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   Tony Shepps  Wednesday Aug 15 10:58 AM

8/15: Livestock hit by lightning





More images from the NOAA lightning picture gallery.

Yesterday, too, there was a story about a Pennsylvania man who has been struck by lightning three times in the last five years. Which is weird because Pennsylvania doesn't really get that much lightning - Florida sees three times the number of thunderstorms that Pennsylvania (home of the Cellar) does.



dave  Wednesday Aug 15 01:54 PM

how exactly did this work? i'm assuming all the cows are dead. was there some conductive material touching all of them? were they all standing in a marsh area and the lightning hit the ground? i'm assuming they weren't all up against that electric fence there, so i wonder - what did the lightning actually hit?



jaguar  Wednesday Aug 15 05:36 PM

I assume lightening hit the fence



Slight  Wednesday Aug 15 07:26 PM

Sure lightning did it. How about massive alien cow tipping contest.

It also could have been a single shot from a Luger ala indiana jones and the quest for the holy grrraaaillllllah.




Degrees  Wednesday Aug 15 10:04 PM

I showed these pictures to a friend of mine who grew up out in the country. He said he has seen during bad weather, all the cows in a field would go to the fence and stick their heads through. Don't know why, but apparently they do.



dave  Thursday Aug 16 06:30 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by Degrees
I showed these pictures to a friend of mine who grew up out in the country. He said he has seen during bad weather, all the cows in a field would go to the fence and stick their heads through. Don't know why, but apparently they do.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

still weird though. wonder if that farmer's insurance covers lightning-struck cows....


zeolite  Thursday Aug 16 12:56 PM

Any insurance he had probably does not cover Acts of (an apparently bovine hating) God.

Living in cattle country, there are several reports like this each year. Strangely, the lightning tends to jump from one cow to the other via their horns, of all things. Cattle must have some kind of sense as far as electrical charges are concerned because I have seen them exhibit the "stick head through fence during storm" behaviour before. And I can tell you, cows do get nervous when there is thunderstorm activity in the area. It might be the noise or the barometric pressure. Whatever it is, they have a concerned look in those big, stupid eyes of theirs.



dynamo  Thursday Aug 16 02:22 PM

Maybe they get concerned because the day after every nasty storm, there are 30 dead cows by the fence



ndetroit  Friday Aug 17 04:15 PM

If they really do get concerned about lighting storms, and know (perhaps instinctually) that they can be zapped through their horns, perhaps they were simply all trying to touch the fences to ground themselves, in an attempt to avoid being on the end of a charge.....



elSicomoro  Friday Aug 17 11:47 PM

Why does this remind me of the episode of "South Park" where the cows are able to communicate with the aliens, then kill themselves?



Hubris Boy  Saturday Aug 18 01:17 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by dynamo
Maybe they get concerned because the day after every nasty storm, there are 30 dead cows by the fence
ROFL!

Dynamo understands that brevity is the soul of wit.


Doom2pro  Saturday Mar 15 10:29 AM

The reason all the cows died is because of this:

1: If you notice, you will see that the "Wires" that are made of metal, Do not actually touch the ground.

2: Cows do stick there head through the fence, because nature tells them to flee Thunderstorms.

3: Cows are moist, salty Objects (Salt with Water conducts electricty)

As you can see, The Cows are "Big Moist Objects", Touching the part of the fence that is made of Metal, witch is long.

So, The best possible way to tell what happned might be this:

The Lighting struck:

1: the Metal Part of the fence, real close to the cows
2: one of the Cows touching the Metal Part of the fence

Sence Lightning wants to get to the ground, one might rule out a Far away (Not near cows) strike to the Fence, because it would have hit the fence, and jumped straight to the ground before it hit anything.

However if it was close to the cows, it would have travled down the "Wires" Into the Cows "Moist and Salty" bodies, Through there Moist feet, Into the Ground, Going through the Heart of the cow on the way down, thus Killing the cow(s).

So One might say, something gave the the Lighting a Nice tasty Shortcut to the ground, Like a nice "Moist Salty Bovine" Connecting, A: The Wire, to B: the Ground.

