Saturday, May 14, 2016

Count The Legs And Divide By Four

There's an old joke when counting large groups of animals that you just count all the legs and divide by four.  I thought that would be fun title for these pictures and decided to look to see if there was a story of origin.  Of course there is :-).

The anecdote is attributed to Reub Long, an Oregon rancher.  From Wikipedia...  What an interesting life.  I'm glad I looked!

Once, after standing on the top rails of a corral above the thick dust covering a bunch of running horses, almost all of them paints, he dropped to the ground as the gate swung shut and announced, "By golly, boys, I'm a rich man; I've got 42 head of horses!" A woman standing close by looked at him in utter amazement and blurted out, "How could you count all those horses, Mr. Long ... Why ... There was so much dust you couldn't see your hand in front of your face." Reub looked at the woman almost apologetically and said, "Why it was easy, ma'am, I just counted all the legs and divided by four."[1]  



So how many lambs did Baaxter's mom have this year?


Foxglove Farm, Lexington, Kentucky


18 comments:

Alice said...

31/2? LOL

Cheryl West said...

They are so beautiful! Will you have a Baaxter sibling?

Fiona said...

Yes will you have to have "Rocky" for Bullwinkle ;)

Laurie in Maine said...

"Are these all mine... we're sure?" 4?

Jenny Glen said...

Awww! They are adorable!

Hanny Spierings-van Wijk said...

4 Lambs??

Michelle said...

Four or five? I agree, Bullwinkle needs a Rocky!

farm buddy said...

Too many!! So is she going to raise them all? My quad mom, Dora, is doing well with the three I elected to keep with her.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Quads, will you bottle feed one? :)

sophy0075 said...

They are very cute, and the mommas are understandably proud-looking.

Terry and Linda said...

Oh! My heavens! That is bunch of darling little ones!

Linda

Susan said...

Quads??? How unusual is that?

LannieK said...

Awww ~ Four Baaxter Buddies! The are SO cute!! And such an awesome looking Mom! Rocky must be the one with all the speckles on the back ~ Right? Oh, the fleece ♡ Does Mom have enough milk for Four grOWing Baaxter Buddies?

Lori Skoog said...

4........

Adriene J said...

However many there are, they are so beautiful!

Dreaming said...

I didn't know that sheep could have four youngsters. Wow!

MarmePurl said...

What a good momma!

Lisa Smith said...

Well, I counted 16 legs, so divided by 4, I'd have to guess 4! On my first count I accidentally counted 1 tail, so I knew I was off. That white tail in the middle picture is just so cute!

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