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2009 Year of the Ox

Updated on August 9, 2013

Welcome to the Year of the Ox

The last Year of the Ox was in 2009. And for those who missed this auspicious occasion, it won't return for another 12 years!

This light-hearted lens is devoted to the "Ox" (also known in North America as the "Buffalo"). If you're a fan of humongous heroes, then you probably know all about Paul Bunyan and his famous sidekick and "Cowabunga" cutie named "Babe the Blue Ox".

They are revered animals who symbolize diligence, reliability, sincerity, strength and sound judgment. But, don't expect these lumbering souls to have a sparkling sense of humor or be at all style conscious...it's not part of their precious package!

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Photo Credit: Image of the 2009 Year of the Ox (Australian Silver Lunar Coin).

THE WISE OX KNOWS:

"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."

YEAR OF THE OX - SAFE & SOUND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (Image Credit: rubicon@flickr.com)

YEAR OF THE OX - SAFE & SOUND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (Image Credit: rubicon@flickr.com)
YEAR OF THE OX - SAFE & SOUND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (Image Credit: rubicon@flickr.com)

WHO ARE THESE "OX" FOLK ANYWAY?

In China, oxen are put on a pedestal but in western society the odd one or two are found in china shops, while the rest find their way into America's favorite food, a beef burger.

"Ox", "Buffalo" or "Brown Earth Cow" are people who were born in the following years: 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, and 1997.

Those born under the influence of the "Ox" are said to be stable, persevering, tolerant folks with a strong character.

They seem to enjoy plodding along from day to day without griping or complaining and are seldom associated with flashy, get-rich-quick schemes.

Honest, open-minded, and meticulous when it comes to their responsibilities, "Ox" folk rarely lead you down the garden path or change their minds once they've made a decision...which can make them a tad obstinate according to the other animals in the blessed barnyard of life.

Beneath the placid, easy-going and unpretentious exterior of the "Earth Ox" lies a heart of gold, a modest amount of ambition, and a willingness to bear heavy burdens that might overwhelm others, not to mention a strong sense of loyalty and compassion towards family and friends.

With all this going for them, it's not surprising that they might also have a few niggly, not-so-nice characteristics as well like being a titch stubborn, a teensy-weensy bit too methodical, a little feisty with a fierce sense of competition.

PRICELESS PRESENTS FOR PRECIOUS PEOPLE - A Coin for a Curious Creature Called the Ox

2009 Australian Lunar Series II - Year of the Ox (2 Oz Silver Coin)
2009 Australian Lunar Series II - Year of the Ox (2 Oz Silver Coin)

Silver is always something that increases it's value ...especially in the hands of the wise ox!

 

The Ox (by Ricky Zafra)

The Ox (by Ricky Zafra)
The Ox (by Ricky Zafra)

WISDOM FROM THE OX

Here's a rather fine way to beef up your bookshelf!

Ox (The Chinese Horoscopes Library)
Ox (The Chinese Horoscopes Library)

Collector's item for those who want to learn more about the ox.

 
Children of the Moon: Discover Your Child's Personality Through Chinese Horoscopes
Children of the Moon: Discover Your Child's Personality Through Chinese Horoscopes

A "must have" book for parents who want to know all about the personality of the "ox", "rabbit", "rooster" etc.

 
Simple Chinese Astrology
Simple Chinese Astrology

A primer for those who want to know more about Chinese astrological signs.

 
Tong Sing
Tong Sing

A great source of what's what and who's who in the great barnyard of life.

 
Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment
Riding the Ox Home: Stages on the Path of Enlightenment

If you missed the turn off for the Yellow Brick Road to happiness, fear not just turn left at the Path of Enlightenment to peace.

