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On this day in 1930, a cow boarded an airplane for the first time — possibly for science


WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Seemingly every day has a unique holiday attached to it now.

Today is no different: Feb. 18 is Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day.

What's that?

Yes, according to Worldwide Weird Holidays, today marks the anniversary of the first documented instance of a cow riding an airplane on Feb. 18, 1930.

Which farm animal are you?

She was known as both Nellie Jay and Elm Farm Ollie, and she flew from Bismarck, Missouri, to the International Aviation Exhibition in St. Louis.

Nellie Jay was a Guernsey cow that was chosen for her ability to produce lots of milk and for her agreeable nature since, you know, loading a cow onto an aircraft and then flying with it is probably hard enough.

She flew with Wisconsin native Elsworth W. Bunce, who milked her during the flight.

The flight was supposedly intended to give scientists a chance to study midair effects on animals, and probably also as a publicity stunt.

So remember Nellie Jay today when you're pouring milk onto your Cheerios or having a glass after scarfing down some cookies—while at the airport.

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