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Friday, October 2, 2015

Cow Down!

I saw the carcass of a dead cow on Interstate 20 driving into work this morning: an entire 1,000 plus pound heifer laying cattywhompus across the fast lane during morning rush hour just six miles or so from Downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The sight of her puzzled me, and all day I have wondered how she came to be there.

Initially, of course, I assumed the black behemoth to have been struck by a speeding car, no doubt surprised to find a half-ton of livestock moseying down the interstate, but the ol' gal, despite being clearly deceased, looked pretty good considering and there were no bits of car strewn about the way I imagine there would be when a vehicle collides unexpectedly with a domestic bovine.

My second theory is that Miss Bess crossed the westbound side of the interstate only to encounter the concrete retaining wall separating the west and eastbound sides, whereupon she died of fright or maybe even exhaustion from the prospect of hauling herself over the barrier.  The world may never know.

While fascinating, interstate cattle isn't the most shocking thing I've ever seen on the road. As a sort of Flashback Friday post, I leave you with a reminder of what remains the WEIRDEST, FUNNIEST, MOST DISTURBING THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME! I still can't think about it without laughing.

Click the link below to see for yourself:

Nekked & Afraid