 

ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OX

Position in the Zodiac: 2nd

Ruling Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 am

Season/Month: Winter, January

Similar to Western Astrological Signs: "Capricorn" with some features of "Taurus"

Gemstone: Onyx

Colors: Yellow and blue

Polarity: Yin

Element: Water

Positive Traits: Calm, dependable, honest, caring, honourable, intelligent, industrious, modest, patient, practical, responsible

Negative Traits: Petty, inflexible, possessive, dogmatic, gullible, stubborn, critical, intolerant, materialistic

Associated With Following Countries: Countries Switzerland, India, Cuba, Yemen, Finland, Ukraine

Very Compatible with Following Animals: Rat, Snake, Rooster

Incompatibile with Following Animals: Tiger, Horse, Goat, Rabbit, Monkey

The Ox

Sturdy, earthy, no-nonsense - that's the Ox. Affectionate and easy-going, the Ox can show a fierce temper when agitated. He is neat, tidy, quiet and studious, with a great love of his home. Music can be a great love. Family life and a loving partner are high on the Ox's priorities. A wonderful loyal friend.

Forecast: The Ox will see an overall improvement in his situation during his birth year, particularly enjoying interaction with others, either with friends and family. A key phrase to bear in mind this year is 'hold fast'. There may be some setbacks or delays, but if the Ox remains calm and persists, all will be well. There will be an opportunity to study and learn (in common with other signs this year) which should appeal to the Ox not to mention the pride that comes with what is achieved. Between May and July there are significant developments on the work front, in particular important talks with a boss or superior, while September to November will see interesting and delightful romantic encounters!

Me...a poka dot personality, you gotta be kidding? (Illustration by Bill Mayer)

Me...a poka dot personality, you gotta be kidding? (Illustration by Bill Mayer)
Me...a poka dot personality, you gotta be kidding? (Illustration by Bill Mayer)

THE FINER POINTS OF FENG SHUI & ANCIENT CHINESE ASTROLOGY

Feng Shui For Skeptics
Feng Shui For Skeptics

For those who don't believe that either art or science could help them to put their house in order.

 
Chinese Astrology: Forecast Your Future from Your Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Astrology: Forecast Your Future from Your Chinese Horoscope

Learn more about the meaning of the traditional animal signs and what the future has in store for you.

 
Joey Yap's Chinese Astrology for 2013
Joey Yap's Chinese Astrology for 2013

A fine compendium to learn more about your Chinese Zodiac sign in 2013.

 
Lillian Too & Jennifer Too Fortune & Feng Shui 2013 Ox
Lillian Too & Jennifer Too Fortune & Feng Shui 2013 Ox

A great guide for the Ox who appreciates the mystery of life and the order of all things for success.

 

(Image Courtesy of Rey Misterio - Juan Molinet's photostream on flickr.com)

(Image Courtesy of Rey Misterio - Juan Molinet's photostream on flickr.com)
(Image Courtesy of Rey Misterio - Juan Molinet's photostream on flickr.com)

BEST CAREERS FOR THE "OX"

In Eastern philosophy, the Ox symbolizes the mastery of human nature and of contemplative learning.

Throughout the Orient, where it was the power that could pull plows and aid in agriculture, it was also a symbol of quiet strength and unassuming kindness.

Since the "Ox" is noted for his ability to work well with his hands (not to mention work hard without breaking a sweat), he is also known for his courage under fire, and his dedication in working towards a goal. The ox prefers a stable occupation in a established institution or investing his talent in building communities or enhancing the health and well-being of others.

-- Archeologist, Academic, Architect, Draftsman, Artist, Interior Designer

-- Carpenter, Engineer, Farmer, Food Processing Specialist,Florist or Horticulturalist, Mechanic

-- Counsellor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath, or Surgeon

-- Army Officer, Banker, Investment Broker, Manager, Real Estate Agent.

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Insert photo credit: Torkum's tribute to the Ox.

OX-IN-A-BOX!

Here are a few out-of-the-ordinary "ox" products and people you probably never heard of before!

THE OX AND THE FROG

"As a Huge Over-Grown Ox was Grazing in a Meadow, an Old Envious Frog that stood Gaping at him hard by , call'd out to her Little Ones, to take Notice of the Bulk of That Monstrous Beast ; and see, says she, if I don't make myself now the Bigger of the Two. So she Strain'd Once, and Twice and went still swelling on and on, till in the conclusion she Forc'd her self, and Burst."

