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   sandypossum  Thursday Mar 26 07:31 PM

March 27, 2009: Cows in Boats



No, not photoshopped, and (apparently) you can still see this happen at the right time of year. I bought this postcard in Giethoorn, a village in the Netherlands. In the old part of the village there are no roads, and all transport is by water. These cows are being taken from their winter barn to the summer fields, and the only way to get there is by boat. I can't imagine what it must be like trying to get a cow on the boat for the first time... but these cows look pretty cool with it.



Undertoad  Thursday Mar 26 08:52 PM

(sandy, separately, images don't show up in iotd blog view if they are attachments. Until a moderator notices and puts them into the cellar image hosting.)



monster  Thursday Mar 26 09:48 PM

cool, sandy, thanks. I suspect they coat the boat with superglue immediately prior to loading the cows.

OK, so we've got the meat and the liquid, all we need are a few veggies for a nice stew..... or it the guy in the hat about to skewer them all with that pole and make a delicious kebab fit for a giant?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 27 12:07 AM

Good one sandy, thanks.

Cows, like most critters, will follow their food anywhere. Notice their all chowing down. However, I imagine the first trip or two with a calf or young heifer could be much more exciting.


Hey, you don't suppose they're bait, do you?



Shawnee123  Friday Mar 27 12:09 AM

I want a boatful of cows!



ZenGum  Friday Mar 27 12:10 AM

That reminds me of the Isle of Mann Ferry.


(It steams and comes out of Cowes)



monster  Friday Mar 27 12:13 AM

They are a little reminiscent of sushi, but i'm too tired to photoshop the chopsticks.....



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 27 12:15 AM

Chopsticks disguised as oars?



monster  Friday Mar 27 12:26 AM

could be...



spudcon  Friday Mar 27 04:02 AM

Do they have a poop deck?



SPUCK  Friday Mar 27 05:36 AM

They are being taken to feed the alien overlords.



Rossini  Friday Mar 27 06:15 AM

One of the weirdest things I ever saw was a boat full of sheep. No idea where they were taking them, but most of them jumped out and swam after it! I didn't know sheep could swim... where do they learn



Sheldonrs  Friday Mar 27 07:34 AM

When those cows come home, Mom is gonna tan their hides for taking the boat.



DanaC  Friday Mar 27 07:51 AM

I misread this thread as Cows in Boots.

I am disappointed.



Scriveyn  Friday Mar 27 08:02 AM

the milk float is coming



TheMercenary  Friday Mar 27 09:40 AM

It looks like they tied all their tails to their back legs. Can't have cows tipping the boats. Even though many of them may have been tipped themselves.



monster  Friday Mar 27 10:03 AM

We could milk this 'til the cows come home.



dar512  Friday Mar 27 10:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Do they have a poop deck?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 27 11:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossini View Post
One of the weirdest things I ever saw was a boat full of sheep. No idea where they were taking them, but most of them jumped out and swam after it! I didn't know sheep could swim... where do they learn
Why Sheepshead Bay, of course.
Welcome to the Cellar Rossini.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Mar 27 11:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMercenary View Post
It looks like they tied all their tails to their back legs.
I don't see that??

They should replace all those light bulbs, along each shore, with LEDs to save juice.


TheMercenary  Friday Mar 27 12:57 PM

Ever see a cow that did not have it's tail out? They move non-stop. Maybe the docked their tails before leaving shore.



Shawnee123  Friday Mar 27 02:08 PM

Next thing you know there'll be Pigs in Space.



TheMercenary  Friday Mar 27 02:15 PM

Or monkeys. Wait, we already did that.



dar512  Friday Mar 27 04:08 PM

Pigs in space was already done too.




Shawnee123  Friday Mar 27 04:11 PM

ORLY?



Gravdigr  Friday Mar 27 04:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
They should replace all those light bulbs, along each shore, with LEDs to save juice.
Bet it's beautiful at night...


glatt  Friday Mar 27 04:27 PM

I checked it out on Google Earth, and it really is served mostly only by canals. There are roads that will take you to large parking lots within walking distance of the village, but the canals attached to a nearby lake are what go right up to each property. Pretty cool.



hipshot  Friday Mar 27 08:27 PM

Could they be marines? This could be the start of an invasion...



sandypossum  Friday Mar 27 08:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I checked it out on Google Earth, and it really is served mostly only by canals. There are roads that will take you to large parking lots within walking distance of the village, but the canals attached to a nearby lake are what go right up to each property. Pretty cool.
We went to Giethoorn a few times while we lived in the Netherlands. It's a popular day trip for the Dutch. You can hire little electric motor driven boats - they were called "whisper boats" as I recall, because they were almost silent. Clever Dutchies: no pollution from engines, no noise pollution in the cutesy village, and they only went at a leisurely speed, so no waves or hooning. You could also hire row boats. There is a lake on the edge of the village, and you could go out into that as well, and in the middle was an island with a cafe on it.

The Dutch are obsessive about cycling, so the village has cycle paths nowadays, but no cars. Makes for a pleasant and serene day out.


sandypossum  Friday Mar 27 09:16 PM

Incidentally, there is a similar roadless region in Germany, the Spreewald, about 100km east of Berlin. It's in the ex GDR, and was popular as a tourist spot for East Germans. I lived in Berlin for 5 years, and this is now a popular day or weekend trip from there. It is a much bigger area than Giethoorn, and has a canal network of hundreds of km. The Spreewald is the home to the only officially recognised ethnic minority in Germany (the Sorbs/Wends - a Slavish people) with their own language (the second official language of Germany, Sorbish).

