Cows and Probability
Bert Tolkamp et al. were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize for answering a question that has long been on the minds of readers of this blog, and likely on the minds of the populace at large:
Are cows more likely to lie down the longer they stand?
I mean, seriously, how many nights have you lain awake pondering that question?
Their research revealed two startling facts:
- The longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that the cow will soon stand up.
- Once a cow stands up, it’s impossible to predict how long until that cow lies down again.
I, for one, will rest easier knowing that these questions have finally been answered.
If you suffer from insomnia, the full article may be more valuable than Unisom, chamomile tea, or counting sheep.
You have to wonder if the researchers used a cow-culator to calculate the probabilities. Or perhaps that had to rely on techniques from advanced cow-culus.
Why do milking stools only have three legs?
Because the cow has the udder!
What do Greek cows say?
What do you call a male cow that swallows a hand grenade?
What do you call the same cow 5 seconds later?
Here are some other mathy cow jokes I’ve posted in the past.