Cow On the Run? Nothing New.

Oh, shades of the past, etc. News report about cow escaping from slaughterhouse in Queens, New York. Sounds so familiar to me! I've read literally dozens of such reports while researching my new book, a history of meat in America, which opens with the age of the urban slaughterhouse c. 1870.

Only difference is that in 1870, such episodes were so common (because there was a slaughterhouse on every other block) that people just got out of the way. No high-speed cop chases back then!

Tip o' the mug for this to Rebecca Skloot, via Twitter (@rebeccaskloot).