Goats and goblins

Published: Apr 02, 2009


The only (unprintable) joke I know happens to involve a goat, and suddenly this week two big (well, big in the goat world anyway) stories hit the papers—one in the culinary sphere and the other in the legal realm:

Featured on the home page of the Times yesterday we had Henry Alford’s ode to goat, “How I Learned to Love Goat Meat.” According to Alford, “Goat is the most widely consumed meat in the world” (who knew?)—though since he also suggests that some folks believe that eating goat “can lead to better sexytime,” maybe it’s not so surprising.

And today, California Judge William W. Bedsworth riffs on the true case of a shape-shifting thief who transformed himself into a goat in order to escape arrest. Alas, the ploy failed: the goat was caught by vigilantes and held by Nigerian police on suspicion of armed robbery. Really.

However, the goat-man faces a fair trial: According to a police spokesman, "We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat."

- posted by vera


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