11 Bovine Celebrities Who Were Kind Of A Big Deal

11 Cows, Bulls and Oxen that have all played an important role in human history!

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    Pauline Wayne

    Also known as Miss Wayne, Pauline was America’s First Cow under the Taft Administration. President Taft was a notoriously ravenous eater and brought Pauline to the White House to produce milk for the first family. Pauline was quite famous in her day and her activities were extensively covered in the New York Times. Once, the FCOTUS somehow got lost on the way to a dairy exposition and accidentally ended up in a slaughterhouse. Thankfully she was rescued after two days in a Chicago stockyard by some attendants that recognized the famous cow.

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    Babe the Blue Ox

    Pet and companion of the mythical gigantic lumberjack Paul Bunyon. The story of Paul Bunyon originated with oral traditions of woodsmen working in Wisconsin during the turn of the 20th century and was popularized in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company. Babe was a said to be a great help to Paul Bunyon and so big that “42 axe handles and a plug of tobacco” could fit between his eyes. Legend also has it that he created the Mississippi river when a heavy tank wagon full of water he was pulling sprang a leak that trickled south.

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    Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

    Catherine O’Leary was an Irish immigrant infamous for starting the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 after her cow allegedly kicked over a lantern while it was being milked. In 1892 Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Ahern admitted that he had made up the story and that Mrs. O’Leary and her heifer had been scapecowed (most likely because of the anti-Irish attitudes at the time). Poor Mrs. O’Leary spent the remainder of her life in the public eye and was constantly blamed for starting the fire.

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    Ferdinand the Bull

    Said to be Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite book, this short children’s story stirred up a lot of controversy when it was published in 1936. Released nine months before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Ferdinand The Bull is about a Spanish bull that would rather smell flowers than fight a matador. Understood to be a pacifist book by the supporters of Francisco Franco, the book was banned in Spain and burned in Nazi Germany. In 1938 Disney released a slightly racist-y animated version of the story, which you can watch above.

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    Wall Street Bull

    We've all heard of the Wolf of Wall Street, but do you know about the bull? This statue was originally a piece of guerrilla art, placed without permission by the sculptor Aturo Di Modica in front of the New York Stock Exchange on December 15, 1989 as a Christmas gift to New York City residents. The bull was immediately seized and impounded by NYPD. Public outcry led the Parks and Rec Department to rescue the sculpture and permanently install it two blocks south of the Exchange at Bowling Green plaza. Di Modica created the sculpture after the 1987 stock market crash to symbolize the strength and power of the American people.

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    Maudine Ormsby

    Isn’t she lovely? In 1926 Ohio State University crowned this heifer Homecoming Queen. How did a cow win the popularity contest? The answer: election fraud. 12,000 votes were cast for Maudine despite the fact there were just 10,000 students enrolled in the school and only 3,000 ballots printed for the election. Maudine was declared to be “too valuable” to risk an appearance at the homecoming game, so two students in a cow costume had to accept her crown on her behalf.

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    A very holy cow indeed. Kamadhenu is a divine Hindu bovine goddess that’s believed to be the mother of all cows. Although there are several different accounts of the birth of Kamadhenu, some say that she emerged from the churning of the cosmic ocean to acquire Amrita, the elixir of life. She is a miraculous “cow of plenty” that provides whatever her owner desires. All cows are revered in Hinduism as the physical embodiment of Kamadhenu.

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    Elsie the Cow

    Before Tony the Tiger or the Pillsbury Dough Boy there was Elsie the Cow, the mascot of the Borden Dairy Company. Named one of the Top Ten Advertising Icons of the 20th Century by Ad Age, Elsie was created in 1936 to symbolize the “perfect dairy product.”. Elsie has received many honorary university degrees and titles over the years. She holds PhDs in Bovinity and Ecownomics, was named Queen of Dairyland in Wisconsin and made an honorary chief by the Seneca People.

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    In 1997, Infigen Inc., a biotech company, created the first cloned calf in the world – Gene – from non-embryonic cells. The $20 million bull was born at the American Breeders Service facilities in Deforest, Wisconsin, USA but was later transferred to and kept at the Minnesota Zoo Education Center, along with two other cloned heifers. It was the first permanent public display of clones in the world.

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    Dancing Cow Mascot

    Channing Tatum has nothing on this bovine hero. Thanks to Reddit, this video captured in a supermarket in Mexico of a dancing milk company mascot went viral earlier this year. The cow really brings it and serves every shopper in the store with some seriously amazing dance moves. Enjoy.

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    The only cow brave enough to take on the industrial meat system. Our own Moopheus, along with his pals Chickity and Leo, starred in the ground breaking animated short film series called The Meatrix (http://www.themeatrix.com/). Moopheus helps Leo see that the farm he calls home is really an illusion – and that he’s actually trapped inside a horrible factory farm. To date, the Meatrix has been translated into over 30 languages and viewed 30 million times.

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