Tuesday, April 06, 2004

I like goats - in case you didn't know. Here is a list of goat facts, fables, and quotes for every month of the year:

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The Billy Goat Curse:
On OCT. 6TH 1945 a Greek tavern owner by the name of William "BILLY GOAT" SIANIS (that was his nickname because of the goatee he always had) bought box seats for himself and his goat Murphy for the 4th game of the WORLD SERIES. The Cubs had won 2 out of 3 in Detroit and were favored to win it all in Chicago. In the past Billy Goat had always been allowed to bring his goat to the games; besides Murphy had his own ticket. This time, however, as Sianis walked into Wrigley Field the ushers prevented his entry, telling him that no goats were allowed. When Billy Goat asked for an appeal directly to owner P.K. Wrigley, P.K. told them to allow Billy Goat in but not Murphy. When Billy Goat asked why, they said, "Because the goat smells." That upset Sianis, and standing in front of Wrigley Field in retaliation, he raised both hands and said, "Cubs, they not gonna win anymore. They never gonna be another World Series played at Wrigley Field." Casting what has become known as the "BILLY GOAT CURSE" over the Cubs. Subsequently, the Tigers won the next 3 games and the series and the Cubs have never been back. The Cubs' loss prompted Billy Goat to send a telegram to P.K. Wrigley asking, "Who smells now?"

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"Beware of cheep Malaysian ram."
- Dennis at TCSI computers
Okay, that's RAM, but still sage advice!)

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Got Goat's Milk? - Goat's milk is one of the closest
in makeup to human milk. Many people who are lactose
intolerant have no problem whatsoever with goat's
milk. It is naturally homogenized!

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2003 was the Year of the Goat!
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Do you know a goat?
Goats are kind and helpful. A female goat has artistic
inclinations who tends to be pessimistic. She is also
indecisive and too passive, yet she has fantastic luck
in her life. Male characteristics include having a
kind heart and being artistic.

Note: Capricorn, the astrological sign of the Goat runs from December 22 to January 20.

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The coffee-goat connection:

In Ethiopia, some 1200 years ago, a monk awoke to find
his flock of goats behaving extraordinarily. The
beasts were dancing a dervish, standing on hind legs
and bleating a Dionysian rhapsody as if accompanied by
the goat-god Pan! The goat herder noticed them
munching on branches of bright red berries, and he
decided enlightenment was at hand. After considerable
experimentation the monks ground the berries and
soaked them in water "so the goodness may flow through
the liquid." A splendid time was had by all!

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June 2003
Goats are most comfortable in groups, which are known
as "tribes."

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Main Entry: goat
Pronunciation: 'gOt
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural goats
Etymology: Middle English gote, from Old English gAt;
akin to Old High German geiz goat, Old Norse geit,
Latin haedus kid
Date: before 12th century
1 a or plural goat : any of various hollow-horned
ruminant mammals (especially of the genus Capra)
related to the sheep but of lighter build and with
backwardly arching horns, a short tail, and usually
straight hair

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July 2003
Goat Vitals:
Body Temperature: 102.5° F-104° F
Pulse/heart rate: 60 to 80 beats per minute
Respiration rate: 15 to 30 breaths per minute

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Great Goat Page!

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August 2003
I always thought that goats made good lawn mowers, but
it turns out they prefer to eat up and not down, so
they're more likely to attack the orchard.

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No Kidding ! Goats were one of the first animals to be
tamed by humans and were being herded 9,000 years ago.
They are believed to be descended from the wild goat,

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Goats are rivaled only by cats in their ability to
return to the wild from domestic life (go feral.)
Their frugal use of water is close to that of camels,
relatively speaking.

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Early Holiday Shopping Link:
Give the gift of a GOAT!!!

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The Straw Goat:
In Sweden, the “tomte” is the Christmas gnome and he
supposedly lives under the floorboards of the house or
barn. He rides a straw goat, has a white beard and
wears red clothes. A straw goat is often put beneath
the Christmas tree and is thought to protect the home
from fire.
In Scotland, Switzerland and many parts of Europe, a
goat-like being guarded ripe crops. The spirit of the
harvest goat was thought to dwell in the sheaves of
the corn.

And one more for people who don’t like goats so much…

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