Bump and update to: Here it's just raining cats and dogsposted by The Vidiot @ 12:44 AM Permalink Update II:A big hello to all the hoppy denizens from skippy's place!
Update III: A reader informs me that this story is just an urban legend, debunked by Snopes. I don't really have a beef with Snopes, and I might just be revealing my ignorance, but I'm not sure if I find their argument mooving. Maybe I'm just sensitive because it's my ox being gored.
Fishing boat sunk by flying cowA cow in the cargo hold!?
It is reported that the dazed crew of a Japanese trawler were plucked of the Sea of Japan clinging to the wreckage of their sunken ship. Their rescue, however, was followed by the imprisonment of the boat's crew once authorities started to question the sailors on their ship's loss. They all maintained that a cow, falling out of a clear sky, had struck the trawler amidships, shattering its hull and sinking the vessel within minutes.
No one believed them, suspecting them of drunkenness or worse and so they remained in prison for several weeks, until the Russian Air Force reluctantly informed Japanese authorities that the crew of one of its cargo planes had apparently stolen a cow wandering at the edge of a Siberian airfield, forced the cow into the plane's hold and rather rashly then taken off for home.
Unprepared for live cargo, the Russian crew was ill-equipped to manage a now rampaging and fed-up cow within its hold. To save the aircraft and themselves, they pushed the animal out of the cargo hold as they crossed the Sea of Japan at an altitude of 30,000 feet.
What cud possibly go wrong?
After a bit of rumination, what other course did the plane's crew have but putting the cow down?
And after the gravity of the situation was lost on the Russian's shouldn't the trawler crew have gotten out of the way when they herd the horns?
Of course, once it's pasture deck the hull thing couldn't be avoided.
It's bull to make the cow the fall guy, and I am milking the story, but this is just udderly ridiculous!
Thanks, I'll be here all week and don't forget your bartender or your waitresses'