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No One Knew Why Cows Were Vanishing From This Ranch In The ’20s Until Ranchers Found This!

During the 1920s in the town of Elko, Nevada, something strange was happening. For a few months, cows from the Utah Construction Company Ranch were disappearing. Every so often one or two of the UC-branded cows would disappear, with no clues as to how; no signs of cattle rustlers or predators. The ranchers were stumped, until one day when a few of the cowboys decided to follow a trail of hoof prints.

After following the trail for sometime the cowboys came across their missing cattle being led away by a notorious trouble maker named J.R. “Crazy Tex” Hazelwood. The ranchers apprehended Crazy Tex, and that’s when they noticed the pecuilar shoes he was wearing. Attached to his feet were two boards mounted on top of two cow hoofs each! The ranchers then realized why they hadn’t seen any human tracks.

According to local historian Howard Hickson, Tex wasn’t remorseful of his crimes, and actually bragged about how he had perfected his cow walk. Tex was eventually arrested, and served a few years in jail. The shoes, now on display at the Northeastern Nevada Museum, are a reminder of the cunning crime by one cattle rustler.

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Gustav Wilhelm was born and raised on the fishing vessel, the Plucky Pinniped. Like his parents, Gustav spent much of his life at sea, reading a weathered copy of A Farewell to Arms, curating his magnificent beard, and as one might expect, fishing. After a particularly violent ocean storm left Gustav marooned on a deserted island, he befriended a pair of penguin chicks – Sidney and Evgeni – who took up residence in his luscious beard. Adapting to his new terrestrial life, Gustav took up blogging with hope of one day returning to the sea.