February 18 – Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day

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“She flies through the air with the greatest of ease/Dropping her ice cream, yogurt and cheese.”
– Giacomo Moocini

Yes, today marks the 82nd anniversary of the triumph in human achievement – the day a cow was milked while flying through the air. Elm Farm Ollie, as she was known, was an spectacle at the 1930 International Air Exposition, held in Missouri in the United States. As well as being highly amusing, the purpose of such a thing was to allow scientists to observe the effect flying had on animals.

Elm Farm Ollie was a particularly good milking cow, so good in fact that during the flight Elsworth W.Bunce milked her and bottled the milk up tight before dropping the bottles (attached to miniature parachutes) into the city of St. Louis.

This has definitely got to be the most bizarre thing I have learnt since starting this blog. Happy Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day!

~ Darcie rae

Info-links
About Elm Farm Ollie
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mostfran/tales_legends/ollie_flyingcow.html
Picture source
http://mustardmuseum.com/elm-farm-ollie-day/
Wikipedia is actually very reliable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm_Farm_Ollie

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