Tuesday’s Tickler

Scott Moore, a longtime buddy of mine from my days at Deloitte & Touche, sent me a quote about the music business in Nashville from gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson:

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”

From all I’ve heard from friends who moved to Nashvegas to make it in the music biz, this sounds about right to me!

And now for something completely different:

A True Story

Earlier this year, the dazed crew of a Japanese Trawler was plucked out of the Sea of Japan clinging to the wreckage of their sunken ship.

Their rescue, however, was followed by immediate imprisonment once authorities questioned the sailors on their ship’s loss. To a man they claimed that a cow, falling out of a clear blue sky, had struck the trawler amidships, shattering it’s hull and sinking the vessel within minutes.

They remained in prison for several weeks, until the Russian Air Force reluctantly informed Japanese authorities that the crew of one of its cargo planes had apparently stolen a cow wandering at the edge of a Siberian airfield, forced the cow into the plane’s hold and hastily
taken off for home.

Unprepared for live cargo, the Russian crew was ill-equipped to manage a now rampaging cow within its hold. To save the aircraft and themselves, they shoved the animal out of the cargo hold as they crossed the Sea of Japan at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Funny, but it sounds like an urban myth to me. Perhaps someone wants to check on http://www.snopes.com to find out if this is a true story or not?




  1. Sounds a bit suspicious to me, too. I wouldn’t be opening any part of any plane at 30,000 feet to push anything out, cow or otherwise.

    Mooooooooooooooooooo “splooosh!”

  2. Someone I know told me that Snopes says it’s a hoax. The clues seem pretty obvious in retrospect – the 30k ft elevation (as you mentioned), a cow … in Siberia?, a Russian plain over Japan?…

    So looks like you were spot-on, Stevo.


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