TIL that every year since 1966 a giant goat out of straw called “Gävle Goat” has been built in Sweden around Christmas. Despite extensive security measures/it yielding a prison sentence, every year Swedes have found a way to sneakily burn the goat to the ground, forming a goat-arson tradition.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4vle_goat

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  1. Swedes have not always succeeded with the burning. Sometimes the goat has been destroyed by other means, and some years it has managed to stand despite the odds, but the arson-spirit is always there.

    Here’s a short and funny clip “*The Gävle Goat – The greatest Christmas tradition ever?*” describing the goat’s history: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0WdbR4HwtU&ab_channel=DeadParrot](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0WdbR4HwtU&ab_channel=DeadParrot)

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    **Edit:** I also find it hilarious that the Wikipedia article has an updated data-table for each year so you can follow the goat’s fate like some kind of TV-show series lol.

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