About "domestication syndrome". Only elephants have floppy ears in the wild. Dogs, rabbits, foxes, pigs, sheep, goats, etc have floppy ears only when domesticated. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a huge Yule Goat made of straw errected in the days before christmas in the town of GΓ€vle, Sweden. There are many security messures to keep it standing as, since it's first appearance in 1966, it has been destroyed 37 times. Most times by arson. visitgavle.se/en/about-ga…
Country music became popular in America partially through a pirate radio station of a quack doctor based out Kansas who built a fortune on a procedure to implant goat testicles into men's scrotums. muddyrootsrecords.com/mr_…
Emperor Wu of Jin had so many women he could choose to sleep with, that he didn't know who to choose. So, he rode a small cart pulled by a goat and he would sleep with whichever woman managed to stop the goat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Goats are completely immune to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. They love the stuff and can eat several pounds a day. npr.org/sections/goatsand…
The vikings believed in valhalla they would get endless beer from a magical goats udder. vinepair.com/wine-blog/de…
There have been documented cases of human children being raised by various animals, including Monkeys, wolves, dogs, bears, sheep, goats, cattle and ostriches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a 3 ton annual Christmas display in the Swedish town of GΓ€vle that has been a target for vandals since the tradition started. Damaging the goat carries a minimum 3 month prison sentence and vandals have gone as far as hacking into the security cameras to disable them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ€v…
Buzkashi, a central Asian no holds bar game and national sport of Afghanistan, is played on horseback and the object of the game is to get a headless legless goat carcass, that can weight up to 90 pounds, into a goal hole. youtu.be/7vGmion3fWM
Washington Irving gave New York the nickname Gotham (Goat's Town in Anglo-Saxon), comparing it to a tale of an English village where the people pretended to be crazy to fool King John mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Goats have rectangular pupils. This grants them panoramic vision which can detect intruders approaching from various directions. zmescience.com/ecology/an…
Today I learned about Buzkashi, a popular game in many central asian countries which involves scooping up a 50kg calf or goat carcass while riding a horse and depositing it into a β€œgoal” all while defending yourself from other players with a whip. Games can last for a day or more. wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzkas…
The first baby stroller was made in 1733. The Duke of Devonshire asked architect William Kent to build a means of transport for his young children, and Kent constructed a shell shaped basket on wheels for children to sit in. It was richly decorated, and meant to be pulled by a goat or small pony en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Scientists managed to mix goats with spider silk genes and now they can produce spider silk in their milk. bbc.com/news/av/science-e…
In the town of Lajitas, their mayor is a goat that drinks beer that goes by the name of Clay Henry III roadsideamerica.com/story…
Goats prefer happy people. They can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people. phys.org/news/2018-08-goa…
Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man. bbc.co.uk/news/av/science…
Today I learned of Kok Boru, a traditional game from Kyrgyzstan where players on horseback maneuver with a goat’s carcass and score by putting it into opponents’ goal. journalofnomads.com/kok-b…
A Judas goat is a trained goat that herds or leads its peers. In stockyards, a Judas goat will lead sheep to slaughter, while its own life is spared. Judas goats can also be used by hunters to find and capture feral herds. There are also Judas steers for cows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Quack Doctor John R. Brinkley amassed a great fortune in the 1930s by performing an operation which transplanted goat testicles into humans as a cure for impotence. historynet.com/john-r-bri…
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive. fox17online.com/2017/10/1…
Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan. Horse-mounted players attempt to throw a goat or calf carcass in a goal. youtu.be/1JUn8MsEyPs
Today I learned of the Central Asian sport Buzkashi ("Goat Pulling"), football/soccer but on horseback with a decapitated carcass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buz…
A Utah State University professor engineered goats that have two key genes that allow a spider to weave their silk inserted into their genetic code. The result is goats that produce milk that contain spider silk proteins. ksl.com/article/46307767/…
Goats can rotate their eyes so that their rectangular pupils stay horizontal with the ground when bending over to eat. zmescience.com/ecology/an…
Goats have horizontal, slit-shaped pupils. Because goats' irises are usually pale, their contrasting pupils are much more noticeable than in animals such as cattle, deer, most horses and many sheep. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa…
