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10 Famous Cows to Inspire You

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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.

7. Maudine Ormsby

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!

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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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11:52PM PST on Feb 15, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

3:53AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:57AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

A very moooving tribute!

10:42PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

cool article.

10:51AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thanks.

2:12AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

Thank you for this, I enjoyed it. Now, back to the grindstone!

9:15PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you.

7:17PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Never been too fond of Babe the Blue Ox because of his association with the glorification of logging. And the Wall Street Bull only inspires me to feel nauseous. There is far too much bull coming from Wall Street already.

6:18PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

don't forget Elsie!

4:36PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

I know I'm on a soap box here but come on. Cows, cows, cows. We have a terrible situation in Syria, North Korea's acting provocative, Ki Moon saying let's all calm down, Congress us doing it's usual whatever, the Republicans doing their usual, except they did manage in Conn to pass a bi-partiscian gun law that is pretty impressive, jwe are closer to an immigration reform bill ust to name a few things going oneand you dedicate Care2 Causes to Cows; at least I call 8 articles here and 3 more at Care 2 Healthy Living dedicated. Let's get a little serious here...we have work to do.

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