November 7, 2007

I Can't Think Of A Headline To Surpass Reuters' Own

200 feet, 600 pounds, no injuries except the cow, of course. And the minivan. I think someone deserves a model & make mention.

Here we go, from the Detroit News: a 2006 Buick Terraza. They even have a photo:

buick_terraza_cow.jpg

Cow plunges off cliff onto moving minivan [reuters]

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Not 200 feet, but here's a deer that jumped off an overpass into an SUV:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/accident/durango.asp

This one was even closer to causing harm. To a human, I mean.

something is screwy with their numbers. In the reuters article:

"Middleton estimated the animal weighed 600 lbs (272 kilograms), or the average size of a mature cow."

maybe cows are a lot lighter in the pacific northwest, but when I was in 4-H here on the east coast, an average mature cow weighed between 1000 to 1200 pounds. Some steers could get up to 1800, and some bulls even higher.

if the cow actually weighed about 600 lbs, it had to be a young calf, I'd guess about 6-7 months old.

Or, more likely, the sherrif's deputy was pulling numbers out of thin air.

[they said it was a year-old heifer, so maybe it's underfed. also, reuters reporter didn't do 4-H in high school. -ed.]

ah, the detroit news link has more accurate info. they call it a baby calf, approximately a year old, and don't include the screwy quote from the deputy. That makes a lot more sense.

Heavy Heifer Hits Hood

More importantly, what kind of car seat was the cow wearing?

[wait, it'll be recalled five years from now. -ed.]

This one is a pretty good recent example too:
http://courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071029/NEWS01/71029029/1006/news01
Also, this would seem to validate the Saab Moose Test, where they slam a car at 60mph into a 900 pound moose dummy. (Google it)

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