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Cow Tipping, College Pranks & Family Farm Photos

Cow tipping is in the news this week, seriously. Now even if your college days are decades behind you, I’m sure you haven’t forgotten the shenanigans you and your buddies got into between all that studying and class attendance.

When I arrived at South Dakota State University (SDSU) as a freshman and checked into my dormitory, Hansen Hall (a.k.a. Hick Hall), I knew I was going to meet plenty of like-minded individuals. After all, straw bales adorned the entryway of the dorm, and cowboys were roping steer dummies on the front lawn. My roommate came from a farm, as did most of the folks who resided in that dormitory.

Tales of sheep running around in the fourth-floor bathroom, and the students behind that legendary prank, were some of the first stories I heard as I settled into my dorm room. And it didn’t take long before some of my peers had talked a city kid or two into sneaking out to the SDSU Cow-Calf Unit to try tipping a cow. Of course, a little liquid courage had these gullible college kids trying, and failing miserably, at the urban myth of cow tipping.

The nonsense of cow tipping was discussed recently on

Here is an excerpt: “Let's get this out of the way: Cow tipping, at least as popularly imagined, does not exist. Drunk young men do not, on any regular basis, sneak into cow pastures and put a hard shoulder into a cow taking a standing snooze, thus tipping the poor animal over. While in the history of the world there have surely been a few unlucky cows shoved to their side by boozed-up morons, we feel confident in saying this happens at a rate roughly equivalent to the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.”

Oddly, despite the fact that it's nearly impossible to tip a cow, the legend lives on. Have you ever attempted cow tipping or talked someone duped into tackling the task? Share your best and worst moments in the comments section below.

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