Myths

Tipping A Cow Would Be Way Harder Than You Think

It's a popular tale of teenage tomfoolery: cow tipping. But the science behind what it would take to tip a cow suggests cow tipping is almost totally impossible. Why is it so difficult? First of all, cows don't sleep standing up. So to tip a cow, you would need to approach one that is awake and standing. The 1,400-pound animal certainly wouldn't be patient enough to stand still and wait for you to try to push it over. In theory, two people might be able to tip a cow, but the circumstances under which that would be possible would probably never exist. The animal would respond by pushing back into you, while also widening its stance to create a sturdier base. The myth became something of a pop culture phenomena after the supposed past-time was mentioned in movies such as "Heathers" and "Tommy Boy."

Written by Curiosity Staff June 8, 2016

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