Thursday, November 10, 2005


Why do Cows Chew Stuff?

One day, during a borement(Boring moment) I wondered why cows chew stuff. You know, whether on straw like Huckleberry Finn, or a pile of grass a underaged Chinese farmer handed to him.

Turns out, cows chew their food. Not only do they chew their food. They chew regurgitated food, otherwise known as cud. It's because they are herbivores, and in order to survive on plants they need to be more efficient in absorbing the energy.

A cow has four stomachs, and the opening between them gets progressively smaller. They therefore need to break up their food more than once in order to get it through their biological filter system.

And then I thought, well, rabbits are ruminants too. They don't have four stomachs. Why don't I see them chewing cud?

That's cuz they eat shit. No, literally. When the food reaches their anus, it gets turned into a soft pellet. Their internal systems then suck this pellet back out and places it back into their mouth for further eating. It's all internal so it's not as sick as you think. Coprophagy is what it's called.

So, if you're going to be Vegan, friggin, cook your vegetables first. If you live on salad, you won't be able to survive. You'll have to eat shit.

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