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The domestic goat (Capra hircus) was the first animal to train humans into protecting them full-time. The species is believed to have been first domesticated around 10,000-12,000 years ago in both the Zagros Mountains of modern-day Iran and in Anatolia along the Euphrates River. Since the dawn of time, through the modern day, man has admired the beauty of the goat.
Goat milk is extremely rich and hypoallergenic, making it more useful for nourishing human (and other) infants than cow's milk. For feeding babies, goat milk is traditionally regarded as the next best thing to breast milk, and historically it has been common in rural communities for mothers who had problems lactating to use a goat to suckle their children instead. Goats can become so accustomed to this that they come running when they hear the baby cry. In Nigeria goat-head stew is a popular and stylish dish.
Goat milk is also famous for cheese-making, especially French chèvre and Greek feta. Goat cheese tastes delicious on pizza, specifically white pizza... with red peppers and grilled chicken.
After being weaned, goats, themselves, eat primarily plant matter, including paper products. The common misconception of goats eating tin cans may have been started by people watching a goat scavenging for the labels or licking the label glue.
Poetry which uses none of the above words. "Tom Murphy's Goat", by Oliver Thomas, rhymes it with "throat"… twice. But it's Australian.
There has been much debate about what term to use for the union of goat and (usually) man. Some have opposed "marriage" as diluting the traditionally non-bestial nature of the institution. Also, many oppose granting spousal rights to goats. Others have proposed "covenant" unions, in which the relationship cannot be broken (except in times of famine).
Sometimes it has been necessary to use the law to help men "do the right thing". In one case, after being caught having relations with a goat named Rose, a Sudanese man was obliged to marry her. Unfortunately, the BBC has recently reported that the goat died after choking on a plastic bag. The goat was apparently female so, to the relief of many, there is no suggestion that the relationship may have been homosexual.
It should be noted that as of yet there has been no debate over marriage between goats. Uwiha Ch'uyay, a December 27 family tradition, is the sheep and goat wedding ceremony of Bolivia. The ritual often includes lighting candles, dabbing the animals' faces with blood, adorning them with flowers and corralling them into male and female pairs of either goats or sheep for a wedding. Throughout the ceremony, folk songs are sung to the couples. They are then force fed cocoa.
Goats, themselves, subscribe to a polygamous marriage system, in that a billy goat will control a small group of nannies (termed "the harem"), and mates with any of his nannies who he discovers are in oestrus. Polygamy in animals (goats or otherwise) is popularly anthropomorphized as having the dominant male lording over the members of his harem, but, in goats, at least, the billy goat actually has very little ability to control the behavior of his wives beyond limiting who gets to mate with them (namely, him). It is possibly of note that goats have pretty eyes and some have beautiful eyelashes. this may explain some of the events described above. Possibly.
Datinggoat personal ads. These enable you to find the goat of your dreams and start a long and fulfilling relationship.
Falker Satherhood is a holiday that is celebrated each year on May 5th. It originated in the tiny Eastern European country of Belgrid to commemorate the beginning of spring and the annual "Dancing Ritual of the Goats" or so we imagine.
Kid porn (sometimes incorrectly referred to as "kitty porn") has become a near-obsession with such notables as NBC Dateline correspondent Chris Hansen, host of To Catch a Predator. The show's stated goal is to use a so-called "Judas goat" (a young goat called a "kid") to trap a sick old goat. Producers first bait goat traps on MySpace and FaceBook with photos and bios of kids, and then film the take-downs of horny old goats for national entertainment.
There is no truth to the rumor that Chris Hansen keeps unedited copies of these take-downs in his special bedroom DVD collection. Since the magnetic field of his vibrator damaged his VHS tape collection, he
hides stores his videos separately.
Other inter-species relationships
In one Chinese zoo a wolf and a goat have formed a "close friendship" and are now inseparable. According to Ananova: "Since being put together, the wolf and the goat have done everything together - except share meals. The wolf sticks to his meat while the goat enjoys a vegetable diet."
Greek mythology is rife with cross-species sexual relationships.
Mickey Kaus has not denied rumours of a goat relationship.
It was reported 4 September 2007 that Nepal Airlines had goats sacrificed to the Hindu sky god Akash Bhairab in order to ensure that their aircraft - specifically, their two Boeing 757s - would stop malfunctioning. The scientific nature of this experiment in aircraft maintenance is still under investigation.
See John R. Brinkley.
