Urban Activity of Cow Tipping-Fiction!
The most commonly told cow
tipping story involves a group of college students who got drunk
one night, went out to a cow pasture, and teamed up to topple
sleeping cows by sneaking up on them and giving them a surprise
push. The story is usually told as documentation of the fact
that cow tipping really exists. There are also people who
swear that cow tipping was a form of recreation on their farm or
in their community, although they never personally participated in
Cow tipping is the kind of topic that comes up when there isn't
much else to talk about. When it does, there is
frequently dispute between those who believe cow tipping is real
and has happened, and those who say it's nonsense.
The folks at TruthOrFiction.com have been looking into cow tipping
since the first time it was brought to our attention in the early
1980's. Although there is occasionally someone who swears to
have participated in it or seen it, we have not found any credible
evidence that it exists.
Further, the cow experts we've checked with say that although it's
possible that somebody somewhere has toppled a cow, especially a
young one, the logistics of cow tipping argue against it being a
routine occurrence. Adult cows weigh several hundred pounds
and are built low to the ground. They have a low center of
gravity. Pushing one of them over would take a lot of muscle
power. That's if you could get near enough to pull it
Rich Buhler, the founder of TruthOrFiction.com, is from cattle
country in Arizona and says that even though cows have the
reputation of being slow, they are actually very aware and very
smart and and that it would be tough for someone to sneak up on
one, especially at night. He also says that cows do not
sleep standing up.
Sara Brantmeier, editor of America's largest dairy industry
magazine, told the Charleston Gazette in June, 2001, that cow
tipping is a myth and the whole idea is stupid, but
humorous. TruthOrFiction.com contacted her and she confirmed
that cows do not sleep while standing up and she's never known of
any authentic cow tipping.