I'm a little late in sharing this, as Christmas is well past us, but I'm hoping that any time of year is a good time to talk about the Gävle Goat. This giant straw yule goat, set up yearly for the holiday season in Gävle, Sweden, has catpured my heart, especially when he is aflame. You see, since his first appearance in 1966, the Gävle Goat has been burned or in other ways destroyed at an alarming rate. He has perished so many times, in fact, that I decided to create a helpful timeline! (Below is a small version, go to Atlas Obscura for the full, scrollable, legible timeline!)
When I made it, the Gävle Goat of 2013 was standing strong, but sadly (and delightfully) he was burned like so many others on December 20th. It happened during the Atlas Obscura office Christmas party, and though we had been checking the goat's live webcam all day, we sadly missed the moment of flame, catching him just after, a naked frame, surrounded by smoke and firefighters.
The aftermath of poor Gävle Goat 2013.
So deep does my love for the ill-fated goat run, he also showed up in a Curious Fact!