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Purple Cow Hits the Big Time

Be sure to check out this Boston Globe article describing how the Purple Cow was selected to join more prominent mascots (heck, some had even been to mascot CAMP) for filming of an ESPN commercial.  Hint: it has something to do with Lee Corso’s experience at College Gameday.  Needless to say, I can’t wait to see the commercial itself: ESPN ads rarely misfire.  Tons more on James Dunn ’10’s experience filming the commercial, including great photos, here.


Purple Cows of America – Entering the Purple Valley


from an old publication for first-years (copyright Williams College)


Purple Cows of America, Reunion Encore

photo copyright Williams College

photo copyright Williams College


Purple Cows of America (and beyond!) Grand Finale

My google tour of purple cow imagery is, sadly, at an end.  But I learned quite a bit about the purple cow oeuvre.  You can wash down your purple cow beer with purple cow wine to get nice and groggy for a trip across the Atlantic to the purple cow theater.  The following morning, you can nurse your purple cow-sized hangover with purple cow pancakes and purple cow coffee, before loading up on purple cow subs at lunch time.    Purple cows come in all shapes and sizes and styles: old school, vulnerable, sartorial, bling-laden, automotive, literary, trippy, hungry, dancing (with Matt Harding at Yahoo!), mailable, mutated, and yes, even sexy.

One thing I knew before, but am even more certain of now: Lord Jeffrey, notwithstanding his perfectly lovely name, is no purple cow — not even close.  And yes, even after seeing thousands of fictional purple cows, more than ever, I hope to see a real one … (could the lovely bovine pictured above be her?).  So, which is your favorite purple cow?

(Thanks to Kim and JG for pointing me to a few of the links noted above).


Purple Cows of America, Part Five

Good luck graduates!


Purple Cows of America, Part Four

It’s Saturday, and I miss football, so here are two football-themed purple cows for the price of one:


Purple Cows of America, Part Three

Purple Cow Road, Crimora, Virginia


Purple Cows of America, Part Two

Some enterprising student should reproduce this image on a t-shirt.  I guarantee it would be a HUGE seller on campus.


As Requested ….

Someone has now posted something today, thereby delaying part 17 of DK’s 793 part series, “my musings on TIPS.”


Spring Street Demolition

From the Images Cinema blog:

The Hopkins Funeral Home is being demolished today. Also on the list to be demolished this week, the former Subway / Purple Pub building. hopkins

If anyone will be taking pictures of the Purple Cow in its last days of existence or during demolition, please post in this thread.


Eph Word of the Day: Palinode

From A.Word.A.Day at





noun: A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem. 


From Greek palinoidia, from palin (again) + oide (song). It’s the same palin that shows up in the word palindrome…


The illustrator and humorist Gelett Burgess (1866-1951) once wrote a poem called The Purple Cow:

I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.

The poem became so popular and he became so closely linked with this single quatrain that he later wrote a palinode:

Confession: and a Portrait, Too,
Upon a Background that I Rue!

Oh, yes, I wrote ‘The Purple Cow,’
I’m sorry now I wrote it!
But I can tell you anyhow,
I’ll kill you if you quote it.


“The more lighthearted palinodes were more successful, such as Geoff Horton’s recantation of his youthful view that a martini should be shaken rather than stirred.”
Jaspitos; I Take It Back; The Spectator (London, UK); Jan 24, 2004.

Items to discuss may include hallucinogens used by Mr. Burgess, the proper construction of a martini, and whether Mrs. Palin will issue a palinode.


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