Today I learned about the Monty Hall Problem: You're on a game show. There are 3 doors, a prize is behind one and goats behind two. You pick one, then the host opens one of the other doors revealing a goat and that door is removed. Host then asks if you want to switch your pick. You should ALWAYS switch! betterexplained.com/artic…
Also a vast range of non-human animals (lemurs, goats, deers, monkeys) get high on purpose, mostly by using psychedelic mushrooms and roots. kahpi.net/high-kingdom-ps…
Today I learned of Sidney Gottlieb, who headed the CIA’s MK-Ultra LSD mind control experiments. Known as the "Black Sorcerer" and the "Dirty Trickster,” he retired to an ecologically friendly home, where he raised goats, ate yogurt and advocated peace and environmentalism. He also ran a leper hospital in India. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
Dr. William Dove was able to produce unicorn (single-horn) rams, goats, and a bull in 1930 by moving the un-anchored horn buds of the animal and trimming them so that they fit together. Dove reported that his unicorn bull became the leader of its herd and was very rarely challenged by others. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders at University of Wyoming. These goats had a gene transplanted in them. The transplanted gene meant the goats produced milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
Goats who misbehave are often forced to wear foam pool noodles to cover their horns. boredpanda.com/goat-horns…
The Sheriff of Nottingham from the Disney version of Robin Hood was supposed to be a goat, but was changed to a wolf because the director wanted to stick to traditional animal stereotypes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
A man who made a fortune transplanting goat testicles into humans nearly became governor of Kansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Australia aren't the only nation to go to war with an invasive species. Ecuador fought a war with 200000 goats, using helicopter borne marksmen and insurgent goats. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Even horses get nervous when they are about to participate in a race, and the jockeys bring goats that calm the horse down courier-journal.com/story…
Today I learned of Fred, a New Jersey goat who was blamed for freeing over 60 animals from a livestock auction pen. Fred had escaped the auction house a year prior. After some of the animals were rounded up, Fred was seen headbutting the gate, leading the auction house manager to suspect Fred as the culprit. nypost.com/2018/08/09/rog…
In 1825, a British geologist went to Sicily and examined the remains of a female saint. He concluded that they weren’t human and likely belonged to a goat. He told the priests, who kicked him out and then placed the bones into a casket to prevent future study. commons.mtholyoke.edu/art…
Kid gloves are gloves made out of soft leather made from kids (young goats) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kid…
Kyrgyzstanβ€˜s national sport is tossing a headless goat carcass from horseback into a giant ring. offbeattravelling.com/dea…
The term scapegoat comes from an old Jewish ritual where they would put all the sins of the townspeople onto a goat and then banish that goat from town sending the burden of their sins with it. myjewishlearning.com/arti…
In Vermont, debtors are allowed to hold onto 1 cow, 2 goats and 3 swarms of bees from debt collectors. consumerist.com/2013/10/1…
In 1974, the city of Spokane installed Garbage-Eating Goat Statue. The metal goat sculpture has a vacuum inside that allows the goat to β€œeat” small pieces of garbage as part of a creative solution to eliminating litter. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
A maximum-security prison in Uganda has a soccer league (run and played by prisoners), with an annual soccer tournament. The tournament is taken very seriously; they have a uniforms, referees, cleats, and a 30-page constitution. The winning team gets prizes such as soap, sugar, and a goat. theguardian.com/football/…
In 2017, a dog named Odin refused to leave his flock of goats behind during the California Tubbs Fire as his owners fled to safety. Days later, the owners came back to their property to find Odin survived and managed to keep all the goats alive. sacbee.com/news/state/cal…
A team of 500 goats helped save the Ronald Reagan library in California from wildfires, by eating through 13 acres of surrounding scrubland. This created a vital fire break. theguardian.com/us-news/2…
A goat named β€œBig Boy” escaped from an Ohio farm and headbutted through a glass door in a local home & was found in the bathroom. Failing to get lured out by carrots, dog bone & grass, he was led out by the horns. The family's home insurance covers damage from deer & bears but not goats. abcnews.go.com/US/goat-br…
Today I learned of the GΓ€vle Goat, a straw goat put up and burned almost every year since 1966 in GΓ€vle Sweden. One problem though: the owners hate it when people burn it down and doing so can carry a prison sentence of up to 3 months. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
To call someone a goat (ΠΊΠΎΠ·Ρ‘Π») in Russia is one of the worst insults. It has a criminal connotation and people got harmed and even killed over it. old.prison.org/english/rp…
The meaning of β€œscapegoat” derives from the Old Testament, first appearing in Leviticus, in which a goat is designated to be cast into the desert to carry away the sins of the community. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sca…

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