The Moral to this Tale: Betwixt Pride, Envy and Ambtition, men fancy Themselves to be Bigger than they are, and Other People to be Less; and this Tumor Swells itself at last 'till it makes All Fly.

WORDS OF WIT AND WISDOM ABOUT A BIG BEAST OF BURDEN!

While some revere the ox as a powerful symbol of benevolence and strength, others suggest this beast of burden besides being 'brainless' and 'bullheaded' is also a tad boring.

So here are a few quips from the quote gallery to expand your knowledge of the humble ox.

You're as strong as an ox. There's no bull about you! (Anonymous)

"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation." -- W.C. Fields, 20th century American humorist

"I'm as healthy as an ox." -- Julie Gold, American musician

"Yes, they look on their neighbor's ox and ass with covetousness and their own ox and ass with abhorrence," -- from "Possessions are Nine Points of Conversation" by Ogden Nash, 20th century American humorist and poet

"Know the grass isn't always greener on the other side, 'cause I only have horns for you! (Anonymous)

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox." -- Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher

"The ox suffers, the cart complains." -- Victor Hugo, 19th century French author

"I'm glad you're part of my time because you just tell people to moooove over or you'll stomp on them! -- Anonymous

"You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain." -- Bible: Hebrew, Deuteronomy 25:4.

The Act of God designation on all insurance policies... means roughly that you cannot be insured for the accidents that are most likely to happen to you. If your ox kicks a hole in your neighbor's Maserati, however, indemnity is instantaneous. -- Alan Coren, "The Lady from Stalingrad Mansions", 1977

Can Mac OX 10.5 Leopard run in my computer? -- DuyNZ in a thread from a PCWorld online forum.

The sight of Ox Baker is enough to scare the Devil into going to church. -- A. Percival, friend of famed wrestler, Ox Baker

"You call him a Dumb Ox; I tell you that the Dumb Ox will bellow so loud that his bellowing will fill the world." -- St. Albert the Great in reference to celebrated Christian theologian, Thomas Aquinas

"You starveling, you eel-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish!" -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Falstaff, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 2, sc. 4, l. 244-5. Getting his own back by insulting Hal; "neat's tongue" means ox tongue; "stock-fish" was dried cod.

OX TALES

To say that the humble "ox" played a pivotal role in European history might to some appear rather strange, but to the people of Salzberg, this beast is a symbol of courage in the face of adversity.

In the 1500s, an enemy army took over the city of Salzburg, Austria depriving the inhabitants of food and drink. Their cupboards bare with nary a bit of food left, the people were practically ready to surrender until they found a lone ox roaming the streets. They paraded the beast in front of the invaders to prove that they were not hungry. Then, during the night, they painted it black to show that they had more than enough livestock for the people to survive. Completely befuddled, the army retreated, leaving the people of Salzberg in peace.

Who says miracles can't happen to a lad who was larger than life. According to legend, American pioneer, Paul Bunyan and his famous blue ox named "Babe" managed to whack down oodles of timber, straighten out winding rivers, and reshape mountains with his bare hands.

DON'T KNOCK THE OX!

When it comes to making movies about big bovine creatures, the Ox takes the cake!

Many tributes to this testy animal can be found in film vaults around the world.

For those who enjoy a foreign language flavor film there's "The Ox" (1992), the true story of a man's betrayal of family and community during the severe drought of the 1860's in Sweden.

There's one from the National Film Board of Canada entitled "Don't Knock the Ox" (about the "International Ox Pull", highlight of the annual fair held in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia).

For those who adore action, adventure and animation, there's a film that's sure to please you: Dragon Ball: The Ox King on Fire Mountain" (2001).

A classic (1943) western, "The Ox-Bow Incident", (starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn), is a study mob violence. This film (based on a true story) begins with the murder of a popular rancher and reveals what a deadly combination ignorance and self-righteousness can be.

