Town hopes no one burns down its giant Christmas goat this year
The town of Gavle in Sweden hopes no one gets its goat this year — meaning the enormous 40-foot-tall (approx 12.1m) goat made out of straw that residents erect every year for Christmas, only to witness it burned down by vandals. The goat (pictured ablaze in 2001) has never made it past mid-December without getting torched. (Someone even tried to steal it once by helicopter.) This time, though, the town is determined to help the goat make it to the holidays: The creature has been soaked in an anti-flammable chemical. "We're aware that the goat is only famous because it gets burned," a Gavle spokesman told The Local. "It would be great if it didn't actually burn down this year, because that would be the most unexpected result. Then we might really get a lot of attention."