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Cows and politics

We paid a visit to our local IKEA store this afternoon to purchase some new bedding items for the boys. While in the children’s department, I saw this cute floor rug, with a tractor, a barn, and of course, cows.

IKEA farm rug with cows

IKEA farm rug with cows

For today’s post, I also wanted to share with you a very funny joke I found on another blog. I want to thank Tilly Bud @ The Laughing Housewife for letting me repost it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! This is what happens when humor meets reality.

Cows & Politics Explained

A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT:  You have two cows.  You keep one and give one to your neighbour.

A SOCIALIST:  You have two cows.  The government takes one and gives it to your neighbour.

AN AMERICAN REPUBLICAN/BRITISH CONSERVATIVE:  You have two cows. Your neighbour has none. So what?

AN AMERICAN DEMOCRAT/BRITISH LABOUR:  You have two cows.  Your neighbour has none.  You feel guilty for being successful.  You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax.  The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbour. You feel righteous.

A COMMUNIST:  You have two cows.  The government seizes both and provides you with milk.

A FASCIST:  You have two cows.  The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE:  You have two cows.  You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE:  You have two cows.  The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.  You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them world-wide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

A BRITISH CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  They are mad.  They die. Pass the cottage pie, please.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You break for lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows.  You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION:  You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge others for storing them.

A BRAZILIAN CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You enter into a partnership with an American corporation.  Soon you have 1000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.

A CHINESE CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the journalist who reported on them.

AN ARKANSAS/NORFOLK CORPORATION:  You have two cows.  That one on the left is kinda cute.

Get ready for a little bovine humor

My most memorable cows (yes, cows, not cow) of the day appeared in another episode of Curious George tonight. Have you noticed we’re stuck in a Curious George trend? I’ll admit I don’t mind it so much. The episodes are actually well done for preschoolers and I like the real-life applications featuring real kids at the end of each episode.

Tonight’s Curious George’s episode featured a baby opossum and at least a dozen cows frantically running around the barn at night. I didn’t see how this mess started but the numerous moos are what made me look at the screen. When I saw the multiple cows running across the screen, I thought I was suffering from vision problems. I’m better now that the episode is over, thanks.

Rather than showing you these crazy cows, let me share a little bovine humor today. I’ve been looking at funny cow images for inspiration to start a children’s book. While doing my research, I ran into some pretty fun cow cartoons and I hope you’ll appreciate them too. Enjoy the funny cow sighting overload!

My favorite cartoon has to be Star Wars. What about you?

Funny cow cartoon - milk movie

Funny cow cartoon - milk movie

Funny cow cartoon - Star Wars

Funny cow cartoon - Star Wars

Funny cow cartoon - cow philosophy

Funny cow cartoon - cow philosophy

My daily cow, brought to me by…

Mama, I have something to show you! This is how my youngest welcomed me when I picked him up at preschool today. He handed me a children’s book to look at. As soon as I saw the cover, I blurted out: Wait, I know this book!

What is that" said the cat book

What is that" said the cat book

I borrowed this book from the library over a year ago and it reminded me I should get it again. Since it is meant for early readers, my oldest will be able to read it by himself. But let me go back to today’s story.

So my youngest started flipping through the pages of the book. He looked as if he was looking for a specific page since he wasn’t interested in having me read the book to him. And then he stopped, pointing at a page, and said:

The cow in What is said? said the cat book

The cow in What is said? said the cat book

Well, thank you, my child! I’m not sure this is how my daily cow sighting experiment is supposed to go, but my son made me laugh so hard, I thought I’d share this cow with you. It looks pretty cute too, and when was the last time you saw a dog on a cow’s back?

Today’s cow wins the amazing maze race with Curious George

Well, I warned you about this yesterday but I really didn’t think I’d be featuring this cow on today’s post. The first thing that came out of my kids’ mouths tonight was, Mama, we want to watch Curious George and the maze race!

So I got to watch Curious George’s episode called “The Amazing Maze Race” with them and that’s where I saw Leslie the cow. Curious George and the man in the yellow hat decide to take part in a maze race with a number of other contestants. Leslie the cow is grazing in a field next to the maze when she apparently realizes her life is quite boring and she could use a little excitement. So she makes her way into the corn maze:

For whatever insane reason, that darn cow also decides grass isn’t good enough and she needs a change of diet. So she gobbles up George’s maze map. And I thought cows were nice…

I’ll admit, this cow finds redemption as she walks away and George and the man in the yellow hat decide to follow her. Clearly cows have a great sense of direction because Leslie is the first one to make her way out of the maze!

Thanks to her, George and his owner show up right behind her, and since they were officially enrolled in the contest and the cow wasn’t, they end up winning first prize. Who said cows weren’t nice?

Congratulations, George, you win the golden cob! Now that’s something to be proud of.

The Cow Parade Austin 2011 is on!

Cow Parade Austin 2011I saw quite a lot of cows today, including one in a PBS episode of Curious George on DVD at dinner time. I have a feeling I’ll get to see the same episode again tomorrow (we all know how much kids love repetition) so you’ve be warned!

Instead of showing you my cow sightings for today, I’d like to use today’s post to feature a super cool event starting tomorrow. It’s the COW PARADE in Austin, TX!

Cow Parade Austin 2011

Cow Parade Austin 2011

 The exhibit consists of 100 cows painted by local artists and put on display throughout the city of Austin, mostly downtown. More cows will be added to the exhibit in August 2011 (I think the organization is still selecting the lucky winning artists). Here’s a sneak peek of the Cow Parade exhibit.

Check out this Cow-maro! Doesn’t it make you want to go there and see them all?

Cow-maro sculpture at the Cow Parade in Austin, TX 2011

Cow-maro sculpture at the Cow Parade in Austin, TX 2011

While browsing the event’s website, I found out the Cow Parade organization also sponsors the creation of “Mini Moos” and “Micro Moos”. Children of most ages are encouraged to create their own cow sculptures, which will be auctioned off. What a great idea to spread exposure to the arts to kids!

If you’re located not too far from Austin, TX, you have until December to view the Cow Parade, with most cows staying on display until the end. And if you’re not, you may have better luck next year when the Cow Parade visits North Carolina (darn it, still too far from me). Somebody please ask them to mooooove this parade to California already!