The Desi Cow – Almost Extinct
"The idea of the cow, of course, is also emotively charged because of its mythical place in Hindu iconography, religion and culture: it is quite literally worshipped as goddess Kamdhenu
: the cow of plenty
... Again, this veneration is founded in hard pragmatics. Traditionally, India has been home to some of the most varied stock of cows in the world: the red-skinned Sahiwal that milks through droughts, the mighty Amrit Mahal with swords for horns or the tiny Vechur that stands no taller than a dog."
posted by dhruva
on Jan 27, 2013 -
Oh, my. These cows
are ready to do the Charleston (with some practice, perhaps). These curious cows
are only mildly skittish and love to exercise.
Some light fun for a Saturday afternoon.
posted by glaucon
on Sep 17, 2011 -
Charitable Thoughts About Bedbugs
from the new standard for random web infographic funnies, Lunchbreath
. Since his last appearance here
, LB has also offered useful lifestyle advice about Craigslisting
, Home Security
, Maslow's Hierarchy
, Designer Portfolios
, as well as less practical content about Business Lumberjacks
, Underachieving AT-ATs
, Cow Stomachs
and Moose Lips
But if you prefer a daily format that resembles a conventional comic strip but contains 3-to-5 times the punchlines, may I recommend Bug
, which has recently covered Snappy Comebacks
, Home Security
(yes, related to Lunchbreath's piece), Looting
(also semi-related) and Graverobbing
OR if you just want some single-panel pop-culture in a distinctive style, say Hello With Cheese
. Now you can't tell me webcomics are totally boring for at least two weeks.
posted by oneswellfoop
on Dec 10, 2010 -
Cow Clicker is a Facebook game about Facebook games. It's partly a satire, and partly a playable theory of today's social games, and partly an earnest example of that genre. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Jul 22, 2010 -
BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries
you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés
, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris
, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane
, the importance of cows
, novelist Chinua Achebe
, financial risk management
, Obama as an intellectual
, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash
and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast
, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
posted by Kattullus
on May 8, 2010 -
This year's winners of the Ig Nobel prizes are a bumper crop of wild and crazy SCIENCE!,
featuring sword-swallowing, knuckle-cracking, benefits of cow-naming
, pregnant women NOT tipping over
, a household use for giant panda poop
(take that, Packham
), diamonds made from tequila
, a brassiere that can be used as TWO gas masks
, "Ireland's Worst Driver"
, Icelandic banks, Zimbabwean currency, and a 'Peace Prize' earned by hitting people over the heads with beer bottles (and comparing the effects of empty vs. full bottles
) (related inquiry
posted by wendell
on Oct 2, 2009 -
Oh cow, oh cow, what are you thinking? Should I leave the gate open?
Are you content? Would you be happy?
Do you yearn? Would you turn feral?
Do you want freedom? Oh cow
Greener pastures? Moo cow
A bull? Run free cow The Online Dairy Ode Contest
was a light-hearted, web-based, sister competition to the James McIntyre Poetry Contest
. It was held at irregular intervals from 2001 to 2005. The only criterion for entry was that the poems had to be Dairy Odes; ie about dairy products, cows, or dairying.
posted by carsonb
on Jun 16, 2009 -
Where does recalled beef go?
Last month, the largest beef recall in U.S. history (143 million pounds) occured after the Humane Society released footage of sick cows at a meat processing plant in California. Before it was recalled, most of the beef had already been sent to school lunch programs and other public nutrition programs.
posted by amyms
on Mar 3, 2008 -
Livestock's Long Shadow
, a new UN FAO report (full report
) says livestock (cows, pig, sheep, etc.) generate more CO2 than all forms of transportation (cars, planes, etc) combined, with the worlds live stock expected to double by 2050.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 11, 2006 -
Along with activities like chomping grass, flicking flies, mooing and hanging out at the watering hole, the cow-cams capture such fun-loving antics as stealing snacks from the human production crew to roaming the fields in search of the best siesta spot. With spring in the air, alert viewers may catch a glimpse of cattle locking horns in the heat of pixilated romance. Press Release Here
posted by thisisdrew
on Apr 20, 2006 -
It's not the other white meat, but it seems cows have yet another use
"That's some good shit
, man (in my very best Tommy Chong!)
posted by LouReedsSon
on Jan 24, 2005 -
Visitors to the current Illinois State Fair
have the opportunity to see an American classic, the Butter Cow. This year's cow was sculpted over two days by Nancy Wise
. You can watch the construction or live shots of its admiring public at the Butter Cow Cam
. [more inside]
posted by Songdog
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Betting on Mini-Cows
"ROCKWELL, Iowa -- Dustin Pillard is betting his farm on compact cows...Pillard has 50 tiny cows on his northern Iowa farm" MEANWHILE..."In a May dispatch from Cuba, the Wall Street Journal reported that Fidel Castro proposed in 1987 to alleviate a chronic milk shortage by trying to get his scientists to clone the most productive cows, shrunk to the size of dogs so that each family could keep one inside it's apartment. The cows would feed on grass grown inside under fluorescent lights." Now I'd like a mini-polar bear, please, and a mini-elephant, while you're at it...
posted by troutfishing
on Dec 28, 2002 -
Thanks for the cattle!
As a follow up to This Thread
, This site
was inspired by the New York Times article
about the Masai village in southern Kenya who donated 14 head of cattle to the US in sorrow over the 9/11 attacks. This is a place where you can say "thanks" to the villagers who made the donation.
"There are three cherished things that a Masai can offer as a gift -- a child, a plot of land and a cow, which is far more than a source of meat and milk to a Masai.
posted by Blake
on Jun 4, 2002 -
Finally, some genetic modification I can sink my teeth into!
Wired reports this morning that an Australian researcher has identified the genetic characteristics for "tenderness" and "toughness" in cow muscle tissue. Aussie cattle ranchers are already gearing up to produce animals that result in more tender, juicier beef. I'm drooling already.
posted by briank
on Aug 22, 2001 -