Have a random "cow" say a random thing

fortune | cowsay -f $(ls /usr/share/cowsay/cows/ | shuf -n1)
You need to have fortune and cowsay installed. It uses a subshell to list cow files in you cow directory (this folder is default for debian based systems, others might use another folder). you can add it to your .bashrc file to have it great you with something interesting every time you start a new session.
Sample Output
/ Change your thoughts and you change \
\ your world.                         /
  .!!!!!:.                        .:!!!!!!!!!!!!
  ~~~~!!!!!!.                 .:!!!!!!!!!UWWW$$$ 
      :$$NWX!!:           .:!!!!!!XUWW$$$$$$$$$P 
      $$$$$##WX!:      .<!!!!UW$$$$"  $$$$$$$$# 
      $$$$$  $$$UX   :!!UW$$$$$$$$$   4$$$$$* 
      ^$$$B  $$$$\     $$$$$$$$$$$$   d$$R" 
        "*$bd$$$$      '*$$$$$$$$$$$o+#" 
             """"          """"""" 

By: zed
2010-07-08 02:57:52

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In my distro (Arch) the cows directory is /usr/share/cows/
matthewbauer · 594 weeks and 1 day ago
Cool, short and effective!!
arnoldobr · 440 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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