under control, hey?

Maudine Ormsby
Crowned Homecoming Queen at Ohio State University in 1926. A cow. Wikipedia tells me she didn’t attend the dance held in her honour. A grumpy cow?

I'd refuse to go to the dance too, if I only had these men for company.

I’d refuse to go to the dance too, if I only had these men for company.

Io
A nymph priestess who caught Zeus’ eye. Not satisfied with seducing her, he then turned her into a heifer when Hera caught them at it! Hera got mad, as anyone would really, at Zeus’ persistent philandering and sent a gadfly to bite Io in heifer form. Poor cow.

Io getting stitched up by the bigger, badder gods.

Io getting stitched up by the bigger, badder gods.

Mrs O’Leary’s cow
Possibly the most famous cow in history. When the Great Fire wiped out Chicago in 1871, Mrs O’Leary and her (sadly unnamed) cow were held responsible. The meejah made the story up in an attempt to incite anti-Irish sentiment and their names were not cleared until years later.

News of the World-style reporting at its finest.

News of the World-style reporting at its finest.

She’s such a famous cow, she’s even got her own (freaky) song named after her. Written by Brian Wilson no less:

 

Posted in Cruising log, History and traditions

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