Keosauqua, Iowa -- 1998
From 'The Des Moines Register' March 16,1998 front page article. Heifers caught jaywalking face jail time. It seems cows
have been wandering onto the highways creating a traffic hazard and local officials needed to take drastic action. The offending
cows get put away at a cost of 25 dollars per day for stall and hay.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia -- 1997
From the Cambodia Daily, by way of Rueters.
"The English have 11 million mad cows and Cambodia has roughly the same number of equally mad land mines. Surely the solution
to Cambodia's mine problem is here before our very eyes in black and white.... The plan is simple, practical, and will make
mince-meat of the problem overnight." Hopefully, this story is in jest - Only milk stools should have three legs.
Kfar Hasidim, Israel -- 1997
The first red cow was born in the Holy Land in more than 2,000 years. Some believe that the cow, named Melody, foreshadows
the return of the Messiah. Closer examination of the cow has also discovered a few white and black hairs. Just a false warning
Hockley Heath, West Midlands England -- 1996
Harry Goode has taken to selling advertising space on his cows. The cows wear coats printed with commercial logos. Their
wearable billboards are seen by thousands of passerbys since the cow's pasture is located along a major motorway. Hopefully
for all the cows trouble, they get some fresh hay at night; as for the farmer, he gets about 300 £ a week from the advertisers.
Croatian cow kills famer
Zagreb, Croatia - 1997
From the Associated press. During an earth tremor, a frightened cow knocked down and stepped on the farmer that was milking
her. The farmer died.
Moscow, Russia -- April 1997
A synopsis of the story goes that the rescued crew of a Japanese fishing boat claimed a cow fell out of the sky and sank
The cow supposedly was being rustled by a Russian military plane. In this act of airborne cattle rustling, the cow became
restless and endangered the stability of the plane. To save the plane the airmen shoved the cow out through the rear cargo
hatch just as they were flying above the boat.
The story seems to have started as an internal joke of the German embassy. This new urban legend then somehow found its
way to a german newspaper and onto the internet. Russian officials deny the story. (from Reuters and Minerva newsreel)