Reason for not running for President
After Glenn Beck's 28 August 2010 rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dick Armey was interviewed about the Tea Party movement. During the interview, he was asked if he was considering a run for the presidency. His response: "Oh, no, no, no, no. I’ve got 34 goats that depend on me daily. I couldn’t be away that long."
Professional exposure to goats increases five time the relative risk of getting a specific type of lung cancer compared to other types of lung cancer. There's no data on amateur exposure, though.
Goats v. terrorism
When the "leader of the free world" learned that the greatest terrorist attack in history had been inflicted on his country, you would have thought that he would have leapt into action. Not George W. Bush, he insisted on listening to a group of Florida schoolchildren finish reading The Pet Goat.
Some other stuff
Creationists believe that goats co-existed with dinosaurs, since goats appear in historic hieroglyphs.
What to do with a Goat and a stool
Upon the stool you sit, and milk the goat a goodly bit. Then you'll be three tenths toward your certificate of Capra hircus-vaccimulgence.
Otherwise, you should avoid stepping in goat stool.
In the Greek Pantheon, Pan, son of Hermes, is the god of goats (and of goatherds and travelers in the wilderness). At least he was. According to the Greek historian Plutarch, Pan died sometime during the reign of Roman Emperor Tiberius (14-37C.E.). The nature of Pan's death might be viewed with suspicion if one considers the events taking place in ancient Palestine during that same time period, or that the death of Pan may have been staged as a part of a ritual in one of the many many mysterious Eleusinian Mysteries of the Eleusinian Mystery Cults. Also, because the modern world seems to lack satyrs, it is possible that a coordinated genocide took place at this time.
Goats have also made it into the stars due to their representative, the constellation Capricornus. Or, half of a goat, at least, as Capricornus is referred to as "The Sea Goat" (no relation to goatfish), and having the fore-section of a billy goat, with the hind-quarters of a fish. Oddly enough, some allege that Capricornus represents Amalthea, either the magical nanny goat of the nymph who raised Zeus, or the nanny-goat herself, having been placed in the sky by Zeus in order to assuage his guilt over having killed and skinned the goat who was his beloved wetnurse. Of course, those who allege that Capricornus is Amalthea never bothered to take into account that Capricornus is a male, while (either) Amalthea is female, mostly as fact-checking had not been invented back in those days.
Jann reported seeing a goatman in Texas under his pecan tree in January 2002. Jann reports that this is unusual since there are no goats in this region of Texas.
There's also one in Maryland. Or something.
Satyrs, often a human/goat hybrid, are the ultimate end of the evolutionary process on planet Earth.
Goats in popular culture
- Goats, goat parts and goat-like creatures were shown or mentioned in all 1,328 episodes of The X-Files.
- A goat (see Judas goat) was used in Jurassic Park to lure the Tyrannosaurus Rex into the open.
- The three billy goats Gruff, apparently brothers, starred in a popular pro-goat story by Hans Christian Andersen. The goats in this story were notable for their intelligence, at least as contrasted to the common troll.
- One version of the truth about goats is allegedly available at this blog.
- A goat briefly appears in the movie version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
- In the fourth Harry Potter book we learn that Dumbledore's brother has a, let's say, strange fascination with goats.
- A goat with interchangeable horns appears in the movie Hoodwinked.
- A goat ate the payroll once on the television programme M*A*S*H.
- Stephen Colbert once "wagged his finger" at goats.
- The Men Who Stare at Goats is a book by Jon Ronson (2004) which was made into a 2009 movie staring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.
- Goat Brothers is:
- Another name for the Hans Christian Andersen story listed above;
- A 1993 memoir by Larry Colton;
- A swap meet and bike show for motorcycle enthusiasts, held annually in October in Saratoga Springs, NY.
- A dyspeptic goat hosts the Neil Boortz show.
- The Rough, Gruff Goat Brothers Rap by Bernice Chardiet, Jon Chardiet and Jean-Claude Suares is a 1993 children's book and audiocassette bundle that retells the Hans Christian Andersen story in rap.
- Goatboy Bill Hicks
-  Everybody has a goat, but no one wants theirs to be gotten. Weird . . .
- Giles Goat-Boy, by John Barthes
- Chompy the Goat is the mascot of the city of Dimmsdale in Nickelodeon's "Fairly Odd Parents".
- Val Doonican once sang the story of Paddy McGinty's Goat.
- The Billy Goat Tavern is...
- a Chicago pub that was the inspiration for the "Cheeseborger! Cheeseborger! Cheeps, no fries! No Pepsi ... Coke!" routine from the first years of Saturday Night Live.
