Darth Vader vs. a Herd of Goats

28 November 2005 · 5 comments

There are suddenly lots of people who want to see Darth Vader play with goats. When you’re finished, you may want to read my review of Attack of the Clones (I hated it); read my rant on why Star Wars sucks; check out my memories of growing up with Star Wars as part of the Star Wars generation; read why I like the new Battlestar Galactica; or, perhaps, learn the things I didn’t like about the Lord of the Rings films.

I had a real entry planned for today, but this image (from an out-of-control thread on Metafilter) has me busting my gut so that I cannot write:

I know that’s a lot of bandwidth, but it’s worth it.

Let me catch my breath…

Lest you think it’s only Darth Vader who has such power over goats, here’s the undoctored image in which you can see that even umbrellas strike fear into the heart of these tiny ungulates:

Oh, lordy, my side aches.

I also liked this image from the same thread:

I’ll have to post my “what I did over Thanksgiving weekend” stories tomorrow (assuming I stop laughing by then).

1 Lisa November 28, 2005 at 20:01

Actually, I think that the umbrella movie is even funnier than the Darth one. The idea of goats falling over for an umbrella is completely hilarious.

2 Will November 28, 2005 at 22:55

Were we talking about this the other night?
There was something on TV with a kid doing almost the exact same thing, just with less goats. Marla and I must have re-watched the scene 10 times. I just couldn’t turn away.

I now cast my vote for Kris to purchase a goat at the next county fair just so that we can test this first hand at Rosing’s Farm. Yes! The ownership of livestock upgrades you from park to farm.

I declare goat launching season open!

3 J.D. November 29, 2005 at 07:06

I found the original new story from which this snippet is drawn. Basically, these goats are a very specific breed colloquially referred to as “fainting goats”. When this type of goat is excited — for good or ill — its muscles stiffen for a few seconds. Adult goats have learned to cope with this and they sort of hobble along with wooden legs. Young goats, like those in the clip above, don’t know how to move with stiff legs, so they basically just topple with their legs in the air. After a few seconds, the muscles relax, and the goats get up and go on their merry way.

The most amusing thing to me is that positive excitement can cause the condition. So, for example, sometimes when the goats are fed, their legs stiffen and they fall over.

Watch the original news story here.

4 Amanda November 29, 2005 at 07:27

A friend of mine had one of these fainting goats when he was young. Sadly, they lived on a canal, the goat fainted one day, fell into the canal, and drowned. :-(

5 Pam November 29, 2005 at 16:44

Mac loves these goats! he says we should get one. just thinking about them falling over in our pasture makes him laugh!

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