"Iron Ox, the Tiger's Killer" (1974 from Taiwan) is a rather gripping tale of kidnapping and murder not to mention a rather superb display of Kung Fu/martial arts.

"Charlie the Ox" (2004) is an indie-film about incompetent safe-crackers and bad bankrobbers who prove once again that "crime only pays when you work alone".

THIS OX HAS NO EARS, TAIL OR LEGS!

Meet "Oxydendron arboreum" -- common name "Sour Wood".

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Image Credit: mpapeika@flickr.com

YOU MEAN THERE'S MORE THAN ONE KIND OF OX?

Horace Cowslip Jr., Professor Of Pretty Interesting Stuff, (see in the insert illustration to the right), is a graduate of "Oxford University" and the internationally-renowned "Gadzooks Grammar School" in Kickapoo, Illinois.

One of the most interesting lessons learned in this one room school, (frequented by a loose moose known as "Bull Tweety", a beaver named "Mucky Bucky", and shy teacher whom everyone called "Big Foot"), was devoted to animal names beginning with "ox".

For the benefit of those who were absent from school that day, here are the detailed particulars of that lecture, (as recalled fondly by Horace Cowslip Jr.):

Ox Beetle: Strategus antaeus

Ox Ray: Mobula eregoodootenkee

Ox-Eye Herring: Megalops cyprinoides

Ox-Eye Oreo: Allocyttus folletti

Ox-Eye Scad: Selar boops

Ox-Eyed Dory: Oreosoma atlanticum

Ox-Eyed Satyr: Cercyonis pegala boopis

Ox-Heart Clam: Glossocardia agassizii, Meiocardia agassizii

Oxalis White Fly: Aleyrodes shizuokensis

Oxapampa Poison Frog: Epipedobates planipaleae

Oxen: Bison bonasus

Oxen: Bos frontalis

Oxen: Bos javanicus

Domesticated Cow/Oxen: Bos taurus

Oxheart Clam: Glossus humanus

Oxleyan Pygmy Perch: Nannoperca oxleyana

YEAR OF THE OX (Image Credit: thiagobrz@flickr.com)

YEAR OF THE OX (Image Credit: thiagobrz@flickr.com)
YEAR OF THE OX (Image Credit: thiagobrz@flickr.com)

"BIG OX" ROCKS!

Big Boys know that hops don't come without hang-overs!

That's why these daring dudes have no need for suds that make them silly!

Those who want to climb mountains, forge streams, or leap over tall buildings with a single bound go only one thing!

Discerning daredevils know that a kick-ass can of "Big Ox" can do the trick and then some!

This alternative, high-powered portable energy energy beverage has one prized ingredient. It's non-medical oxygen is formulated to accommodate today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles. "Big Ox" canned oxygen contains 89 percent oxygen-enriched air in every can and is available in four refreshing flavors: Citrus Blast, Mountain Mint, Polar Rush and Tropical Breeze.

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Insert Photo Credit: "Big Ox" energy drinks, by basicair at flick.com

BIG BEASTLY BRANDS OF BUBBLY BREW

When it comes to brewing beer, there are no brown cows...but there are oodles of "ox" brands to go round.

In honor of "2009 Year of the Ox", why not have a chinwag and chug-a-lug with friends and family celebrate "Paul Bunyan Days", at the "Blue Ox Beer Festival" in September, or the Red Ox Inn a superb restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada!

If you don't like above mentioned watering hole and gorgeous gourmet, you might want to pop over the pond and drop into the Olde Fat Ox Ye, Holywell, Whitley Bay Tyne and Wear, UK - NE25 0LJ, Tel: (0)1912370964, or The Durham Ox in Crayke, York, Yorkshire, YO61 4TE; Tel: +44 (0)1347 821506.

Or, better yet, why not pick-up a pack of these bodacious beastly brands and throw a couple of thick juicy steaks on the BBQ to wash them down:

-- "Blond Ox", Yellow Rose micro-brewer, San Antonio, Texas

-- "Drunken Ox Ale", a curiously-named custom-made beer for a British beer festival!