When you hire a kayak (as one does there) you get a "road map" of the canals, which is signposted at intersections just as roads are. We saw locals going about on boats (motor boats), as well as postmen on boats, a police speedboat, and wheelie bins being collected by boat. There are locks (local lads run them for tips, or some you do yourself) and cafes and even otters (but we didn't see any).

Last time I went there was in 1999. I was pleased to see East German business habits lived on here! The only place to rent a boat was in the campground. You rented by the day, and you had to have the boat back by 6pm. As it was summer, of course everyone made the most of their rental, and everyone returned at 6pm. The only takeaway food joint in town was also at the campground (same place that rented out the boats) and - guess what? - the food joint also closed at 6pm! We tried to get into a restaurant, but there were only 2 and they were both full already, and there were no other shops open where we could buy food. Es lebe die DDR!



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 28 01:19 AM

That 6 pm deadline sounds like a pain in the butt in the summer when it doesn't get dark until late. maybe it was to shoo the tourists out so the locals could enjoy their summer evenings.



Crimson Ghost  Saturday Mar 28 02:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
I misread this thread as Cows in Boots.

I am disappointed.
You ain't the only one....


Gravdigr  Saturday Mar 28 04:48 PM

@ Sandypossum: I'm a stoopid Merkin...What is 'hooning', and what are 'wheelie bins'?



Elspode  Saturday Mar 28 08:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossini View Post
One of the weirdest things I ever saw was a boat full of sheep. No idea where they were taking them, but most of them jumped out and swam after it! I didn't know sheep could swim... where do they learn
In a naaaaatatorium?


Elspode  Saturday Mar 28 08:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Crimson Ghost View Post
You ain't the only one....
Voila! Cows in boots!


sandypossum  Saturday Mar 28 08:47 PM

@ Gravdigr:

I thought hooning was a Merkin term! It's, um, you know, driving fast and dangerously just for the fun of it.

And this is a wheelie bin:



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 28 09:49 PM

I'd never heard the term hooning. Wikipedia says Hoon is an Australian/New Zealand term for what you described, and Hoon in the Urban Dictionary is the same but sounds like it was written by foreigners, using kilometers and car models not sold here.
Oh, and Hooning in the urban dictionary is screwing, like half the other word there.



monster  Saturday Mar 28 11:21 PM




Crimson Ghost  Saturday Mar 28 11:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
Voila! Cows in boots!
Well.

Would you look at that.

But, it's not like it's a cow on a roof of a cotton-house....


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 29 01:17 AM

hipshot linked "Cows with Guns" in post #28.



sandypossum  Sunday Mar 29 07:17 AM

So out of interest, what are the Merkin terms for wheelie bin and for hoon? I'm assuming you have both of them there.



wolf  Sunday Mar 29 11:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sandypossum View Post
So out of interest, what are the Merkin terms for wheelie bin and for hoon? I'm assuming you have both of them there.
"Trash Can" and "Driving around aimlessly."


sullage  Sunday Mar 29 04:35 PM

the cows with guns video reminded me of an old flash video from five years ago: "I'm a cow"

moderately funny, imo.



sandypossum  Sunday Mar 29 06:44 PM

@ wolf
nah, trash can is a generic term, and our equivalent is "rubbish bin". Wheelie bins are specifically the ones in the photo.

I drive aimlessly when I can't remember where I was going (hey, it happens) but I'm not hooning. Hooning needs dangerous speeds and typically involves squealing tyres and burning rubber.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 29 07:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sullage View Post
the cows with guns video reminded me of an old flash video from five years ago: "I'm a cow"

moderately funny, imo.
No moderately, just funny. I haven't seen that for years and had forgotten about it. Thanks.


Gravdigr  Sunday Mar 29 07:27 PM

Hooning...Guilty. Wheelie bins...Makes sense -- now.


Oh, and MOO-OOO, I'm a cow.



Queen of the Ryche  Monday Mar 30 05:20 PM

So now who has the photoshop skills for cows hooning in wheelie bins?



ZenGum  Monday Mar 30 07:13 PM

Well, here are some New Zealanders hooning in a wheelie bin. (Sad story, they sledded down the steepest street in the world, and one of them died).



monster  Monday Mar 30 10:24 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
hipshot linked "Cows with Guns" in post #28.
So ban me


I'm not clicking on links posted by newbs/posters I don't know when my kids around. If you use the youtube tags, you can see what you're getting. Go pick on someone else.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 30 11:56 PM

OK, roll-on or stick? :p
That's the way to make hipshot feel welcome, nice going.
I didn't chastise you for posting the video. I was trying to acknowledge hiphot's contribution and not make him/her feel like he/she was being ignored.

If I pick on you you will definitely know it, but until I do, there is no need to be a cunt.



glatt  Tuesday Mar 31 09:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Well, here are some New Zealanders hooning in a wheelie bin. (Sad story, they sledded down the steepest street in the world, and one of them died).
I've been on that street. It's fucking steep. I was scared in the car.


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