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OMG Norway! It's tradition!

Every year a giant straw goat is build in Sweden and most years it meets a violent end. Usually by fire, but it has also been hit by cars and kicked apart.

People don't hate it. It has just become part of the tradition to try and destroy it.


2nd December 2016

Tagged in Norway Sweden


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Tudpool

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14 hours ago #9563979        
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Hah I love this tradition. My favourite was the two guys dressed as Santa and the ginger bread man who shot a flaming arrow into it. Just wtf XD



Huttj

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21 hours ago #9563906        
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Relevant Tom Scott video on the subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zjJpFYtx9s



12 hours ago #9564005        
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It was stolen one time too. Some guy took it and put it in his backyard :p



14 hours ago #9563991        
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Actually swedes are rarely that sad when it is destroyed, some people are but if it didnt burn every year then it wouldnt be such a big deal. This time it was burned just a few hours after being put up so they might make another one :^)

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1 day ago #9563698        
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The truth about this is that the county of Gävle where the goat is located and the local business association (who are the two enteties that pay for the building of the goat) don't really mind that much that the goat burns almost every year.
It's regular free PR for the city and attracts tourists. It's reported about every year in all Swedish media and now it's reached a point where I see it appear in international media as well. The city of Gävle could never get this kind of publicity as cheap as the cost of building the goat each year.

They would how ever like the goat to survive longer then it did this year (it burnt down the day it was completed so even most locals didn't get to see it) and as a result there have been talk about rebuilding it in time for Saint Lucy's Day on the 13th this month. Some years when it has been burnt down early they have rebuilt it - but not always - so there is precident for either decision.

But whatever happens this year it will surely be back next year.

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1 day ago #9563641        
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Cute,pathetic little Sweden crawling up Norway like a tarantula with bad eyesight.
And if you look closely, you'll see his hair is a bit different;just like in last week's comic, part of the bangs on the right side of his head are flopping into his face rather than being combed to the side.
Of course, it could always be depression/stress/anxiety over the goat,and his hair has come undone,like in previous strips where some parts will be sticking out when he's particularly frazzled.

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4 hours ago #9564170        
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Why must life me so cruel indeed, Sweden. Why must life me so cruel?

Jokes aside, this is the first typo I've seen in this comic, which means this is doing better than literally anything I could ever write. Love this comic~!



5 hours ago #9564136        
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Those beady little eyes...



11 hours ago #9564026        
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Making the huge straw goat is just as much tradition as someone setting fire to it. And they've tried a million ways to make it harder for people to set it on fire, but people still manage to do it. "Heja Gävlebocken"

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13 hours ago #9563993        
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I wish they wouldn't burn the goat. It's BAAAA-d for the enviroment.

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