As a public service, Commonplace Fun Facts has warned its readers about many of life’s hazards. The dangers of vending machines, overflowing submarine toilets, and spontaneously-combusting pants have been well documented in […]
Can Cows — and Cheese — Contribute To Safer Smoking?
We already reported the alarming practice of attempting to make cigarettes safe by using filters made from asbestos. If you are looking for a safer and all-organic way to introduce carcinogens into […]
The Baffling Mystery of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants
Farmers have a hard enough time of it with all the challenges they have to face. Weather, regulations, animal diseases, crop blights, and fluctuating commodities markets are only a few of the […]
The Wackiest Medical Codes for the Strangest Conditions
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, medical practitioners must classify all treatments in accordance with approved medical codes. This is a lot more complex than […]
Meet the Beefalo
What do you get when you cross a cow and a bison? No, this isn’t the opening line of some corny joke. It is an introduction to a curious animal with an […]
A Vampire Cow — Just When You Think You’ve Seen it All
Continuing on the theme of the worst comic book characters ever, we introduce you to Hellcow, compliments of Comic Books — Literature for the Masses. Yes, the seventies were some seriously weird […]
Understanding Economics: No Bull About It
Popular advice columnist Abigail VanBuren once published a helpful guide to understanding the difference between the various economic systems: Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and gives […]
Moo-ve Over Toto… We’re Not in Doggyland Anymore
Who can imagine The Wizard of Oz without Dorothy’s faithful canine friend, Toto? Apparently, the author, L. Frank Baum, could envision such a thing. In the original stage production in 1902, Baum replaced […]
Building Zeppelins Took a Lot of Guts
photo credit: Alexander Sovpel. Used by permission. During much of World War I, sausage consumption was illegal in Germany. The reason was to preserve the supply of cow intestines, which were needed to seal […]
Can You Get Over the Hump and Drink Camel Milk?
If you have difficulty drinking all the milk in your refrigerator before it spoils, you might consider switching to camel milk. It has a feature you will appreciate: it does not curdle.
The most money ever paid for a cow in an auction was $1.3 million. source