After reviewing thousands of images of cows on Google Earth, the new gold standard in data collection, scientists have determined that cows generally point north. Lest you think this is some crap news my brother grabbed from the Daily Mail, Dr. Sabine Begall and colleagues from the University of Duisburg-Essen published this discovery in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
When you Google “Cow Compass” this is what happens.
After factoring out variations like wind, terrain, sun, time of day, time of year, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, breed of cow, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, and specific density, Begall and company determined that the cows must get their innate bearings from the earth’s magnetic field. They theorize this adaptation must have come in handy when cows wild ancestors wandered the earth freely, looking for a good time.
Which way am I facing now Einstein?
Thanks to Chris Cleveland for sending along.