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27th August
written by Sean Noble

Cows in Britain are killing people.  Why is it that some of the weirdest news in the world comes from across the pond?

It occurs to me that England needs more cattle guards. Growing up in rural Arizona, cattle guards were a way of life.  Just thinking about the familiar “thrrummpp” as you drove over them brings back memories of childhood.

And it reminds me of a classic government out-of-touch story, the veracity of which is in question because I’ve heard versions with different Administrations involved.  As I remember it, under LBJ’s administration, someone at the Department of Agriculture decided to ask Arizona and New Mexico how many cattle guards they had.  The folks on the ground, obviously perplexed by how they might actually count all of them reported back that there were many, many thousands of cattle guards. To which they were told that there were way too many people employed to guard cattle.

Old wives tale? Maybe, but believable.

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  1. Kasie

    Now that made me smile… Thanks!

  2. Woody

    With unemployment so high, how come Dept of Ag isn’t hiring more cattle guards now? Especially on the reservations. That joke about running over them when you were a kid is thoughtless and sick. Cattle guards are people too.

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