Cow Facts Trilogy – Part Five (5): A Cow By Any Other Name (cont’d) Or What’s So Good About Smelling Like A Cow?

June 14, 2013

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…Yes, it’s true – cows stink. But let’s not panic over that…

It’s been a couple of years (0ne year and 364 days, to be exact – but who’s counting?) since I left you all hanging, wondering how I am going to explain the benefits of having cow “scents”.

Here’s how…

If you have been keeping up, you know that cows have their own distinktive aroma. There’s nothing else quite like it on the planet. True, there are things that are close, but not quite exact enough to be awarded a cigar. Cow odor is unique among all creatures great and small, and about the closest thing to it is the way a brand newly planted lawn smells on a hot day…

I have noticed that many people don’t actually like the way cows smell, and I find that just a bit mystifying. While it’s true that a herd of cows will probably never win any fragrance awards in the human realm, there are worse smelling things than a cow…

And this, my friends, brings me to the main points of this report…

  1. What could possibly smell worse than a cow?
  2. Why is it that cows smell the way they do?
  3. When did cows begin to smell that way?
  4. Where can one go to learn to appreciate the odor of a cow?
  5. How is it that cows smell so good?

Well, believe it or not, I have been pondering these questions over the past two years, searching for workable answers, and not coming up with even one.

Until last night…

That’s when I was “listening” to my lovely wife, Judy, read to me from her latest work on Translational Medicine

She was reading from her notes on Translational Medicine, and I was listening – hanging on every word, in fact. But I am a very talented multi-thinker, and was able to simultaneously pay nearly undivided attention to her while continuing my uninterrupted search for the answer to why cows smell the way they do.

At one point during her presentation, I asked her the clarifying question, “But how do you incorporate systemic therapeutic approaches targeting multiple factors such as and did you know that cows have an incredible sense of smell, and, in fact, it’s believed that they can smell something up to six miles away? OH! LOOK! There’s the perfect place to hang my “burnt guitars” picture!”

I stopped.. I rewound.. I replayed what I had just said…

SIX… MILES… AWAY…

And that’s when it hit me… 

“Wait a minute… Cows smell really bad, yeah, but they also smell really well.

At this point, Judy appeared to have completed her speech, so I became free to focus my complete attention on the questions at hand…

And here’s what I came up with… The reason cows smell the way they do is ……………………………………………………………………………………………..

Chickens.

 Yes, I said “chickens.”

Unless you have ever lived within ten miles down wind of a chicken ranch, you have no idea how refreshing it can be to smell a cow.  

And that’s where we will pick up when, again, we continue…

Moo.

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One Response to “Cow Facts Trilogy – Part Five (5): A Cow By Any Other Name (cont’d) Or What’s So Good About Smelling Like A Cow?”

  1. kathyelliott232 Says:

    Sadly, any interest I may one day develop in smelling a cow has no outlet in my current situation. I do, however, have the unique opportunity to smell cow manure (aka “fertilizer”) about once a week. I arrive at work and immediately detect this delectable fragrance wafting across the beautiful San Pasqual Valley from a neighboring ranch. Several people have told me that they actually enjoy the scent — I kid you not! Their reasons escape me.

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