[Update: The goat survived, for the third year in a row!] For 51 years, the gallant people of Gavle, Sweden, have been putting up a straw goat, and arsonists have been burning it. Apparently, they didn’t have Twitter back then, and needed alternate ways to get into flame wars. Previously: Gavle Goat at Shostack &…Read More The Gavle Goat is up
In September, we shared the news that for its 50th year, the people of Gävle paid an extra $100,000 to secure the goat. Sadly, it seems to have not helped. Today, the goat tweeted: Oh no, such a short amount of time with you my friends. The obvious lesson is that the Swedes have a…Read More Gavle Lessons: 56% Is Not Sufficiently More Secure!
“We’ll have more guards. We’re going to try to have a ‘goat guarantee’ the first weekend,” deputy council chief Helene Åkerlind, representing the local branch of the Liberal Party, told newspaper Gefle Dagblad. “It is really important that it stays standing in its 50th year,” she added to Arbetarbladet. Gävle Council has decided to allocate…Read More Gavle Goat, now 56% more secure!
The Gavle Goat has burned again, according to The Local.Se, and of course, it’s Twitter account (yet one more way in which real name policies inhibit natural behavior). Two quick comments. First, the goat survived longer this year than usual. Second, I think it illustrates something. I’m not sure what. But my yule would be…Read More Gavle Goat Goes Later This Year
Gävlebocken har brunnit: Webbkamerabilder visade hur bocken snabbt blev övertänd och totalförstördes innan brandkåren hann fram. Or you can check the webcam: http://www.merjuligavle.se/Bocken/Bockenkamera/Read More The Gavle Goat's Gone!
The Telegraph reports that the Gavle Goat for 2012 is up, and surrounded by guards, cameras, flame retardants, and arsonists. Emergent Chaos has reporters on the ground internet, ready to report on this holiday story of a town, a goat, and an international conspiracy of drunken arsonists. Stay tuned! This years goat is shown in…Read More The Gavle Goat is Getting Ready to Burn!
It’s a bit of a Christmas tradition here at Emergent Chaos to keep you informed about the Gävle Goat. Ok, technically, our traditions seem hit and miss, but whaddaya want from a site with Chaos in the name? You want precision, read a project management blog. Project management blogs probably set calendar reminders to kick…Read More Gävle Goat Gambit Goes Astray
USA Today informs us that: Despite surveillance cameras and heavy security, vandals in a small Swedish town have burned down a giant Yuletide straw goat for the 24th time since 1966, the Associated Press reports. Here at Emergent Chaos, we’re deeply concerned that the goat ended up with neither privacy nor even temporary safety. Photo:…Read More Burning News: Gavle Goat
The Gavle goat survived until the 27th this year, but as the BBC reports, “ Festive goat up in flames again.” Previously: “Goat Security,” “13 Meter Straw Goat Met His Match.”Read More Gavle Goat Gone