Everything you know about cow tipping is a lie

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

It’s a classic ritual of American college life and a movie staple: drunken youths creeping up on an unsuspecting cow and pushing it over. But Jake Swearingen of Modernfarmer.com has proved with physics and YouTube that the phenomenon is a myth.

Metro: How sure are you that there is not a high school jock doing this right now?

Swearingen: Very sure. The idea that you can sneak up on a cow and shove it over, that does not happen. I’ve looked at police reports and arrest records, the physics and cow behavior. There may been an isolated instance at some point in history – after all, we built the pyramids – but it takes a lot of people, planning and science; for example, people kneeling behind the cow.

Are you worried your research will inspire more people to try?

I hope it’s clear how dangerous that would be, for the person and the cow. Lowering a cow is very complicated and it would hurt them to be pushed, and they would be very angry.

What does it say about humanity that we invented this phenomenon?

Most people from the rural community know it doesn’t exist, but people from suburban areas who have never seen a cow up close can have the misconception. I suppose it’s pretty offensive for them to believe it is what rural people do for entertainment.

You say that if it happened it would be on YouTube – but what if cow tippers are not capable of filming at the same time?

It’s a possibility that someone dumb enough to tip a cow is too dumb to operate a smartphone, but someone has managed to put all of the (other) most stupid and ridiculous things you can imagine on YouTube.

If cow tipping is a myth, what is the closest I can get?

There are various versions of rodeos, and “mutton busting” events where people wrestle sheep. But if people are really desperate to shove animals over, they need to think about finding a new pastime.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

National

Divers struggle in search for South Korean ferry…

By Jungmin Jang and Narae KimMOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds…

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.