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sandypossum 03-26-2009 06:31 PM

March 27, 2009: Cows in Boats
 
http://cellar.org/2009/giethoorn cows in boot.jpg

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 03-26-2009 07:52 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 03-26-2009 08:48 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 03-26-2009 11:07 PM

Good one sandy, thanks. :thumb2:

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? :eek3:

Shawnee123 03-26-2009 11:09 PM

I want a boatful of cows!

ZenGum 03-26-2009 11:10 PM

That reminds me of the Isle of Mann Ferry.


(It steams and comes out of Cowes)

monster 03-26-2009 11:13 PM

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

xoxoxoBruce 03-26-2009 11:15 PM

Chopsticks disguised as oars?

monster 03-26-2009 11:26 PM

could be...

spudcon 03-27-2009 03:02 AM

Do they have a poop deck?

SPUCK 03-27-2009 04:36 AM

They are being taken to feed the alien overlords.

Rossini 03-27-2009 05:15 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 03-27-2009 06:34 AM

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

DanaC 03-27-2009 06:51 AM

I misread this thread as Cows in Boots.

I am disappointed.

Scriveyn 03-27-2009 07:02 AM

the milk float is coming

TheMercenary 03-27-2009 08:40 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 03-27-2009 09:03 AM

We could milk this 'til the cows come home.

dar512 03-27-2009 09:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spudcon (Post 549923)
Do they have a poop deck?

:biglaugha

xoxoxoBruce 03-27-2009 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rossini (Post 549932)
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. :D

xoxoxoBruce 03-27-2009 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheMercenary (Post 549994)
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 03-27-2009 11:57 AM

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 03-27-2009 01:08 PM

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

TheMercenary 03-27-2009 01:15 PM

Or monkeys. Wait, we already did that.

dar512 03-27-2009 03:08 PM

Pigs in space was already done too.


Shawnee123 03-27-2009 03:11 PM

ORLY? ;)

Gravdigr 03-27-2009 03:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 550061)
They should replace all those light bulbs, along each shore, with LEDs to save juice.

Bet it's beautiful at night...

glatt 03-27-2009 03:27 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 03-27-2009 07:27 PM

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

sandypossum 03-27-2009 07:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glatt (Post 550223)
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 03-27-2009 08:16 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 03-28-2009 12:19 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. :haha:

Crimson Ghost 03-28-2009 01:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanaC (Post 549942)
I misread this thread as Cows in Boots.

I am disappointed.

You ain't the only one....

Gravdigr 03-28-2009 03:48 PM

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

Elspode 03-28-2009 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rossini (Post 549932)
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 03-28-2009 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Crimson Ghost (Post 550328)
You ain't the only one....

Voila! Cows in boots!

sandypossum 03-28-2009 07:47 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:
http://www.fmft.net/wheelie%20bin.jpg

xoxoxoBruce 03-28-2009 08:49 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. :haha:

monster 03-28-2009 10:21 PM


Crimson Ghost 03-28-2009 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elspode (Post 550509)
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 03-29-2009 12:17 AM

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

sandypossum 03-29-2009 06:17 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 03-29-2009 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sandypossum (Post 550655)
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 03-29-2009 03:35 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 03-29-2009 05:44 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 03-29-2009 06:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sullage (Post 550792)
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. :thumb:

Gravdigr 03-29-2009 06:27 PM

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


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

Queen of the Ryche 03-30-2009 04:20 PM

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

ZenGum 03-30-2009 06:13 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 03-30-2009 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 550601)
hipshot linked "Cows with Guns" in post #28.

So ban me :rolleyes:


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 03-30-2009 10:56 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 03-31-2009 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by ZenGum (Post 551260)
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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