Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Memphis Is Home of the Cash Cow

Posted By on Tue, Oct 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Ever heard the rumor that a check written on the side of a cow can be used as legal tender? Well, for starters, it’s an urban legend. But the myth got its start in 1967 after the Memphis Press-Scimitar published a story with the headline: A CHECK CAN BE WRITTEN ON A COW.

Apparently, some intrepid reporter had seen a fictional TV show on the BBC, and took its plot a little too seriously. The show, Misleading Cases, featured a character named Albert Haddock, who attempted to pay his income tax by writing a check on a cow.

For more on this and many other urban legends, go here.

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