The Cow from Michigan
The only cow in a small town in southern Minnesota stopped giving milk. The local townspeople did some research and found that they could buy a cow from Iowa for 800 dollars, or one from Michigan for 600 dollars.
Being frugal Swedes, naturally they bought the cow from Michigan. The cow was wonderful. It produced lots of milk all the time, and the people were amazed and very happy.
The townspeople decided to acquire a bull to mate with the cow and produce more cows like this wonderful Michigan cow. Then they would never have to worry about their milk supply again. They bought a bull and put it in the pasture with their beloved cow. However, whenever the bull came close to the cow, the cow would move. No matter what approach the bull tried, the cow would just move away from the bull and he could not succeed in his amorous quest.
The townspeople were very upset and decided to ask the retired professor who was very wise in such complicated matters just what they should do. They told the professor what was happening.
"When ever the bull approaches cow, she moves away. If he approaches from the back, she moves forward. When he approaches her from the front, she moves to the back. An approach from the side and she just walks away to the other side."
The retired professor thought about this for a minute and then asked, "Did you buy this cow from Michigan?"
The townspeople were dumbfounded, since they had never mentioned where they had gotten the cow.
"You are truly a wise professor," they said. "How did you know we got the cow from Michigan?"
The professor answered sagely, "My wife is from Michigan."
Posted June 8, 2004