Uncommon Knowledge: Where did cow tipping begin?

Barnyard Buddies Baby Socks | UncommonGoodsCow tipping is a legendary form of rural recreation, where teenagers sneak out late at night to a farmer’s field to give sleeping cows a push, knocking them right off of their spindly little legs. Where did this sport begin? Most likely, it was in the imaginations of people who have never spent any time around actual cows. From the window of a car that’s driving past a farm, cows look ridiculously top-heavy and easy to tip, but the facts undermine this first impression. For one thing, it’s almost impossible to sneak up on one, even at night. Cows work together to protect their herd, with each facing a different direction to be on alert against predators from any side. Secondly, cows weigh a lot and have a surprisingly low center of gravity. Add to that the fact that a cow would shift its weight against anyone trying to push it, and tipping one over becomes humanly impossible. And last but not least, cows don’t sleep standing up. Those who first thought of the idea may have mistakenly been thinking of the sleeping habits of horses.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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