According to Margo Lillie, a doctor of zoology from the University of British Columbia, and her student Tracy Boechler, cow tipping, "at least as popularly imagined, does not exist." Reportedly, the force required to make a sleeping cow tip over is far greater than that of your average drunk young man.
So why does the myth of cow tipping persist?
Part of this, of course, is that the closest many people come to a cow is seeing a Holstein along the interstate. Glimpsed at 65 miles per hour, it's possible to imagine a docile bovine easily overturned by a blacked-out college bro. Approach a cow on foot and you'll quickly realize how difficult the task of tipping would be. A 1,400-pound dairy heifer is a broad, squarely built animal -- there?s a reason the adjective "beefy" exists. You'd have more luck trying to tip over a Camry than a cow.
"Nate Wilson, 66, grew up around cows, began milking cows in 1970 and recently retired after selling his dairy farm in Sinclairville, New York. "I think I know a thing or two about cattle," he says. And for him, the whole notion of cow tipping is, to put it politely, bullcrap. "There's more cows that have been tipped in people's imaginations," says Wilson, "than in the real world."
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