A Swedish city plagued by the poor situation of having its festive straw goat continuously burned down has suffered another year of disaster, after it was reported that the straw goat’s “little brother” had been torched in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Gävlebocken, located in Gävle, hasn’t had much good luck since it became a thing in 1966. The main goat – still standing at the time of writing – has only survived the Christmas season on just 18 occasions.
Unlike Guy Fawkes, burning down the straw goat is Very Much Illegal and not something the people who put in the hard work of installing it every year want.
Yet for most of the years Gävlebocken has existed, it’s been burned down or otherwise destroyed by members of the public.