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(IndyStar)   Christmas just wouldn't be the same in Fishers, Indiana without the annual bull running through town until it's brought down by a sniper's bullet   ( divider line
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2004-12-25 12:33:37 AM  
Ah, the annual "Shoot the bull in the middle of the road Christmas Eve tradition"
2004-12-25 05:23:12 AM  
Someone should ring up Atticus, he might like to participate.

/To Kill a Mockingbird for the illiterate morons amongst the group
2004-12-25 05:23:40 AM  
no offense to the good people of fishers, indiana, but i find it hard to believe that there is a 116th street in a place where livestock often gets loose. are there really at least 116 streets in this city? or do they start arbitrarily at like 92nd? does anyone else actually care besides me?

/not sober
2004-12-25 05:32:51 AM  
My guess is that the streets start at # 100 and move up. It's a trick that a lot of small Saskatchewan towns use to try and make them seem like a big city.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
2004-12-25 05:44:14 AM  
PETA surrenders.
2004-12-25 05:52:48 AM  
FlatEarthSociety.... did a mapquest.... Fishers indiana is a suburb of Indianpolis.... do a mapquest and you will see 116th street in the city goes all the way into Fishers.... and the article says that the slaughterhouse is grandfathered in the middle of the city.
2004-12-25 05:53:25 AM  
Sorry that the spelling is horrible.... haven't slept yet...
2004-12-25 06:46:43 AM  
Fishers was all hog farms 'til about 20 years ago...

Now it's rich, white suburbanites. At least the hogs gave something back to the community.

/Not from Fishers.
//Hungover like a big dog...
2004-12-25 07:24:08 AM  
That's getting near Bob and Tom country!
2004-12-25 07:55:02 AM  
Merry Christmas everyone!

(First-time Fark poster)
2004-12-25 09:05:29 AM  
I buy from that market! Good meat, cheap prices. As the article mentions, it's a grandfathered business. Their location, and the build-up of businesses around it, make it pretty callenging to get a livestock trailer in there. Obviously, not all of the animals go quietly.

And yes, this is Bob and Tom country. They live up in this part of town. The Frigemall building isn't all that far from here. Of course it towers over the landscape, and can be seen from any point in the surrounding counties. ;)

Fishers is a suburb of Indianapolis. The street numbering starts at the center of Indy and works its way up. Indy stops at 96th street and Fishers picks up from there. It's a city of 52,000 and is one of the fastest growing parts of the country. Demographic stuff can be found at
2004-12-25 09:36:27 AM  
I foresee someone getting very banhammered in the near future.
2004-12-25 09:39:15 AM  
Ahh, Fishers. I've lived there for about 6 years now. The headline is soooo right. There's always some type of cattle getting loose and running down the street every year.

I'd hate to clean that mess up. We have around 7-8 inches of snow on the ground in sub freezing temperatures.
2004-12-25 09:48:11 AM  
Was it a black bull?

If so, somebody better alert all the paranoid racist white people living in Carmel that it's now safe to come out of their basements.
2004-12-25 10:02:22 AM  
I'm impressed that it took one shot from a .223 round. (5.56mm, M16 round) I usually hear stories about the police snipers missing their targets, nice to hear one is acually hitting what he aims at.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2004-12-25 10:16:34 AM  
Before refrigerated trucks and railroad cars existed, big cities had stockyards. Trains full of live cattle would roll into the city and the animals would walk off the train and down the street to be slaughtered. Now Boston has a restaurant called the Stockyard instead and the meat comes from out of town.
2004-12-25 10:18:40 AM  
Ahh massagelondon we barely knew ye...
2004-12-25 10:34:58 AM  
Fishers is great... if you like snobbish morons that don't know how to drive, and ridiculous traffic. (Okay, not everyone from Fishers is snobbish; it just is an appearance thing from being adjacent to Carmel)
2004-12-25 10:35:58 AM  
and you guys in Fishers are lucky. I have 19" of snow on the Southeast side of Indy.
2004-12-25 10:45:19 AM  

Police snipers can 0wnZ0r people better now that they have a good training tool!
2004-12-25 10:51:56 AM  

Now it's rich, white suburbanites.

Nah, reserved that for Carmel, land of the perpetual golf course. (Let the stupid local stereotypes begin!)


Fishers is great... if you like snobbish morons that don't know how to drive, and ridiculous traffic.

Awfully amusing coming from a under 25 tech-boy who calls himself libertarian, isn't that?

I prefer to consider Fishers to be the Vinyl Ghetto. Viva la subdivision near work.

2004-12-25 10:53:12 AM  
Ha ... I work with the ex of the guy who runs Archers ... she's probably laughing her ass off about this.

Fishers gets a weird mix of uppity white folks and inner-city.
2004-12-25 12:50:27 PM  
Why does a small town like that have a sniper team?
2004-12-25 01:12:09 PM  
It was a tactical rifle, likely an AR-16 or M-16, not a sniper rifle.

/Picky, self-appointed, Internet gun expert.
2004-12-25 02:07:21 PM  
SquiggsIN--"and you guys in Fishers are lucky. I have 19" of snow on the Southeast side of Indy."

Yeah, everybody south got dumped on pretty well. Not that 12" inches was a relief. I forgot how much shoveling my driveway sucked. Fortunately, that SUV I got for supporting terrorism has 4WD. Granted, I didn't buy it for the status, or to cart kids around to soccer practice. I actually have a need for one to pull 6000lb trailers around. Damn me for being so practical.

And for the record, I'm not a stereotypical Fishers person. I drink beer, will associate with just about everyone, and keep to the right when driving down the interstate.
2004-12-25 03:41:36 PM  
Dammit, Star, there's no such thing as a "1,200-pound bovine." Bovine is an adjective. Just say cow, would you?

And before anyone tries to throw gender in the mix, Merriam-Webster's second definition for cow is, "a domestic bovine animal regardless of sex or age."

/let 'em all go to hell except cave 76.
2004-12-25 06:13:55 PM  
i live in fishers and i work down the street from where this happened and i never heard a thing about it. crazy because fishers isn't that big.
2004-12-25 07:46:49 PM  
heh. I run tests on stuff that comes out of that meat market (and others). Interesting. Wonder if our next sample will be delayed as a result.
2004-12-25 10:11:06 PM  
Just dont get what the fuss was about. Bull gets loose (bovine is all of them,A cow are female that have bred,
A heifer is female that hasnt,A bull is a male that would like to-with anything it sees- A steer is a male that never will -snip snip-) best thing to do was shoot it, but a service pistol will do the job, just got to be closer.
Also keep in mind that a full grown bull will easily go over 1500 lbs.
2004-12-26 01:55:27 AM  
I got hammered in Fishers at a pre-wedding party (I know there's a word, but I'm drinking) and almost went home with and harpooned a cow. Does that count?
2004-12-26 03:23:36 PM  
he-he.... you harpooned your cow
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