-- "King Red Ox Amber Ale", King Brewing Company, Pontiac, Michigan

-- "Old Ox Cart Extra Dry Beer" label circa 1930, Standard Brewing Company, Rochester, New York

-- "Ox Head Ale" label circa 1930, Standard Brewing Company, Rochester, New York

-- Strong Ox Dark Lager/Stout, Coria, Coria

-- "White Ox", James Page Brewing Company, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

-- "White Buffalo Peace Ale", Crested Butte Brewery, Crested Butte, Colorado

Of course if you're the do-it-yourself home-brew type, you'll probably want check out this ripsnorting recipe, "Angry Ox Ale", available online.

Wanna avoid the hangover that comes with too many hops, then go for a can of "Big Ox", (an alternative, high-powered energy drink! "Big Ox" is portable, canned non-medical oxygen used to accommodate today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles. "Big Ox" canned oxygen contains 89 percent oxygen-enriched air in every can and is available in four refreshing flavors: Citrus Blast, Mountain Mint, Polar Rush and Tropical Breeze.

IT'S THE YEAR OF THE BULL IN A CHINA SHOP! (Image Credit: wicked studios@flickr.com)

IN HONOR OF THE CHINESE WATER BUFFALO (Image Credit: Joseph Wu Origami)

IN HONOR OF THE CHINESE WATER BUFFALO (Image Credit: Joseph Wu Origami)
IN HONOR OF THE CHINESE WATER BUFFALO (Image Credit: Joseph Wu Origami)

AN "OXYMORON" ISN'T A DUMB OX!

If an "oxymoron" isn't a dumb ox, then what is it?

An "oxymoron" is figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory things. What sets it apart from other incongruities, opposites or paradoxes is the fact that the placement of the words is used intentionally for rhetorical effect. Often they are used in humor, in drama, or to provoke thought.

The "Oxymoron List" provides a sample of these funny figures of speech: "pretty ugly", "alone together", "deafening silence", "same difference", "jumbo shrimp", "true lies" and "eyes wide shut".

Perhaps a more lightheartead lexicon of these lovely words appears in Mardy Grothe's book entitled, "Oxymoronica - Paradoxical Wit & Wisdom From History's Greatest Wordsmiths". Some of the gems which appear in this titillating tome include:

"He has not a single redeeming defect." Benjamin Disraeli on William Gladstone.

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my Education." Mark Twain.

"He's on a treadmill to Bolivia"

"She was born on a silver platter."

"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything." John Kenneth Galbraith.

"Hatreds are the cinders of affection." Sir Walter Raleigh.

"I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?" Benjamin Disraeli.

"What you get free costs too much." Jean Anouilh.

"Deader than a door knob."

"Ox House": An old English term meaning an elderly man who marries a young girl.

THE OX'S STORY A CHRISTMAS TALE by Mary Naylor

Listen brothers, sisters, said the Ox, for I have a story to tell.

One freezing, cold, night, long ago, a man helped his wife, who was

Heavy with child, to lay down in the straw of this very stable.

All the animals gathered near, the cows, the oxen and the sheep,

To block off the wind, and, on that bitterly cold, night,

A tiny Baby was born. A halo shone round

His head, more radiant than any the star's.

Angels singing in voices full of reverence and joy,

Announced that to men, a King had been born!

But, brothers and sisters, it was not men

Who gathered round to shelter Him

It was not men who shared their living warmth with Him,

It was such as you and me. And as we watched

Him sleep, we kept the icy wind and cold from Him.

Therefore, is He not our King, too?

And so every Christmas in the frozen, star-lit night,

The animals gather close around the ox, to hear again, the story

Of the Baby King and the animals that kept Him warm.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE OX, THE WEST WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SETTLED! (Image Courtesy of debaird@flickr.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE OX, THE WEST WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SETTLED! (Image Courtesy of debaird@flickr.
IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE OX, THE WEST WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN SETTLED! (Image Courtesy of debaird@flickr.

DON'T BAMBOOZLE ME WITH THOSE BIG WORDS!

