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Chosen One of the Day: The cow from Twister

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Jul 11, 2018

Yesterday, I was browsing Twitter dot com, as we all do, and discovered it was hashtag Cow Appreciation Day. While some took the opportunity to make jokes, to me, it was no laughing matter. Because cows are beautiful creatures and at least one possibly gave its CG life for the most glorious sight gag of the '90s: the cow from the movie Twister.

Twister is a woefully underrated film, and this is a woefully underrated cow. The grace, the elegance, the relatively chill way it floats to an untimely (well, it's a Midwestern cow so maybe not that untimely) end, this cow is an icon of just accepting death and saying "Here I am, lord, take me. Moo."

The star power of this cow is that it is the standout in a scene entirely made of scene stealers. There's the unseen Julia, the needy patient of Jami Gertz's Dr. Melissa Reeves, pouring her heart out to her doctor before being cut off because "I gotta go, Julia, we got cows." There's Dr. Reeves herself, trying to do her job while her fiancé falls back in love with his ex-wife in the core of a tornado and also while WE GOT COWS. But there would be no COWS without this COW and dammit, for that, we celebrate her.