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The Ankole-Watusi is a breed of African cattle with enormous horns. Like many other animals with headgear, the horns are used for defense, mating, and to relieve their high body temperature. Blood is pumped into the honeycomb matrix inside their horns, where it is cooled off by wind. 

The first photo is by Miloš Anděra.

Three cows (female cattle) in a fight by RLBarn on Flickr. They are only trying to establish dominance, not really hurt each other.

A herd photographed by Charles Hood of Antelope Valley College.

Mama and Calf from Beef Magazine.

Photo by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

Lurch set the world record for largest steer horns. They are 3 feet in circumference, 7 feet long, and 100 pounds each. 

CT Woodie set the record for largest circumfrence of horns in a bull. His horns were uneven and in two out of the three photos I have seen of him, he was standing like that.

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As the wife of the ruler of Dai, Xin Zhui led a life of luxury 2,000 years ago in China. When that life ended at the age of 50, she was wrapped in 20 layers of fine silk, submerged in an “elixir of immortality,” encased in four coffins, surrounded by five tons of charcoal, and entombed fifty feet underground. The body of the “Lady of Dai” has been declared the best-preserved mummy ever seen, with blood that is still liquefied, organs that are still intact, and limbs that are still flexible.

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As the wife of the ruler of Dai, Xin Zhui led a life of luxury 2,000 years ago in China. When that life ended at the age of 50, she was wrapped in 20 layers of fine silk, submerged in an “elixir of immortality,” encased in four coffins, surrounded by five tons of charcoal, and entombed fifty feet underground. The body of the “Lady of Dai” has been declared the best-preserved mummy ever seen, with blood that is still liquefied, organs that are still intact, and limbs that are still flexible.