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MOBIUS
04-12-2006, 15:21:42
Goat guarded from festive vandals

Arsonists who enjoy burning down a festive Swedish straw goat may have met their match this year.

In the 40 years since the tradition started, the giant goat of Gavle has often gone up in flames within days.

But this year the 13-metre (43ft) high goat has a coat of flame-resistant chemicals, and the authorities are determined it will see in the New Year.

"No-one is going to get our goat this year," says a local spokeswoman with confidence.

Those who remain concerned can reassure themselves of the goat's wellbeing by watching on the "goatcam".

Gruff justice

Just 10 of the goats, which are built in the town's central square, have survived beyond Christmas since 1966.

Some have been burnt down within hours of being erected during the first week of December.

The culprits are seldom caught. However, a 51-year-old American tourist spent 18 days in jail after being convicted of setting it alight in December 2001.

It is not the first time authorities have put their faith in a flame-proof coating - a substance tried before washed off in the rain.

This one is waterproof, says Gavle spokeswoman Anna Oestman, and while its paws could still be singed, a full scale torching would now be "impossible".

Goats have a special place in Swedish tradition, and it was a goat which in earlier centuries delivered festive gifts before Santa Claus took over that role.

Goatcam! (http://www.merjuligavle.se/merjuligavle/mjig_Bocken.aspx?id=52)

They did a good job on the Goat puns, only a 'Billie' no-mates would be able to find the time to come up with any extra ones...

Funko
04-12-2006, 15:42:13
People will just see that as a challenge, I bet it doesn't last a week.

maroule
04-12-2006, 15:44:11
before it gets pregnant?

Drekkus
04-12-2006, 16:03:48
it's still standing.

Scabrous Birdseed
04-12-2006, 16:42:46
Originally posted by Funko
People will just see that as a challenge, I bet it doesn't last a week.

As usual, then. They try some new type of flame-proofing every year, this one apparently is some american air force one designed to withstand napalm. It's made the yellow hay an unpleasant charcoal beige colour.

Drekkus
04-12-2006, 16:46:35
Clever arsenists would have hidden themselves inside this 'goat'. By darkness they could burn it from the inside, and then conquer the town!!

MOBIUS
04-12-2006, 16:48:27
Just as long as they get out of the goat first before setting fire to it!:bounce:

MOBIUS
04-12-2006, 16:49:07
'Arsenist'

Isn't that an Arsenal supporter?:cute:

Drekkus
04-12-2006, 16:53:47
someone who sets his own arse on fire.

MOBIUS
04-12-2006, 16:54:52
Definitely an Arsenal fan!:D

Drekkus
27-12-2006, 15:40:56
So is that cam still active? Has the goat survived Christmas? Yaay!

Frozen Frog
27-12-2006, 16:30:24
I say three of four well placed flaming arrows should do the job.

Oerdin
27-12-2006, 19:24:29
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
As usual, then. They try some new type of flame-proofing every year, this one apparently is some american air force one designed to withstand napalm. It's made the yellow hay an unpleasant charcoal beige colour.

I think it would be funny, in a morbid way, if it turns out that stuff causes cancer.

notyoueither
28-12-2006, 02:09:46
It looks like a terrier.

Funko
29-12-2006, 12:56:46
Did it survive?

Scabrous Birdseed
29-12-2006, 18:38:51
So far, yes. Last time it did was in in 2002. In 1969 it was burned down on new year's eve, though, so there's still time.

Funko
02-01-2007, 09:26:56
ok it's the new year, another Goatupdate please

Scabrous Birdseed
02-01-2007, 10:06:26
Well, it's made it and has been taken down. It should stay up until 20th day Knut (traditional swedish end of chirstimas) I think.

Debaser
02-01-2007, 20:30:36
What's the point of making it from straw if they don't burn it in the end? It's retarded.

Colon
02-01-2007, 21:09:30
I was having the exact same thought. I though the point was to burn it down on NYE.

Scabrous Birdseed
02-01-2007, 21:57:28
And what about the human sacrifice that's meant to be locked into the straw goat?

Oerdin
02-01-2007, 22:32:56
Fucking Swedes. They just don't have to nerve to loot and burn things any more.

the Fin
02-01-2007, 22:37:49
20th day Knut i think that's funny

the Fin
02-01-2007, 22:39:08
Tjugondag Knut
Tjugondag Knut
Tjugondag Knut
Tjugondag Knut
Tjugondag Knut
Tjugondag Knut
beats chipknip

Oerdin
02-01-2007, 22:45:49
You nipped a cow chip?

Funko
03-01-2007, 09:02:07
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
And what about the human sacrifice that's meant to be locked into the straw goat?

What about it?

Scabrous Birdseed
03-01-2007, 09:32:15
Won't he be dissapointed if the Goat isn't burned down?

Funko
03-01-2007, 09:32:54
Ah ok, yes, totally. Burn them both.

Drekkus
03-01-2007, 11:10:21
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
And what about the human sacrifice that's meant to be locked into the straw goat? it's not a sacrifice if it's not sacrificed.