Think of it like this, You got one big Huge Outlet & Wire, You Take one end of the Wire and Connect it to a Long Wire (Fence), you take the other end and connect it to a Big Metal Plate (Ground), you Place the Cows on the Metal Plate, make them All touch the Wire, and then you Plug the Wire in the Outlet, and...

Beef it's whats for Dinner.

Although, this could have happened another way... Perhaps the Fence was an Electric Fence? a Suicide Group? Or what if one of the local Rednects Bent over, and his Rear was Exposed, causing the Horrified cows to Charge the fence.

Who knows?



Elspode  Saturday Mar 15 11:05 AM

I note that, in the second, close-up picture, there appears to be a bird on the far right fence post, eyeing the scene. Sort of recalls Gary Larson's "When Crows Dream" cartoon, doesn't it?



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 15 07:27 PM

I would guess the static electricity the come with the storms makes their hair stand, up like it does on your arm or head. Maybe sticking their head through the fence drains off this uncomfortable charge.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Mar 15 07:31 PM

Pardon that last post. While editing the punctuation and some of the words got a little screwed up. Must have been passion.



Dark Chicken  Sunday Mar 16 02:04 AM

They didn't even need to be touching the fence, necessarily. The lightning strike occurs somewhere close to the cows. The current tries to go back to where the lightning strike originated, but can't go back straight up. It radiates out along the ground. A small fraction of the current will go into the cow, entering through one pair of hooves, and exiting out the other pair. This means that current will pass through the cow's heart. Side note: Never get on your hands and knees to present a smaller target for a lightning strike. While you are less likely to get hit by lightning directly, you are more likely to die. Just crouch or something.

Cows also like to gather around trees, with their heads facing towards the trees. When lightning hits the tree, as it is oft to do, not only will the trees be hit by parts of the tree, but they will be killed in the same fashion as I explained above. One would think that evolution would breed the stupid out of them.



Chewbaccus  Sunday Mar 16 07:56 AM

We've worked long and hard to keep a Cow World Order like that from taking place. If cows lost their stupidity, we would be in serious trouble.

Don't listen to me, listen to Troy McClure: "Don't kid yourself, Timmy. If a cow got the chance, he'd eat you and everyone you cared about."



Thadius  Sunday Mar 16 09:39 AM

Cattle mutilation

I remember a few years ago owning a copy of Super Space Invaders with Cattle Mutilation.

After defeating the Aliens from above it was your duty to defend the cows in the field.

This is the best picture I could find at the moment.



Bitmap  Monday Mar 17 03:20 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Dark Chicken
When lightning hits the tree, as it is oft to do, not only will the trees be hit by parts of the tree, ....
<br > I'm sorry Dark Chicken I know your new arround here.. but would you do us all a favor and preview your responces before posting... or even going back and correcting. If you don't see a problem with your engrish ingnore this post..


juju  Monday Mar 17 06:34 PM

Hey, I make mistakes like that all the time, and I've been here forever.



Bitmap  Monday Mar 17 11:40 PM

yea i know.. i just didnt' want all the other newbies to think that they can slack off just the same. Besides i NEVER make mistakes.








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slang  Monday Mar 17 11:55 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by juju
Hey, I make mistakes like that all the time, and I've been here forever.

Ets da kontent that mackes yer posts kool Juju!


Dark Chicken  Tuesday Mar 18 07:07 AM



I did preview and read over my draft. I was just excited that I actually knew the answer to something that it must have made sense that trees would violently attack other trees.



dave  Tuesday Mar 18 07:44 AM

Don't worry about him. Make fun of his frequent spelling errors instead.



Bitmap  Wednesday Mar 19 09:37 AM

Personaly i find this whole cow thing rather shocking.




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Leus  Wednesday Mar 19 10:26 AM

Funny comes from special cows.


(Source: Penny Arcade)



jaguar  Wednesday Mar 19 07:02 PM

Hell i'm the king of it! Leave him alone! Or i'll start posting long incoherent left wing rants...oh wait.....



slang  Wednesday Mar 19 07:21 PM

Hey Tony, what the hell did you do with Undertoad!!

Jag. You're developing a sesne of homur and I leik it.



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