Have you ever wanted to bring down a peg or two that boaster, braggart, or too big for your britches who bugs you?

Well, just ask them to tell you the meaning of the following words:

Ox gall n. bile that is usually obtained from cows, when mixed with alcohol it may be used as the wetting agent in marbling, engraving, lithography, and watercolor painting. It is a greenish-brown liquid mixture containing cholesterol, lecithin, taurocholic acid, and glycoholic acid. (Source: Wikipedia)

oxgang n. an old land measurement equivalent to the amount of land one ox could cultivate, i.e. approximately 15 acres

oxgoad n. a hand-held device used to poke or prod the ox to move

Oxonian - n. a student or graduate of Oxford University

oxlip n., Middle English oxeslippefr., Old English oxanslyppe lit. - ox dung; later meaning - a Eurasian primula

oxter n. chiefly Scottish and Irish word meaning armpit or arm

oxyuriasis n. infestation with a disease caused by pinworms

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Image Credit: bccanada92@flick.com

THAT'S UDDERLY RIDICULOUS!

Wikipedia indicates that "cattle, colloquially referred to as cows (though technically cow refers only to female bovines), are domesticated ungulates, a member of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae.

They are raised as livestock for meat (called beef and veal), dairy products (milk), leather and as draft animals (pulling carts, plows and the like). In some countries, such as India, they are honored in religious ceremonies and revered. It is estimated that there are 1.3 billion cattle in the world today."

Oxen are simply cattle, (usually adult, castrated males), frequently trained as draft animals and more often than not referred to as "beasts of burden".

So to make a long story short, here are some simple answers to some very perplexing, politically-charged conundrums involving cows and steers not to mention a whole host of enterprising individuals, corporations, and governments (who more than likely came up with all these cock and bull definitions).

COMMUNISM

You have 2 cows.

The State takes both and makes you queue up to get some milk.

BUREAUCRATISM

You have 2 cows.

The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away...

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM

You have two cows.

You sell one and buy a bull.

Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.

You sell them and retire on the income.

SURREALISM

You have two giraffes (because you don't have a clue what cows look like).

The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

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Image Credit: robincrossman.tv/cartoon-cown-comic-drawing-ice-cream-comical-cow-funny-cow.png

PITHY PONDERING: If a cow laughed, would milk come out its nose?

PITHY PONDERING: If a cow laughed, would milk come out its nose?
PITHY PONDERING: If a cow laughed, would milk come out its nose?

GREETINGS FROM GLAD-HANDING GUESTS - Think of something nice to say to keep "Babe" the Blue Ox happy!

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      You certainly have a lot about the year of the ox here.

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      Christene-S 8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      SUKO MY FRIEND R A TRUE IDIOT!!!!!!!!!

      :@) <--- It an ox lol. oh and SUKO.....get a LIFE!!!!!!!!!

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      brucecosmo 8 years ago

      Thanks for your precious time

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      MyChildCreatesowner 8 years ago

      great lens, you put a lot of work into it...well done

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      Smartshops 8 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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      conversations 8 years ago

      cool lens..did u know ox = castrated bull...i didnt know that till my dad told me this year..hope the stock market will be like this year..."ox" run! :p

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Great lens, fun! *****

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      Suko 8 years ago

      Hmmmmmmmmmm . . . I will think outside of the Ox (sorry, couldn't resist) and say that this is one ox-ilicious lens! I'm an Ox--are you? I'm looking forward to "my year" and thank you for all the hard work that went into this lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Amazing lens. 5*'s. Pity I cannot make than a 10*.

      I am a fan for life!

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      denask 8 years ago

      Great lens

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      Wow! I leave the lens knowing a lot more than when I arrived - well at least about the Year of the Ox! 5* if anything is. Very interesting.

      Mike.

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      TimeHacker 8 years ago

      Very well done and very informative lens, 5* for you :)

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      Stepgree 8 years ago

      Where on earth did you get all this information? A true ox expert.

