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High End Security to Protect A Goat

This is just ... well ... odd.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- For 40 years it has been torched, vandalized, had its legs cut off and even been run over by a car. But officials in the Swedish city of Gavle are guaranteeing that this year's giant straw Christmas goat - the victim of Sweden's most violent yule tradition - will survive unscathed.

The 43-foot-high goat - a centuries-old yule symbol that preceded Santa Claus as the bringer of gifts to Swedish homes - has been burned down 22 times since it was first set up in Gavle's square on Dec. 3, 1966.

The Swedes think they've outfoxed the vandals this year, but you can watch a live goat cam to see if the thing goes up in flames.

Thanks Cheryl and Snowbuggies for the links.

Posted by Jake on 12/07/06 @ 10:39 PM
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