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17:23 Feb 14, 2006
English to English translations [PRO] Poetry & Literature / - any linguistic association between them?
English term or phrase:of cows and bombs
A friend just asked me this intriguing question: what linguistic association in English is there, if any, between cows and bombs?
Specifically, he is wondering about this curious connection after observing in movies and computer games a number of cows, bulls and other bovine creatures dropping from the sky and often exploding.
I am at a loss for ideas. Cannot think of anything other than "holy cow," but that doesn't take care of the bombs side. Could you lend a helping hand, please? TIA.
P.S. Could you also indicate any regional nuances, e.g. only used in the U.S., the UK, etc? Thanks!
Explanation: I remember some years ago reading a column by American humorist Dave Barry in which he alluded to a supposedly real news report about cows actually exploding (too much methane accumulated in their systems??). I don't remember the details, but he did suggest "Exploding Cows" as a great name for a rock band. I think that in general cows are considered by many people to be inherently funny and some people enjoy creating ridiculous associations.
The only thing close to this I could find is in the attached link.
P.S. What's up, Misha, not enough serious matters to keep your mind occupied? :-)