- famous for the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat that has supposedly kept the Cubs from
winninggoing to the World Series since 1945. (A well-known story to all Chicagoans, although it gets a major eye-roll from White Sox fans.)
- Every Christmas, a town near Stockholm, Sweden erects a goat in honor of an old Scandinavian tradition. Every year since 1966, the goat has been burned, smashed or cut down.
- Goats have recently become a meme in the Emilie Autumn fandom, especially among Asylum Reformers. "Fight Like A Goat", indeed.
Famous quotes about goats
"If she fails us, we better get used to herding goats." - Captain James T. Kirk, Who Mourns for Adonis
"Me? A goat?" - Professor Calculus, Destination Moon
"Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat" - Irish Saying
"It's no use going to the goat's house to look for wool" - Irish Saying
"Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side." - Yiddish Proverb
"Bring me a bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat." - Johann Sebastian Bach
"The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies." - Psalms, 104:18
"Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?" - Job, 39:1
"You'll never guess what was in the curry. What meat they used. Goat. They made a curry with goat. Dirty bastards." - Catherine Tate
"Where can I hang my goat?" - Sir Winston Churchill (poss. misheard)
"There is no Goat but Goat, the one true Goat. All praise Goat!" - Rebuttal: A Goat’s Revenge.
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your goats!" - Shakespeare
"You could do it in a boat, you could do it with a goat." - Dr. Seuss
"Blessed are the meek, for they make great scape goats" - The Be-a-a-a-a-a-attitudes.
"All that glisters is not goat" -- Wilhelm von Schackespier
"Everything for the Goat, nothing outside of the Goat, nothing against the Goat" - Benito Mussolini
Sixteen! Goats in popular culture
Goats in the sciences
- Goats figure prominently in the so-called Monty Hall statistical problem.
- "Goat" is a term used in psychological research to refer to a person with a skeptical bent, often a disbeliever in the paranormal or in psychic phenomena. Believers, conversely, are referred to as "sheep."
No comprehensive studies on the role of goats within the intertubes have been conducted yet, but there are several interesting facts that are readily apparent.
- A high percentage of goats references on the internet are either profane or pornographic; an unfiltered Google search for the phrase "Goat" will turn up roughly 32,800,000 results, but if you take this same search and filter it for obscenity you will get only 19,100,000 results (data as of November 19, 2007).
Goats of note
- Bill the Goat is the mascot of the U.S. Naval Academy.
- Frank the Goat is mascot, casual programmer and occasional help desk employee at the popular journal site LiveJournal. Some versions of his history recount his many adventures and his role in founding LJ.
- Heidrun is the female mythical goat from Norse religion that squirted life-giving drink for all inhabitants of Valhalla.
- Rose, a goat living in South Sudan, attained fame due to her marriage to a human, Charles Tombe. This of course was below her station, and occurred due to an unfortunate scandal involving pre-marital sex, which underlines some of the dangers of the practice. Mr. Tombe is now a widower after his lovely bride's untimely death in 2007.
- Muriel, a character in George Orwell's 1945 novella Animal Farm, who is shown to be one of the more intelligent animals. She is one of the few characters with no immediately apparent Soviet parallel. On closer reading, however, her benevolence and attention to old scraps of newspaper suggest that she may, in fact, represent goats themselves and the beneficent role they played in leading the Russian peasantry.
- Earl "the Goat" Manigault, an American basketball player famous for his superlative jumping ability. Pictures are rare, so it's unclear whether "the Goat" is an accurate descriptor or a flattering nickname applied to a human whose last name was misheard as "Nanny Goat."
- Shaun "the Goat" Goater, a Bermudian soccer player who was the top scorer for Manchester City for 4 consecutive seasons. "Feed the Goat and he will score!" the fans would sing. Or rather, bleat.
Fun goat facts
- Goats have 15,000 tastebuds—that's 5-6,000 more than the average human!
- Goats were domesticated around 7000 B.C.E.
- Mohair comes from the Turkish Angora goat.
- Goats have rectangular eyes - this allows them to see very well in the dark.
- A castrated male goat is called a "wether".
- Goats are very adaptable and live on every continent except Antarctica.
- Goats have a four chambered stomach.
- A Google search for "goat malawi orphans" returns this very page as the first result.
- A mea capra is an admission of goat.
- Many goats enjoy smoking cigars.
Goats in the Bible - The Holy Goats
There are many biblical references to goats of which the following is only a selection. A full list can be found at Goats in the Bible.
