1. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was blamed on a cow.
It was thought that Mrs O’Leary’s cow kicked the lamp that started it all. Mrs O’Leary and her cow were exonerated in 1997.
2. The phrase ‘til the cows come home’ came about as a result of the bovine beauties languid pace.
It’s thought to have originated in Scotland pre-1929 when it was used in The Times.
3. Cows can run faster than horses in boggy terrain.
Their cloven hooves allow their toes to spread so they don’t sink so deep as the solid-hoofed horse.
4. The first cow to fly was called Elm Farm Ollie in 1930.
She was flown as part of the International Air Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. She was also the first cow to be milked in the air.
5. The world record for the heaviest bull was 1,740kg (3,836lb)
He was a Chianina breed called Donetto and was exhibited in Italy in 1955.
6. It takes about 350 squirts to make a gallon of milk.
That’s a lot of milkshakes. Stay optimistic.
7. Farmers used to only milk about 6 cows per hour.
Milking machines were invented in 1894 and farmers can now milk 100 cows each hour.
8. Milk is best to cool your mouth when eating spicy food.
Milk contains Casein, which cleanses burning taste buds.
9. Pauline Wayne was the last Presidential cow.
Although this one seems to be auditioning for the part with Mr Obama… William Howard Taft, 27th President of the USA, kept Pauline on the lawn to provide milk for him and his family.
10. They’re so endearingly nosey*.
Gloriously so! Look at that curious little face. ‘Hi Human, whatcha doing?’
*may not strictly be true, but just look at that nose.
Much information gathered from the divinely bovine Illustrated Guide to Cows by Celia Lewis OUT NOW