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Old 08-04-09, 04:25 AM   #1
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Random Cow Facts

# The smallest type of cow is a breed called Dexter, which was bred a small size for household living.
# Cows were domesticated about 5,000 years ago.
# Cows can see color.
# Cows can detect odors up to 5 miles away.
# A 1,000 pound cow produces an average of 10 tons of manure a year.
# Per day, a cow spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud.
# The average cow drinks about 30 gallons of water and eats about 95 pounds of feed per day.
# A cow stands up and lies down about 14 times a day.
# A cow's heart beats between 60 and 70 beats per minute.
# Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.
# A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
# A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
# Cows often have their ears pierced-with I.D. tags.
# A cow weighs about 1400 pounds. That's probably 10-25 times what we weigh!
# What a cow eats affects how much milk she gives.
# Cows drink 25-50 gallons of water each day. That's nearly a bathtub full.
# When the Pilgrims came to America, they brought cows with them.
# From a cow's gelatin we get photographic film and the dearly departed phonographic records.
# Cows have three stomachs.

Some of the people we know right here in Foo produce at least that much, though!
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Old 08-04-09, 05:07 AM   #2
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Old 08-04-09, 06:15 AM   #3
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wow, you can replace "a cow" with "jsharr" and those are all still applicable.
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Old 08-04-09, 08:30 AM   #4
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Another fact, Cow tastes good.

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Old 08-04-09, 08:32 AM   #5
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wow, you can replace "a cow" with "jsharr" and those are all still applicable.
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Another fact, Cow tastes good.

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Another fact, jsharr tastes good.

this does not compute!
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Old 08-04-09, 08:49 AM   #6
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My cow facts:

1. I hate cows.
2. It requires roughly 5,000 square meters to maintain a cow in Costa Rica.
3. Cows like the grass long, horses want to crop your lawn.
4. Cows cannot do well just on grass, but require minerals and injections.
5. A big cow can break a concrete post, but not a wooden one.
6. If there is a herd of cows in the road waiting to be milked and you are weaving between them on your bike, you can be sure more than a few will choose to have a potty break.
7. Manure is slicker than mud, see #6
8. Cows that walk up and down on hills eating grass produce meat so tough that your teeth bounce while chewing.
9. A herd of cows can turn a perfectly good trail into mud up to your knees just by walking on it.
10. Deforestation is caused more by cattle farming than logging, much, much more. Most of the forest was cut down for pasture, not for logs, in fact, most of the wood was burned.

And I hate cows, if I didn't already say that - but calves can be cute.
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Another fact, jsharr tastes good.

this does not compute!
And I don't even think you can say jsharr has good taste either!
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Another fact, jsharr tastes good.

this does not compute!
I just threw up in my mouth. I've been sick the past few days is all.

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bite me.

My favorite explorer is Cabeza de Vaca.
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hey now, cows are my thing.

Your thread needs more cow pics.

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Old 08-04-09, 09:15 AM   #14
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cows are beautiful........

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cows are beautiful........

yes they are, especially with a salad and baked potato.
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yes they are, especially with a salad and baked potato.
evil MV.

I'm going to have to start a thread on the cows of the world before East Hill beats me to it,......

evil EH.

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# Cows have three stomachs.
More like 4 - but really 1 with 4 compartments.

# I suffered through milking cows morning and night until I was 17
# Nothing beats milk right from the bulk tank from a herd of Ayrshires. Whole milk from the supermarket is weaksauce.
# I have many days where I stare into my computer monitors at work and wish I was farming.
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# The average cow drinks about 30 gallons of water and eats about 95 pounds of feed per day.

# Cows drink 25-50 gallons of water each day. That's nearly a bathtub full.

Okay, so which is it? 30, or 25-50?
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# A 1,000 pound cow produces an average of 10 tons of manure a year.
# A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
# A cow weighs about 1400 pounds. That's probably 10-25 times what we weigh!
The math interests me...

If a 1400 pound cow is truly 10-25 times as heavy as us, that means we weigh from 56-140 pounds. I think there may be a few of us at the top end of that scale, but many of us are over it.

If a 1,000 pound cow produces 10 tons of manure (which sounds too round to be true) I wonder if a 200 pound man produces 2 tons of manure per year... If not, does this mean we should be eating more fiber?

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I never knew vinyl was made from cows... I always assumed it was like some other "plastics" and was fabricated from petrochemicals. So, I have learned something today.
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Okay, so which is it? 30, or 25-50?
As someone who has taken a few courses in statistics, these do not seem to contradict each other.

It is unlikely that every cow drinks exactly the same amount of water per day regardless of conditions, but the mean could be 30, and be perfectly valid in a generalized statement. And the range could be 25-50 (with some designated error rate to accommodate the outliers).

And I fully realize that this sort of logic isn't very foo-like.
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The math interests me...

If a 1400 pound cow is truly 10-25 times as heavy as us, that means we weigh from 56-140 pounds. I think there may be a few of us at the top end of that scale, but many of us are over it.
Glad to see others are paying attention too. These two facts/inconsistencies caught my eye too.
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The math interests me...

If a 1400 pound cow is truly 10-25 times as heavy as us, that means we weigh from 56-140 pounds. I think there may be a few of us at the top end of that scale, but many of us are over it.

If a 1,000 pound cow produces 10 tons of manure (which sounds too round to be true) I wonder if a 200 pound man produces 2 tons of manure per year... If not, does this mean we should be eating more fiber?



I never knew vinyl was made from cows... I always assumed it was like some other "plastics" and was fabricated from petrochemicals. So, I have learned something today.
The article was written by a pack of very large cow dogs.
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Glad to see others are paying attention too. These two facts/inconsistencies caught my eye too.

Can't we just all appreciate and admire the beauty that is a cow without quibbling over the numbers?
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Y'all just totally didn't get it, did you?

Great thread, EH!
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