The Striped Cows of World War II

During World War II, why did British farmers paint white stripes on their cows?

  • A. To brand them
  • B. To distract German planes
  • C. To prevent traffic accidents
  • D. To camouflage them

16% of players knew the correct answer: C., To prevent traffic accidents

During blackout conditions, British farmers painted stripes on their cows to increase their visibility at night, as a way of preventing car accidents should the cows wander onto the road.


Listen and learn more about today's topic with Murray and Tamika.

Question of the Day: The Striped Cows of World War II
During blackout conditions during World War II, the British got creative in maneuvering around in the dark. In this Flashcast, Murray and Tamika explore the different strategies used throughout the war, from striped cows and inflatable tanks, to exploding rats.

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