The Gävle goat: huge straw holiday goat often gets burned down


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Is this an example of…Chekov’s goat?


Seems like it’s purpose-built for harmless fun, and burning makes its removal easier once the holiday period has passed.



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I’ve told those people ‘till I’m blue.
Ya’ gotta’ keep the straw goat out of the booze.


So, kind of like the Wicker Man, but funnier!


A straw goat is a pagan yule symbol that survives as a christmas symbol. I don’t know if my interpretation is correct since I don’t know too much about paganism, but it strikes me that maybe building the goat is the establishment, civic-minded, Christian take on the symbol, and burning it is like suppressed human desire rising up to celebrate yule, maybe mirroring how paganism was suppressed by christianity. Sort of a half-baked analysis but I wonder.
I think there’s a universal appeal to setting shit on fire with your buddies when you’re drunk, though.


Kids, eh?:smirk:


There may be a Black-Ops aspect to this; i.e., “The Men Who Stare At Straw Goats”


I don’t see confidence intervals, hence I’m not confident this chart is useful.


I blame violent video games like Goat Simulator.


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