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  1. @Mitch4, yes, Elsie and Elmer were “married”, and given children Beulah and Beauregard (1948) and Larabee and Lobelia (1957). The first live cow to play Elsie for promotional work was named “You’ll Do, Lobelia”.

  2. It was easy to look up L.L.C. (limited liabily corporation), but I drew a blank on “L.C.”, and only stumbled on “Elsie” by accident. I didn’t know about the “Borden” connection, and the barn made me wonder if it might have been the name of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

    P.S. I’m not going to go into the physics, but that executive toy will never be able to deliver more than a couple of “dings”.

  3. Well, I suppose “Bovine Executive” (and the “toy”) are amusing enough to carry the drawing as a comic, but as I indicated above, it took me a while to puzzle out the initials on her desk, and I’m still not ready to accept that the toy would actually work in practice.

  4. And Zwicky picks up on a point we have missed here: Her laptop has a logo identifying it not as Apple but apparently Udder!

  5. Mitch4: I saw that logo immediately, guess I should have mentioned it here.

    Zwicky is occasionally good but this forum is better!

  6. A nitpick: Elsie the cow was always drawn with ‘female’ attributes, such a long lashes and red lips. Maybe the ‘L.C.’ would be easier to get that way.

  7. Elsie and Elmer turned up in advertisements all the time in the 1950’s. Elmer’s picture is still on bottles of Elmer’s Glue. I always wondered what Elmer’s Glue was made from. I had heard that it was made from milk, but then it would have had Elsie’s picture on it, wouldn’t it?

  8. I should point out that the comic probably is not intended to depict the famous Elsie from advertising. “Elsie” is also a common name for cows (like “Bessie” and “Buttercup”).

  9. And also “Bossy”, not because the cows like to be in charge, but from Latin, as reflected in the Linnean binomial Bos taurus

  10. I swear my postings and my emails are being monitored, somehow. Case in point:

    I’ve not heard of or seen pics of Elsie the Borden cow for YEARS (I thought the company had gone OOB, but that was Dean’s, in Wisconsin).

    Hubby goes to store for milk [for me to take my meds with]; comes home with half the grocery store, but no milk. Goes to Walgreens just down the block to get the forgotten item.

    I open the fridge and there, staring me right in the face, is Elsie . . . smirking away in her pearls (or are those pop beads, if anyone remembers them).

    Coincidence? I don’t think so . . .

  11. I immediately assumed “Lactation Consultant”, which is a certified health professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.

  12. @Kilby – I saw a big sign in a burger restaurant once saying

    Our burgers are vegetarian.

    All the cows ate nothing but grass.

  13. The glue that horses, or more specifically horses’ hooves, are made into is mucilage. It is about the color and consistency of maple syrup but stickier. I don’t know what kids in first grade use these days, but we used several kinds: mucilage, rubber cement, Elmer’s Glue-All, and library paste. That last was the only kind that some of the kids ate. None of these was suitable for sniffing.

  14. Hmm, I recall rubber cement having a lot of volatile components and rather sharp smell. Was it never implicated in sniffing?

    Mucilage I also recall. It came in a dispenser / applicator bottle with a peculiar angled soft rubber top with a slit, which widened and let the glue out as you dragged it across a surface.

    Wikipedia is giving me a six-way disambiguation choice for mastic in an adhesive sense. But I guess it is not suitable for classrooms. I ran into it when my bathroom medicine-cabinet mirror started falling off its swing-arm supports. The recommended way to rehang it turned out to be mastic. But I couldn’t stop myself from supplementing that with duck tape.

  15. The solvent for rubber cement used to be benzene. It looks like these days it’s n-heptane. No idea if that’s a useful huffing vapor.

  16. Re: “sniffing” – I know that rubber cement was once a problem (kids used to squeeze it into a paper bag to let the vapors accumulate). Heptane is not listed by name, but it appears that a wide range of hydrocarbons can be misused for the purpose.

  17. @Downpuppy, I just got back to Zwicky’s blog, and I’m glad to see you took up this matter with him there!

  18. It wasn’t rubber cement. It was “airplane glue,” the kind of glue you use to put together model airplanes and other models made of plastic parts. It actually dissolved the plastic to the point that the two pieces would weld themselves together.

  19. An “Elsie” the cow was at the 1939 NY World’s Fair – my dad liked to mention this when she was mentioned.

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