Galbraith’s cow

I don’t know if Cats are up for silly jokes this early in the day but reading about the Keynesian hegemony in Boettke on Hayek reminded me about Boettke’s dinner with Galbraith. The old man entertained a group of young economists and Boettke despite being at odds on most aspects of economics was captivated by his eloquence and wit.

I don’t know if Galbraith told this story at the table but it appeared in a memoire that he wrote about growing up on a farm in Canada. He was dating a young lady and they happened upon a bull and a cow engaged in intimate behaviour. Thinking aloud Galbraith mused “I would like to be doing that” and the young lady replied “Well it’s your cow!”.

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10 Responses to Galbraith’s cow

  1. I’ll raise you a joke:

    An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.

    “Let’s have a party,” she suggested. “Let’s kill a pig.”

    The farmer scratched his grizzled head. “Gee” he finally answered, “I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago.”

  2. Helen

    True story. There was a long line of judges, assistant judges and or possibly judges assistants at a traditional ceremony of the day, a bit of a while back. Captain knows the details. Nek morning as the early risers gathered around the stockies fire (who has been deputised for bush nurse maid duties) one young lawyer observed the stockies inevitable blue heeler engaged in his morning ablutions, which consisted of licking his balls.

    I wish I could do that sez young legal eagle.

    You better pat him first, sez stockie, he might bite.

  3. Nob

    The cow joke was known to every farm kid when I was one.

    Still, I’ve heard worse jokes from economists.

  4. Rohan

    Two friends, one Kiwi girl and one Aussie girl, purchase a ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.

    In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch they need to purchase a bull so that they can breed their own stock. Upon leaving to check out a good prospect, the Aussie tells her friend, “Now, when I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I’ll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home.”

    The Aussie arrives at the man’s ranch, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it.

    After paying him the $599 asking price, she drives to the nearest town to send the Kiwi a telegram to tell her the news.

    She walks into the telegraph office, and says, “I want to send a telegram to my friend telling her that I’ve bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home.”

    The telegraph operator explains that he’ll be glad to help her, and then adds, “It’s just 99 cents a word.”

    Well, after paying for the bull, the Aussie has only $1 left, meaning she’ll only be able to send the Kiwi a one-word message. After thinking for a few minutes, she nods, and says, “I want you to send her the word…’comfortable’.”

    The telegraph operator shakes his head. “How is she ever going to know that you want her to hitch the trailer to your pickup truck and drive out here to haul that bull back to your ranch if you send her the word, ‘comfortable’?”

    The Aussie explains, “My friend is a Kiwi. The word’s big. She’ll read it slowly…out loud… “come-for-ta-bull”.

  5. Jim Rose

    Although he had wrote a lot of books, Galbraith appeared to never publish in journals

  6. Elle

    My Kiwi cuzzie bros can kinda relate. 😉 🙄

  7. Roger

    Galbraith’s best joke was “Economic forecasting makes astrology look respectable”.

  8. A farmer and his wife have run out of money and can’t afford a ram to service the ewes. The wife says to the farmer, “We have no choice – you’ll have to service the sheep.”

    Day after day he performs his duty with no luck. After 2 weeks he is exhausted and is enjoying a well deserved sleep in. He’s rudely awakened by the sound of a horn blasting.

    “What’s that?” he sleepily asks.

    “It’s the sheep.” says his wife. “They’re in the back of the ute and one’s in the driver’s seat blowing the horn.”

  9. When were economists not at odds,I ask myself.
    Obama and Biden were touring New Zealand and on a country road espied a ewe with her head caught in a fence. The host stopped the car and paused to enjoy the windfall opportunity, inviting Obama to follow on. Obama afterwards told Biden it was his turn whereupon Biden put his head in the fence!

  10. Bill

    There’s a similar joke about a young fellow visiting his girlfriend. They are having afternoon tea and her dog decided to sit as dogs do and lick its balls. The young suitor was overcome with embarrassment and confusion and blurted out, “I wish I could do that!” The young dear replied, “Give him a biscuit and he’ll let you.”

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