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Her last words surprised them all.

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Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 6:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Don't kill that cow?
a1415925 (A1415925)
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 8:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the sentence have anything to do with the practice of another relgion?
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 8:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it reasonable advice?
Blindingly obvious advice?
Obscure advice?
Bizarre advice?
Bad advice?
Stupid advice?
Dangerous advice?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 10:41 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Haenlomal:

Don't ______ that cow." Was the word a verb? yes noun? Pronoun? Let's assume right now that it is a verb.
Is the word...
abandon?
abase?
abash?
abate?
abbreviate?
abdicate?
abduct?
abet?
abhor?
abide?
abjure?.....

Did the word start with the letter "A"? "B"? "C"? "D"?..... it started with 'S'

How many letters are in the word? 1? 2? 3? 4? yes, four 5? 6? 7? 8? 9? 10? More than ten?

What letter does the word end with? "A"? "B"? "C"? "D"? "E"?.... 'L'

Is there a prefix? If so, is it "amphi-"? "intro-"? "schm-"? no

Is there a suffix? If so, is it "-fold"? "-poo"? no

What I meant was: Did she ask them to drink milk from the cow? well, no..not exactly that. But indirectly, you might say that she encouraged them to do so

Regarding the 'verb' discussion, I omit replies to them. I have already answered that question above.

A1415925:

Crazy shots:

Don't worship that cow.

Don't be that cow.

Don't follow that cow.

Don't shoot that cow. no hit there

Lisa:

Yeah... more random shots, I think.

Don't have that cow.
Don't help that cow.
Don't sing That Cow.
Don't moon that cow.
Don't tease that cow.
Don't undress that cow.
Don't spoil that cow.
Don't ride that cow.
Don't play That Cow.
Don't drive that cow.
Don't ring that cow.
Don't smoke that cow.
Don't wrinkle that cow. none of these either

I get way too bored waiting for answers... Sorry, but I have been away on business trips most of this week. Í always try to follow up as soon as I can :)

Lewis:
Don't kill that cow? no

A1415925:

Does the sentence have anything to do with the practice of another religion? no


Barbara:

Was it reasonable advice? well.. it wasn´t totally unreasonable, but...
Blindingly obvious advice? not really
Obscure advice? no
Bizarre advice? no, but..
Bad advice? no
Stupid advice? not really, but...
Dangerous advice? no
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 2:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was she delirious?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 4:52 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

don't sell that cow?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 5:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was she delirious? Well, she was in a very weak condition, but not delirious

don't sell that cow? YES! At last... :)

Now, why did she say that?
Lewis Zeiters (Lzeiters)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 6:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

sentimental reasons?
monetary reasons?
political reasons?
capitalism vs. communism relevant? (she didn't believe in/like capitalism, so selling the cow would run counter to her beliefs? ... I know... WAY out there...
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Friday, June 24, 2005 - 7:06 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

sentimental reasons? no
monetary reasons? no
political reasons? no
capitalism vs. communism relevant? (she didn't believe in/like capitalism, so selling the cow would run counter to her beliefs? ... I know... WAY out there...
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2005 - 4:04 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there somebody she didn't want to have the cow? Was there somebody she wanted to make sure DID have the cow? Were her reasons for not selling the cow due to... religion? stuborness? pride? a contract? a promise? superstition? other?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 11:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was there somebody she didn't want to have the cow? no Was there somebody she wanted to make sure DID have the cow? well, yes... she urged the people in the monastery to keep the cow Were her reasons for not selling the cow due to... religion? stuborness? pride? a contract? a promise? superstition? other? Yes. No to the rest
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 4:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

************************ RECAP ************************

The wise, old Mother Superior is lying on her deathbed in the monastery. The people around her ask her to give a last, wise advice to them all. In a weak, low voice she utters her last famous words: "Don´t sell that cow!"

Now, why did she say that?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 12:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's a small point, but a Mother Superior would not be lying on any kind of bed in a monastery.

