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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

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11 months ago #9565656        



I totally diagnosed Sweden now. He has suppressed his ancient sexual desires for horses and goats and other animals with hooves. And when he builds the giant goat and looks at it, he is overwhelmed by sexual desires, and tries extremely hard to deny and suppress those feelings, so hard that his personality splits in a storm of dissociation and he becomes arsonist and burns the goat so that the tormenting sexual desires goes away. And seeing the goat burn snaps him out from this psychotic episode and he doesn't remember burning it down himself.

Norway's suggestion for Sweden to burn the goat down himself every year possibly raised the suppressed emotional memories (without episodic memory) of having sex with goats and burning them down. And feelings of guilt and shame fired up Sweden's psychological defenses. As the most common cover-up for secret feelings of guilt and shame is denial and aggression.

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11 months ago #9564640        



A big Finnish textile manufacturer, Finlayson, has announced a design project called "100 leijonaa", 100 lions. They are asking people to design their own ideas of the Finnish Lion, our coat of arms animal, to celebrate both Finland's 100 years of independence next year and the multicultural society Finland is today ("we have room for more than just one kind of lion"). Now we are wondering in a geek women's group how we could persuade Humon to take part in this, because the "Special Lion" drawn by her was the first thing we all thought about when we saw the announcement.

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17 M
11 months ago #9563979        



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

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11 months ago #9566197        



I actually think we'd be sadder if it didn't burn down, it's good to have traditions that involve fire imo

11 months ago #9565642        



Meanwhile in the shops in Sweden....

(that's goats on the left, matches on the right. Talk about product placement).

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11 months ago #9565943        



Off-screen, Finland looks at the psychotic Sweden, smiling proudly.

Finland: (holds up a sign saying "Not so different after all, huh?"

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33 M
11 months ago #9563906        



Relevant Tom Scott video on the subject:

11 months ago #9565463        



Sweden's eyes in that last panel ... damn.

11 months ago #9563698        



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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9 months ago #9590467        



I always hear about this giant flammable goat and how it always SOMEHOW gets destroyed and/or burned down every time it's up. xD
And dear lord Sweden's face in the last panel killed my friend and I when we saw it.

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