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Published:December 6th, 2011 12:38 EST

World's Largest Christmas Straw Goat Set On Fire! Is Arsonist Hero Or Goat?

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Officials in the Swedish city of Gavle say their Christmas Goat, a giant goat made of straw, went up in flames, leaving only its skeleton behind.

Gavle officials said the Christmas Goat, the 45th since the tradition originated in 1966, was the 28th to be burned."



"In the law of torts, the attractive nuisance doctrine states that landowner may be held liable for injuries to children trespassing on the land if the injury is caused by a hazardous object or condition on the land that is likely to attract children who are unable to appreciate the risk posed by the object or condition."


Example of an attractive nuisance:

If a homeowner has a playground set on his front yard, and there`s no fence around it, he is courting financial disaster. If a neighborhood kid falls from a swing and breaks his neck, the parents of the injured child will almost certainly win a lawsuit filed against the homeowner.

Prime example of an attractive nuisance:

A city erects a gigantic Christmas goat made out of straw, and a man sets it on fire.

The city of Gayle might as well set up a stand selling matches next to the straw monstrosity. If the city where I live had a tradition of erecting a Christmas giant goat made out of straw, I would consider it my patriotic duty to set the pagan abomination on fire. How dare anyone worship a pagan goat, here in "Christian" America we prefer the Christmas tree, that ancient pagan phallic symbol.

Hello! Time to get a clue! The straw goat has been set on fire 28 times, maybe it`s time to make the goat out of wood or Styrofoam, anything but straw!

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