Ellen Scott, writing for Metro:
Over in Australia lives a very large cow.
Or, if we’re being technically accurate, a very large steer, which is a neutered male.
His name is Knickers.
He is 6 ft 4in tall standing and weighs 1,400kg. That’s actually a tiny bit shorter than the steer that holds the world record for size, Bellino, who lives in Italy, but it is still very, very large.
So large, in fact, that he’s too big to be killed and sold as meat. Meat processors say they just can’t take him as he’s too large for them to deal with.
I just read one the funniest and accurate essays by Peter Welch, which was shared by Sarah Drasner on Twitter:
Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: “Bro, you don’t work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver.”
They have a point. Mordor sucks, and it’s certainly more physically taxing to dig a tunnel than poke at a keyboard unless you’re an ant. But, for the sake of the argument, can we agree that stress and insanity are bad things? Awesome. Welcome to programming.
It was published over four years ago (April 27th, 2014), but it’s interesting to see how relevant all the points still are. If you have 10 minutes to spare, then I highly recommend giving this a read.
I’m definitely adding this blog to my RSS reader for future reading.