Skull Cow Isn't Real, It Can't Hurt You

Skull Cow Isn't Real, It Can't Hurt You

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Skull Cow Isn't Real, It Can't Hurt You refers to a viral joke turned snowclone in which a therapist attempts to convince their patient to stop fixating on a menacing-looking cow. Written by Twitter user @Probgoblin in April 2018, in February 2019 the joke has become a snowclone format used for photographs of bizarre-looking cows and otherwise cursed images.

Origin

On August 13th, 2014, Redditor[1] JollyElnglishman posted an image of a cow with a skull-shaped pattern on its head to /r/mildlyinteresting subreddit. The post gained over 2,700 upvotes in six months, with Imgur[2] post gaining over 4,200 points.


picture of a brown cow with a white mark on its head resembling a skull

On April 18th, 2018, Twitter[3] user @Probgoblin tweeted a joke about a therapist attempting to convince their client that "Skull Cow" isn't real and that it can't hurt them. The tweet gained over 24,300 retweets and 95,000 likes in ten months.


tweet about a therapist trying to convince their patient skull cow doesn't exist followed by a picture of a cow with a skull shaped mark on its head

Spread

In the following months, the screenshot of the tweet was posted multiple times on Reddit[4][5] and other online platforms.[6]

Resurgence

Starting February 18th, 2019, various jokes based on the format were posted by Reddit users. On February 18th, Redditor[7] Egg_Boye uploaded the first known derivative meme featuring "long cow" (shown below, left). The post gained over 4,000 upvotes in ten days. On February 19th, Redditor[8] Craig__Christ posted a meme featuring "chad cow" which received over 13,400 upvotes.


therapist trying to convince their patient long cow doesn't exist followed by a picture of two cows standing behind a building in a way that makes them appear as one cow with a long body therapist trying to convince their patient chad cow doesn't exist followed by a picture of a massive muscular cow

In the following days, more variations of the meme, mostly featuring various unnaturally-looking cows and disproportionate objects, were posted on Reddit.

Various Examples


Therapist: Tall cow isn't real, and he can't huri you. Tall cow: Therapist: invisible cow isn't real, he can't hurt you invisible cow: Therapist: Tall chest isn't real, he can't hurt you. Tall chest
Therapist: Sphere cow isn't real, he can't hurt you. sphere cow: Polygonal cow is Therapist: hurt you Polygonal Cow: n't real, he cant

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Nymanator
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in reply to tino768

It actually makes a little sense. Scavengers would generally carry off the other bones that actually have some useful meat attached to their nests or dens to do some munching, while skulls usually aren't worth the trouble.

So the answer is probably that the body did die there, it just got carried off elsewhere rather than the skull.

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