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The Gävle Goat Timeline

Every year since 1966 the people of Gävle, Sweden, erect a huge straw goat for Christmas. The traditional Gävle Goat went up the the last weekend in November this year. The big question is: will it survive until Christmas? Many of the goats have been the victim of arsonists over the years. How many? Atlas Obscura plotted the fates of each goat since 1966 and produced a timeline memorializing those that did not survive the holiday season.



The graphic above is just the beginning of the timeline; you’ll need to scroll right at the site to ponder the 37 unfortunate events that have befallen the goat over the years, which include auto accidents, attack by fireworks, and a kidnapping by helicopter. To keep up with this year’s Gävle Goat, you can follow it on Twitter and check out the Gävle webcam.


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