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Cow Fighting Swiss Style
May 13, 2008 1:56 PM   Subscribe

For the 2nd year in a row Tina is crowned la Reine des Reines (link & video in french). Le Combat des Reines is an annual event in the Swiss canton of Valais dating back to 1922.

Limited to cows of the local Hérens breed, the battle consists of the 2 cows pushing each other (with blunted horns) until one backs off. Fights can last from a few seconds to 40 minutes.
posted by jontyjago (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
This cow would kick some ass!
posted by ColdChef at 2:04 PM on May 13, 2008


That's big goddamned cow, ColdChef.
posted by brundlefly at 2:17 PM on May 13, 2008


I think Chilli's willy disqualifies him from a cow contest.
posted by Pollomacho at 2:20 PM on May 13, 2008


I originally had something to say about the post, but now I'm left mostly speechless. That IS a big goddamned cow.
posted by Stunt at 2:24 PM on May 13, 2008


Oh, and from the huge fucking cow article:

"Despite his grand stature, Chilli only grazes on grass during the day and enjoys the occasional swede as a treat."

manwhat. Can someone explain to me what they are referring to when they say swede there? See, because my only frame of reference is either unhelpful or terrifying.

Also, the original post? It's like cow SUMO. Awesome.
posted by Stunt at 2:27 PM on May 13, 2008


Again, he's not a cow.
posted by Pollomacho at 2:27 PM on May 13, 2008


That's bull.
posted by Kabanos at 2:30 PM on May 13, 2008


Swede = Rutabaga. It's a UK name.
posted by Samizdata at 2:36 PM on May 13, 2008


Stunt - I believe you may know swede as rutabaga. And, sorry but Chili is a gormless looking fucker. Tina would destroy the lanky twat.
posted by jontyjago at 2:36 PM on May 13, 2008


Again, he's not a cow.

This led me to an entertaining discussion with my co-workers the other day: what is the singular of cattle? Specifically, when you don't know the gender of the animal you are referring to?

As they all stood there thinking about it, with their eyes turned to the heavens, I moved in and stole their lunches.

I never got an answer, but mmm, peanut butter and jelly... nom nom nom.
posted by quin at 2:37 PM on May 13, 2008


Is it bison or buffalo?
posted by fixedgear at 2:38 PM on May 13, 2008


Can someone explain to me what they are referring to when they say swede there

I beleave they are know as Rutabaga on the other side of the Atlantic (well that's what wikipedia tells me.) Though given the size of the thing I wouldn't put it pass them to have shoved the odd inhabitant of Sweden that may have been passing into its trough.

I saw it in the proper newspapers the other day but it really needs the tabloids for the multi pictures. It's like the size of a shire horse!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:41 PM on May 13, 2008


Stunt : that damned British English again. A swede is a rutabega, the same way a 'fag' is a cigarette, 'well chuffed' means you're pleased, and 'Boris Johnson' means 'Jim Traficant'.
posted by suckerpunch at 2:41 PM on May 13, 2008


dammit, must remember to preview!
posted by suckerpunch at 2:41 PM on May 13, 2008


Well then. Thanks to everyone who rushed to reassure me that huge bovines do not in fact devour scandinavians. I suppose a quick google search would have answered my question, but silly me thought that googling swede wouldn't be helpful.

In hindsight, my frantic attempt to convince a vegetarian friend that he had to start eating beef for the good of swedekind might have been premature.
posted by Stunt at 3:03 PM on May 13, 2008


That looks like the most beautiful place in the world to have a cow fight.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 3:24 PM on May 13, 2008


I respectfully request more photos of big cows.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:08 PM on May 13, 2008


"Metafilter - either unhelpful or terrifying."
posted by bonecrusher at 4:30 PM on May 13, 2008


They're bullocks, not cows in the video of the fight are they not? The Yi people of Sichuan and Yunnan and a few other scattered spots fight cattle in a similar style
posted by Abiezer at 6:14 PM on May 13, 2008


Oh, take it back...watched the one at the newspaper now and them's some swingin' udders. I suppose Tina should have been a bit of a gender clue too. Doh.
posted by Abiezer at 6:17 PM on May 13, 2008


Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo
posted by porpoise at 8:50 PM on May 13, 2008


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