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      singaporehosting 8 years ago

      Lovely! As a chinese, I must say that your lenses cover even far more than what I know about the Year of the Ox :)

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      wayfarer lm 8 years ago

      Cool lens! Definitely everything you wanted to know about the Year of the Ox.

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      Barry Wah Lee 8 years ago from Auckland

      Very satisfying,so many angles to take it.But what about some OX sized outfits?

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      Steve-SEO-UK 8 years ago

      Very well put together and informative lens.

      Thank you. 5*

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      kathieleeb 8 years ago

      Wow! What a terrific lens!

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      mariatjader 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! It is my year as well, horns up!

      I especially liked your selection of plants with the prefix "Ox".

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is one of those lenses where I think "Gee, why didn't I think of that as a topic!" Great lens. 5 moos for you!

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      Ravyn LM 8 years ago

      brillient! 5*

      (and the CAPTCHA I have for this is oddly enough "gigglecow")

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Beautifully done... Happy New Year!

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      AndrewGreen LM 8 years ago

      Good light heared info. Nice Lens.

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      zachsamson123 8 years ago

      Thank you for this informative and very detailed lens. Happy 2009

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      Czarque 8 years ago

      Thanks, I just learnt that I was born in a year of the Ox (1973). What an interesting lens!

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      diggyisking 8 years ago

      I was born in the year of the tiger:)

      Not a good match it is then;) Nice lens!

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      SteveAtkinson 8 years ago

      Love the lens.

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      What a wonderful, imaginative lens!! Entertaining and I learned something too.

      Great job!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      its my year yehey...

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Very neat lens! 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      sylvia88 8 years ago

      excellent lens ! complete information...many thanks !

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      bgamall lm 8 years ago

      I name you the guru of Oxology. BTW, capitalism is where wall street tell you to touch your toes and then, well, we all know what happens then don't we?

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      clafun08 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for the information about ox year! I am happy to know I was born in a year which is compatible with ox year. Lucky ox year for me!

      China is a fantastic country with so much mystery waiting for you to explore!

      I have two lenses on traveling in China. Come to have a look!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hey I never thought that OX could have so many threads and all i can say is Kung Hei Fat Choi and wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year for 26 Jan 2009 and maybe give you a Red envelope with some lucky money (new and crisp notes only)

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      Lakota429 8 years ago

      Very interesting! Great job on a top notch lens! 5 stars and a favorite!! Annie~

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Very interesting info plus brilliant photographs = 5*

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      K Linda 8 years ago

      So 2009 is the year of the ox? I'm glad the calm, dependable ox is in control. We need that about now. I'm also glad the ox is compatible with the rooster, my year. This is a very interesting lens. 5*'s. Here's hoping the year of the ox is good for us all!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to gabrielangel] I agree. And hope it would be. For now, we have to work hard, save money, and think positive

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      gabrielangel 8 years ago

      2009 looks like it will be a good year. I'm more than sure that the economy will start to turn around and a little change of office will help boost confidence.

      Very well written by the way.

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining "Squidoo's Wild Animal Kingdom". 5 stars and featured as one of our first members..

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      5* for some great [and fascinating] information on cattle. Who'd a thunk it? I mean, a captivating lens on cattle sounds more like an OXymoron to me...

      Heh, heh, heh :o)

      Http://www.squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      elishadavis 8 years ago

      nice lens! i didnt know there are so many things to learn about the ox, like some plants that starts with ox and those "out in the box" products.

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      stephen001 lm 8 years ago

      Really great lens. 5* and favorated. I have been writing about latest technology and recent inventions on squidoo. If you can give some of your feedback over this it will be helpful for me.

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      Aika 8 years ago

      This is my year! Thanks for the advance celebration. :)

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Very good information on the ox. Now I know a lot about this animal.

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Very informative! Thanks for sharing such a great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow, too early for next year. Rewarded 5*!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Cool lens. I have one on the year of the dog, which I was born in. My mom is a year of the ox person. 1950

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      coopd 8 years ago

      Terrific lens! Welcome to the Nature Lovers group :)