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Cow Tipping, Peeing on Electric Fences and Hearing the Corn Grow

Cow Tipping, Peeing on Electric Fences and Hearing the Corn Grow

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Urban Legends, Facts, and Thoughts about Farm Country
Urban Legends, Facts, and Thoughts about Farm Country

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Cow Tipping, Peeing on ElectricFences and Hearing the Corn Grow
URBAN LEGENDS, FACTS, AND THOUGHTS ABOUTFARM COUNTRY
 by PhantomimicAll rights reserved © RAGG
 
I have been fortunate that my wife comes from a farming family and thatmany of her relatives are still in the farm business. As a result of this over the years I have been able to do some rather interesting things that assomeone from the city I would have otherwise not done. I have gone icefishing in sub-zero weather, drinking homemade liquor to keep warm. I havegone fishing in the summer while floating downriver in a canoe drinking beer. I have been to state fairs and seen up close huge prize winningspecimens of hogs and cattle as well as square dancing tractors, and I have played cow pie bingo. I was invited to go hunting but could not bring myself to heed the 3 AM wake up call. However, I did participate in the butcheringof a deer and in the making of the so called "Bambi burgers". I've ridden incombines, gotten lost in cornfields with 6 foot tall plants, and hung out atsmall town bars, shooting pool or playing euchre, and rooting for the localfootball team. I have seen demolition derbies, monster trucks, and yard butts, and I have sailed on the mighty Mississippi River in a paddleboat.But visiting the countryside is a unique experience for me not only because Ican relax from my hectic city life and do wonderful fun stuff but also because I get to talk to farmers and their families and discover the depth of my ignorance about life in the country. Part of this ignorance has to do withthe basic facts about some of the food we eat. For example I like pickles butnot cucumbers and I always thought they were from two different plants(they are not), I also thought mayonnaise was a milk product (it's basicallyolive oil and eggs) and I believed that 1% milk was milk which had only 1%of the fat that regular milk has (regular milk is 4% fat, therefore 1% milk has25% of the fat of regular milk). These misconceptions and others are notuncommon. Over the course of little more than a century, the United States
 
has gone from being a country where about 40% of the population wasdirectly involved in farming or ranching to only 2% today. Of course most people know certain basic things such as that milk comes from cows, eggsfrom chickens, and bacon from pigs, but if you go into further detail manywill start shooting blanks. However, most farmers are kind folk who will politely avoid rolling their eyes or laughing at you when it is obvious thatyou don't know something and they will patiently explain the intricacies of  planting crops, milking cows or raising pigs.However the how and why of foodstuffs is just one aspect of our ignoranceof the ways of the countryside. Over the years this ignorance has given riseto a blend of fact and fiction generating a series of stories about life in thecountry. In this article we will examine 3 such stories in a tour that will takeus from the humorous to the thoughtful, if you have read this far you arewelcomed to come along.

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very interesting! shattered a few myths there! :)
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