6. The Stars of CowParade
When it comes to public art, cows think big. CowParade is a project of international scope with scores of participating cities (and copycow projects). Each participant receives a cow sculpture that is decorated by an artist, displayed for a set period of time and then sold to benefit a charitable cause. Keepsakes in a more modest size are available for those who want a little piece of the parade for their own pastures.
Maudine Ormsby was elected Homecoming Queen at Ohio State University in 1926 despite not being enrolled as a student, thanks to irregularities in the election process. The most irregular situation about the election, though, was the identity of the winner: Maudine was a cow. And yes, she was crowned and attended the homecoming parade, although she declined to step out for the dance; instead, runnerup Rosalind Morrison Snapp hoofed it on the dance floor.
8. Hi Cow
This steer is a friendly and gracious host to anyone who pops by his pasture, but that’s not what saved him from the freezer. Instead, it’s the startling and distinctive marking on his side, which clearly reads “hi.” With a sign like that, it’s easy to argue a clear case for mercy.
9. The Cow That Jumped Over the Moon
One of the most famous cows in history sadly has no name; in “Hey Diddle Diddle,” a rhyme from Mother Goose, this cow jumps over the moon, no mean feat. Along with the other characters in this classic nursery rhyme, the cow may have no name, but she’s still embedded in the minds of millions of English-speaking children who heard all about her in their formative years.
10. Pauline Wayne
Think a White House vegetable garden is impressive? Many prior residents of the White House also maintained some livestock on the premises, like Pauline Wayne, who supplied President Taft with milk from 1910-1913 when previous First Cow Mooley Wooly wasn’t up to the task anymore. Pauline was allowed to freely roam the White House grounds and became a common sight and press favorite; notably, she was the last official White House cow, although we think that tradition should be revived!
What’s with all the cow content? One wily Care2 member, Bessie the Holstein, decided cows were underrepresented and started a petition. She officially staged a successful takeover of our offices, and has redubbed us “CareMoo.”
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