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- Were you looking for Goats?
Goatse is one of the best loved and widespread (ha!) images on the internets. Many would argue that it is truly content like this that the Internet was invented for and all of the other stuff is merely an irrelevant side effect. The photograph is a testament to the indomitable human spirit, the need to push the boundaries of achievement, and the true power of open-mindedness. It perfectly illustrates what a man is capable of if he is prepared to stretch himself, and even to die if necessary.
Usage of Goatse
The Goatse image currently on a website based on Christmas Island is traditionally used to shock unsuspecting viewers. Typically it would be disguised as a seemingly innocent link or email message. This is similar to Rickrolling, in which viewers are tricked in to viewing a video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".
The all-time prizewinning Goatseing would be by BBS historian Jason Scott, who dealt with an image on his site being hotlinked by a MySpace theme reseller - hammering his server into the ground - by replacing it with a goatse. Several hundred thousand MySpace bandwidth leeches got a goatse.
In 2009, Conservapedia sysop Jinxmchue, a strong critic of double-standards, set his personal blog so that RationalWiki links to his blog were redirected to the Goatse image. This act, consistent with traditional Christian values, had the desired shock effect until a suitable workaround was found.
Ghostly usage of Goatse
- Goatse even provided scientists with compelling evidence that Black holes do indeed exist.
- And certain other open-ness.