Did the cow supply the nunnery with milk?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 4:20 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It's a small point, but a Mother Superior would not be lying on any kind of bed in a monastery. Uh oh... I see...I´m not very familiar with these realms of Christianity. Luckily, it´s not important for the story here

Did the cow supply the nunnery with milk? yes
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 4:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In that case, I will exit to the tigers :)
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 4:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why is that?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 6:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hrm. Did having the cow, providing milk, keep the nuns from getting osteoperosis (disintigration of the bones due to lack of calcium)? Did the mother superior suffer from osteoperosis towards the end of her life and realized she could have prevented it if she drank more milk?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 9:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hrm. Did having the cow, providing milk, keep the nuns from getting osteoperosis (disintigration of the bones due to lack of calcium)? no Did the mother superior suffer from osteoperosis towards the end of her life and realized she could have prevented it if she drank more milk? no
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 7:39 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

E-mailed.
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 10:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You´re right, Lisa. Now, let´s see if anyone else want to try and solve it too. The activity rate has been rather low lately, though...
Veggie-Trunks (Veggie_Trunks)
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 5:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the cow very valuable to their family?
Community?
Just to her?
In general?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 - 7:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the cow very valuable to their family?
Community? this is the closest, but there is a FA here
Just to her?
In general?
SmarterBrother (Mycroft)
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the cow perform some other function for the nunnery other than a milk supply?
SmarterBrother (Mycroft)
Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2005 - 10:05 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are there any puns involved here about Mother's milk, or Let it Be?
Lisa (Dlcygnet)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 1:42 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

*tries to bump this thread up*
Was there anything special about the milk?
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 10:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry - I have been absent for a long time... back now, and eager to please..

Does the cow perform some other function for the nunnery other than a milk supply? no

Are there any puns involved here about Mother's milk, or Let it Be? no

*tries to bump this thread up*
Was there anything special about the milk? yeah... :-) - and thanks for bumping
SmarterBrother (Mycroft)
Posted on Friday, August 19, 2005 - 11:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The special milky something - its flavour/taste?
Its appearance/colour? Its smell?
Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382)
Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 9:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would any other cows have the "special" milk? Relevant what kind of cow (breed) it is?
Did the cow have a different diet?
Relevant where the monastery is?
Dietmar Cremers (Feenwelt)
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 9:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By SmarterBrother (Mycroft) on Friday, August 19, 2005 - 11:56 am:

The special milky something - its flavour/taste? both
Its appearance/colour? no Its smell? yes

By Jennifer Warde (Tigger32382) on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 09:28 pm:

Would any other cows have the "special" milk? no Relevant what kind of cow (breed) it is? no
Did the cow have a different diet? no
Relevant where the monastery is? no

I try to write a recap as soon as I have read it all.
Dietmar Cremers (Feenwelt)
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 9:19 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

********** RECAP **********

The wise, old Mother Superior is lying on her deathbed in the monastery. The people around her ask her to give a last, wise advice to them all. In a weak, low voice she utters her last famous words: "Don´t sell that cow!"
Now, why did she say that?
There seems to be something special about the milk, it's taste, flavour and smell. On the other hand, Grainbeer answered an earlier question:

did the milk / cow have special properties ? no, but...
So, there is a FA here somewhere.
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 1:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has the cow's milk changed smell/flavor? And she figured out or knows why? So she's telling them not to kill the cow?

Was the cow eating/being fed something relevant?
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 8:19 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the milk used to make something else? does the milk change the taste/smell of something else? would this puzzle work if the people involved weren't nuns?
Dietmar Cremers (Feenwelt)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 12:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tim A. Dowd (Bodo) on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 01:51 pm:

Has the cow's milk changed smell/flavor? Hmm, yessish. Better rephrase
And she figured out or knows why? no! So she's telling them not to kill the cow?

Was the cow eating/being fed something relevant? not at all

By Jennifer (Tigger32382) on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 08:19 pm:

Is the milk used to make something else? no does the milk change the taste/smell of something else? yope would this puzzle work if the people involved weren't nuns? yes, but it wouldn't be half as funny
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 2:47 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

does it change the taste of something? the smell of something? is there a switcheroo, where someone thinks they're getting the milk and get something else or vice versa? is someone spiking the milk?
Dietmar Cremers (Feenwelt)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 5:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

does it change the taste of something? yope the smell of something? yope is there a switcheroo, where someone thinks they're getting the milk and get something else or vice versa? yes-ish is someone spiking the milk? YES!
Jennifer (Tigger32382)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 1:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

spiking it with alcohol? important what kind? if so... wine? vodka? beer? tequila? rum? does the mother superior know that the milk is being spiked? or does she just enjoy its effects and think that it is coming from the cow like that?
Dietmar Cremers (Feenwelt)
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2005 - 3:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

and that is pretty much the
***** SPOILER ******

The beloved Mother Superior from Tipperary was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her comfortable. They gave her warm milk to drink, but she refused it.

Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a Christmas gift, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more. Before they knew it, she drank the whole glass down to the last drop.

"Mother," the nuns asked in earnest, "Please give us some wisdom before you die."

Barely audible but with a serene look on her face she said, "Don't sell that cow."


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