Leviticus 16 tells us about the scapegoat. Two goats were to be selected and lots would be thrown to see which would be sacrificed as a "sin offering" and which would be released into the desert. Perhaps surprisingly the released goat was the scapegoat and the other one got the joy of being sacrificed.
Tamar was Onan's widow - he who gave his name that pastime beloved of teenage boys and others. While pretending to be a prostitute to seduce her father-in-law she was promised a young goat for her services.
The joy of goats
The writer of the Song of Solomon seems to have had a definite thing about goats. When talking about his girlfriend's hair he often comes up with: "Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead." To be fair to other animals he also says things like: "Your teeth are like a flock of sheep coming up from the washing." So this may be an animal fixation in general and not really goat-centric.
With the recently discovery of the Coptic text the Gospel of Judas, Judas' actual role has been called into question. What's not questioned is that he had at least one goat.
Creationist views on goats
Goats are very important to creationists — the Bible mentions them over 170 times! God made goats out of leftover cow parts, on the sixth day of Creation. This is similar to the process still used for making hot dogs. Goats are specifically mentioned in the Bible, therefore we know that they exist. God regularly calls for goats to be sacrificed on altars by having their throats cut and blood drained. It is still a mystery as to what goats did to become the object of God's loving wrath (though, some suggest it was because the ancient Jews thought that goats made a perfectly acceptable substitute for humans). Noah brought two goats onto the Ark, but unfortunately, the male goat was gay. Noah implemented a program of reparative therapy. The goats were able to live an appropriate lie, and were fruitful and multiplied. God Bless!
"Mr. Gruff, the atheist goat" is a main character on the Objective Ministries website.
The parable of the sheep and the goats
In this popular parable, God sends the sheep to heaven while damning the goats to hell, because the goats did not provide him with food and clothing, or visit him in prison.
How to get your goat
Many people prefer their goats farm-fresh, but it isn't always convenient for a busy city dweller. For those who want their goats fast and on time, it's easier to rent.
In Soviet Russia, goats get you.
Wordplay with goats
G.O.A.T. as an acronym
Want to know where to get your acronyms on the cheap?
- GOAT Glossary of Acronyms and Terms
- GOAT God of All Things
- GOAT Galveston Orientation and Amnesia Test
- GOAT Gap/Overlap Analysis Tool
- GOAT Gene Ontology Annotation Tool
- GOAT Grouped Optimal Aggregation Technique
- GOAT Graphics Optical Analysis and Translation
- GOAT Government of All Talents (Gordon Brown's administration)
- GOAT Greatest of All Time (LL Cool J music album)
- GOAT Guru of All Trades
- GOAT Goes Over All Terrain (vehicle)
- GOAT Gone on a Trip
- GOAT Get Out At Town (for bus trips!)
- GOAT Garry Only Ate Toast (very short eulogy)
- GOAT Go Away Troll
- GOAT Get Our Act Together
- GOAT Goofiest of All Terms (Okay, I made that up.)
- GOAT Generalized Occupational Aptitude Test (Fallout 3 game)
- GOAT Goat of All Time (made up, but this section needed a recursive acronym)
Goat as an anagram
- Gato (a kind of submarine, also Spanish for "cat")
- Tago (a municipality in the Philippines)
- Toga (a kind of party)
- Go at (in an attacking/sexually advancing way)
- Gota (an Indian city)
Conservapedia and goats
Conservapedia has taken an appallingly disrespectful attitude towards goats. Versions of the article were far too short, full of right-wing bias, and have been repeatedly deleted and recreated to reset the page views and imply goats are far less notable and important than they actually are. Conservapedia's goat article was deleted by site owner Andy Schlafly with the inadequate edit summary explanation of "restore later". The page was later recreated, very appropriately, on St. Valentine's Day, 2010.
To be fair, goats are equally disrespectful toward Conservapedia. They justify this, claiming that being bucolic creatures, they are acutely sensitive to the stench of bullshit.
It has been pointed out that some recent Vice Presidential candidates enjoy rather one-sided hunting of various beasts. It makes them more of a man, might be the accepted supposition. However, it should be noted that at least one user believes that goat hunting by helicopter should be a crime against humanity (goatanity?). For the love of Goat, if you want to hunt goats, do it the real manly way - with your bare hands.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, goats have been known to be detained in jail cells without access to legal council while awaiting trial for the crime of being sold illegally by the roadside.
Why a goat?
