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A US couple had a lucky escape when a 600lb cow unexpectedly landed on the bonnet of their minivan, unsurprisingly causing "heavy damage". According to AP, Michigan-based Charles and Linda Everson were visiting the area around Lake Chelan, Washington, to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. On their way back to the hotel …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Conversation right before the impact

    "Dear..." "Yes, sweetheart?" "What if my mother came to live with us?" "Oh, yes, when cows fly!"



  2. regadpellagru

    Sperm whale from Hitch hicker's guide to the galaxy ?

    And what about the last thoughts of the beast ?

    Maybe, like in Douglas Addams' famous book, something like "Oh, what is this object coming at very high speed ? Big, brown. I wonder if we'll be friend." or more "hmmm, this van seems to come very fast, maybe jumping off the cliff wasn't the brighest idea ..."

  3. Kurt Guntheroth

    pictures? you bet!

    Yup, Seattle weather sucks. Rains all the time. This. however, is slightly unusual.

  4. Anonymous Coward


    Clearly the cow put too much faith in the Red Bull ads. Or was the cow on LSD?

  5. Anonymous Coward


    This could have been a murder attempt! The police should be checking his facebook account to see who's been throwing cows at him!

    Mines the blue one give me my scarf too it's gone chilly....

  6. Mike Holden

    Still on the DA theme...

    ... maybe its last thoughts were "Oh no, not again."

  7. greg

    Falling cow sign?

    They obviously didn't see the sign...

  8. Rick Brasche

    the next step:

    "We drop an enormous wooden badger!"

  9. Pierre
    Thumb Up

    Best kicker ever!

    "Thanks to Matt White for the tip-off."

    Icing on the cake!

  10. Mike Moyle Silver badge

    Could have been worse...

    ...imagine if the bull hadn't pulled out in time!

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    As per Dog Soldiers, did they break radio silence?

    "I am not about to break radio silence just 'cos you lot got spooked by a dead flying fucking cow!"

  12. dave

    Please only use Reg units

    200 feet? What is that?

    Methinks el Reg needs to create a new unit of measurement here.

    Perhaps this would be a good opportunity to delve a big deeper into other physical dimensions, such as velocity, momentum, things like that.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    The couple was saved by

    an act of Bovine Intervention...

  14. Joe Stalin

    If proof was needed..

    Evolution in action, This cow is obviously the first of a new speices of flying mammal, OK a failed first step but more will follow, pigeon poo will look like heaven after this.

  15. Anonymous Coward

    Re:Earthworm Jim would be proud of this effort.

    Damn it Jason you beat me to it...

    All the residents of Turlock would be proud

  16. norman

    Monty Python?

    When the cow hit; did someone comment the drivers mother smelt of Elderberries.....

  17. Michael

    oblig Hitchhiker's Guide reference...

    Hello, ground!!

  18. Brian

    Moo game...

    Maybe it is a varient on the Moo Game.... ?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Mad cow getting very messy - the paris hilton connection is strong.

  20. Fluffykins Silver badge

    That's the end of the moos.................

    .........and now the weather.

  21. John Dougherty
    Black Helicopters

    The case against

    . . . cow tipping was never clearer.

    Jacket please.

  22. Scott


    Actually it did meet the technical Douglas Adams definition of flying.

    "flying is defined as throwing yourself at the ground and missing"

    and technically by collecting a mini van rather than the ground it did 'miss' the ground

  23. Finn

    Is this what....

    Is this what they call GM-Food, or was the van a Ford?

  24. Nick

    Extreme Cow Tipping?

    I had thought that the X-Games had denied the addition of Extreme Cow Tipping to their agenda.

    I believe there is a franchise opportunity here, if only we could find a celebrity to host the TV series and front the computer game off shoots.

  25. Anonymous Coward

    Mooston, we have a problem

    Why was this cow teatering on the edge of a cliff? Was it looking to have a mooving experience or is there an udder reason? Maybe it was on the horns of a dilemma which would render the horns inoperable and hence no warning being given?

    Trying to put coat on but this damn straitjacket makes finding arm holes difficult.

  26. Steve

    What everyone seems to have

    missed in all the hilarity is that this Charles Everson, Jr. character continued driving for a mile after being hit by said beast.

    I mean wtf! A MILE.

    Maybe he was afraid another one was on its way.


  27. H2Nick

    Excellent story (& comments!) but do you really think the cow fell 200ft ?

    Saw the pics of the car from URLs in earlier comments.

    Car still driveable (was the guy in shock ? why didn't he stop?)

    A drop of 200ft would give a terminal velocity of around 70 mph.

    I think after 600lbs of cow falling on a car at 70mph neither the cow or the car would require "euthenasing"

  28. Anonymous Coward

    Latin joke alert

    I need a vacca-tion after reading all these comments.

  29. Demian Phillips

    One fott in the grave.

    "he'd been reduced to repeating: "I don't believe this. I don't believe this.""

    I think we have identifed the American version of Victor Meldrew.

  30. DrDimentico

    Kurt, your geography sucks

    "Yup, Seattle weather sucks. Rains all the time. This. however, is slightly unusual."

    For those without the benefit of (or wherewithal to use) google or mapquest, Manson is 300 km east of Seattle, over a mountain range, at the edge of a high desert plain. Definitely not pacific maritime/Seattle climes.

    Most travellers in the area are accustomed to "danger: falling rocks" signs, which I hope will be humorously vandalized to commemorate this event.

  31. John Benson

    Talking Dog Experiment Partially Successful; Table Service Gone Missing

    'Nuff said.

    No, wait!

    "England Threatened By Medieval French Terror Weapon Technology, Trojan Rabbit Upgrade In the Works"

    In a secret weapons test gone horribly awry, a French MIRV (Mooing Intercontinental Re-entry Vehicle) went off-course and failed to respond to the self-destruct signal from Mission Control in Le Havre. On learning that the French had violated treaty obligations by resuming development of this terror weapon, MOD vowed to counter it with a hovercraft version of the venerable Trojan Rabbit. When confronted with the damning evidence, a French military attaché threatened gas warfare "in your general direction".


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