Swedes attempt to protect huge straw Christmas goat from getting burned by vandals for the past 22 years.
The company providing the fireproof treatment is so sure of its resilience that its spokesman Freddy Klassmo told newspaper Aftonbladet that "not even napalm can set fire to the goat now." (...Readying napalm, quietude, waiting for the Prince of Peace...just seems to flow together, doesn't it.)
For those who want to follow its fate, a 24-hour Web cam has been set up to film the straw goat where it stands on the central square in Gavle, 90 miles north of Stockholm. (Thank goodness, I was having problems sleeping last night over this.) However, the security guards that have watched over previous versions have been called off, Ostman said.
"We can sleep very soundly at night now," she said. "The goat can too." (Uh, dude, it's a straw goat.)
...The 2005 vandals — who witnesses said were dressed up as Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man — remain at large. The pair fired flaming arrows at the goat, reducing it to its steel skeleton. (Well! Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, peace to you too!)