In 2006, Church of the SubGenius devotee Rachel Bevilacqua, also known as Rev. Mary Magdalene, temporarily lost custody of her son because she could not explain the humor in photos of her celebrating X-Day with a goat heads mask. With the Judge repeatedly asking "Why a goat?", and never once asking "Why no chicken?"
Glenn Beck controversy
During the Glenn Beck controversy, questions were never answered about the Fox News commentator and goats.
When goats go bad
It seems that vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.
Reuters quotes Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed as saying:
“”The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat.
- Conduct your own Goat Orchestra
- Tuesday: the major festival in goat oriented worship
- Pyrenean Ibex
- Everything else
- Sonya Fitzpatrick, "pet psychic" - for days when you need to talk to your goat
- The Men Who Stare at Goats
- Sheep, which sounds like a goat, is raised on a farm like a goat, and is edible like a goat, but is definitely not a goat.
- Slate.com: Jon Katz' three goats won't stop jeering him
- Super Heavy Goat Ass MySpace page.
- Denmark, too, has its goat.
- Help someone out - buy them a goat!
- YouTube video: Cleo rides Blaze Aww, don't you wish your kidds were this cute?
- the inevitable facebook page
- ↑ Or was that the dog?
- ↑ http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-06/13/content_8363780_5.htm
- ↑ The Onion: Anthropologists Trace Human Origins Back To One Large Goat
- ↑ A Ministry of Hope in Malawi
- ↑ Madonna takes custody of Malawian baby
- ↑ See quotes at Olde Dairy Goat Trivia under "Goats For Baby's Nurse In Cuba" and "Goats as Wet-nurses".
- ↑ Recipe for Isi-Ewu (spiced goat head) serves 6
- ↑ Nigeria: Goat Head Stew, a delicacy, is nation's "Plat du jour"
- ↑ Poemhunter.com: By the Hoof of the Wild Goat
- ↑ http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewpoetry.asp?id=190979
- ↑ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorum_controversy
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4748292.stm
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6619983.stm
- ↑ MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Folklore of World Holidays. December 27 (1992).
- ↑ Wolf-goat friendship
- ↑ Adams, Mark. Goat Blowing Not Denied By Mickey Kaus Daily Kos
- ↑ Reuters
- ↑ USA Today
- ↑ News 24 (South Africa)
- ↑ Fruhlinger, Josh. "Dick Armey Can’t Extract Himself From His Goats", Wonkette.com website, posted 31 August 2010, accessed 2 September 2010. (As Fruhlinger notes, the goat-penis jokes write themselves.)
- ↑ http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/elf-gci092211.php
- ↑ 
- ↑ 
- ↑ http://paranormal.about.com/library/blstory_november04_29.htm
- ↑ http://www.pantheon.org/articles/s/satyrs.html
- ↑ ...but we will write a whole article on it, apparently.
- ↑ ;)
- ↑ "Swedish Christmas straw goat burnt", BBC News website, 23 December 2009, accessed 28 December 2009.
- ↑ This is when, after a contestant picks one of three doors in order to win a goat, Monty shows them that there is no goat behind one of the other doors (generally, a nasty, climate change-inducing and accident-prone car is found behind that door), and asks if they want to change their pick. Wikipedia has an article on it.
- ↑ Brugger, P., Landis, T., & Regard., M. (1990). A "sheep-goat effect" in repetition avoidance: Extra-sensory perception as an effect of subjective probability? British Journal of Psychology, 81, 455-468.
- ↑ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7666900.stm
- ↑ Hartdegen, Fr. Stephen J., General Editor, Nelson's Complete Concordance of the New American Bible, G.R. Welch Co., Ltd., Toronto, Canada.
- ↑ Scapegoat not killed
- ↑ Songs - hair like goats
- ↑ Songs - teeth like sheep
- ↑ Bible gateway
- ↑ 
- ↑ http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=%20Matthew%2025:31–46;&version=31;
- ↑ It really is!
- ↑ Click here!
- ↑ wp:Gota, Gujarat
- ↑ "Goat" at Conservapedia
- ↑ "Goat" at Conservapedia - Logs
- ↑ CP:Goat history
- ↑ BBC News: DR Congo frees goats from prison
- ↑ Georgia mother loses child custody over humorous religion
- ↑ The High Weirdness Project: Reverend Magdalen
- ↑ Assorted Rumours
- ↑ Goat arrested in Nigeria
- ↑ Goat detained over armed robbery.
- ↑ Nigeria police hold 'robber' goat