:Number of goats run over includes goats run over by motorized vehicle.In popular culture* A week before the burning of the Gävle Goat in 2005 a couple of pictures started to circulate on the internet community Lunarstorm. Their goat was much smaller, around 2 m (6 ft), and not nearly as expensive as the goat normally built by the Southern Merchants, but it was appreciated by the citizens of Gävle, which was the intention of the students from the beginning. * When "USA Today" reported the burning of the Gävle goat on 2005-12-04, [cite news|work=USA Today|url=http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2005-12-04-christmas-goat_x.htm|title=Vandals burn giant Christmas straw goat in Sweden, again|date=2005-12-04|author=The Associated Press] it was side by side with the trial of Saddam Hussein and other top headlines. Gävlebocken) — традиційна різдвяна споруда яку зводять щорічно на центральній площі в місті Євле Швеції. The goat stood until 12.00 PM that New Year's Eve, when it went up in flames. Due to the positive reaction their Yule Goat received that year, they built another one the following year and from then on.cite web|url=http://hem.passagen.se/nf1/bock/bock.htm|title=Julbocken|publisher=Naturventeskapliga Föreningen|language=Swedish|accessdate=2006-08-26] Until 1985 the Southern Merchants held the world record for the largest Yule Goat, but over the years the Natural Science Club's goat increased in size, and in 1985 their Yule Goat finally made it into the Guinness Book of Records with an official height of 12.5 m (41 ft). On the evening of Hedman's birthday, January 9, he and the other residents of the village burned it down.ReferencesFootnotes* imdb title|id=0099142|title=Black Jack Further reading * — a videography of "the Gävleners’ relation to Christmas, the bock and its destruction"* External links * [http://www.gavle.se/gavlebocken/ Official web site of the Gävle Goat] swe icon* [http://www.gd.se/gdbilder/nyhetsvideo/nyhetsvideo.jsp?article=67645 The second erection of the 2005 Gävle Goat] Video swe icon* [http://hem.passagen.se/nf1/bock/bock.htm Julbocken article on Naturvetenskapliga Föreningen site] swe icon* [http://www.christmasgoat.se/ Information about the goat and a webcam] (in English)* [http://www.merjuligavle.se/merjuligavle/mjig_Bocken.aspx?id=52 Goat's blog and webcams], The Gävle Goat and the Natural Science Club's Yule Goat, Since 1986 there have always been two Yule Goats built in Gävle: the Gävle Goat (that of the Southern Merchants) and the initially smaller Yule Goat built by the Natural Science Club of the School of Vasa. The Natural Science Club's goat got tossed in the Gävle river. The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken, Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjɛ̌ːvlɛbɔkːɛn]) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget (Castle. This year the goat followed the Swedish national hockey team to Italy for the World Championship in ice hockey. Even though the goat was enclosed by a 2 m (6.5 ft) high metal fence, guarded by Securitas and even soldiers from the Gävle I 14 Infantry Regiment, it was burned down in January. For the hip hop band, see Arsonists (rap group). It was later rebuilt to be taken to Stockholm as a part of protest campaign against the closing of the I 14 Infantry Regiment. *1968 The goat survived. The perpetrator, who was from Hofors, Gästrikland, was found and convicted of vandalism. They just wanted a picture taken for their internet site and had not remembered that the webcams also took pictures. The Natural Science Club (Naturvetenskapliga Föreningen:NF) from the School of Vasa (Vasaskolan) took over. The Goat Committee said that that year's goat was not going to be able to be set on fire because it was fireproofed with "Fiber ProTector Fireproof", a fireproofing substance that is used in airplanes. Financial contributions from the public were raised to rebuild a goat that was burned down in January. Burned down on the morning of Christmas Day. 1997, "1997 World Series", Game 7, bottom 11th inning, TV broadcast on NBC Sports, early morning October 27, ... "This amusing picture shows a goat which looks 'like a bulb of garlic' - after gorging on too much HAY. On the morning of Christmas Eve the goat was burned down. *1986 The merchants of Gävle decided they were willing to build the goat once again. A new one was in place for St. Lucia Day. The perpetrator, who was from Hofors, Gästrikland, was found and convicted of vandalism. It was built again. In 1998 the goat burned on 11 December, despite a snowstorm. The Natural Science Club's goat was burned on the night of 24 December. The first Gävle goat, an annual Swedish Yule Goat tradition, is erected in Gävle. Two very drunk teenage children were connected with the crime. *1998 Burned down on 11 December, even though there was a major blizzard. *2001 Goat set on fire on 23 December by Lawrence Jones, a 51-year-old visitor from Cleveland, Ohio, who spent 18 days in jail and was subsequently convicted and ordered to pay 100,000 Swedish kronor in damages. This year the goat was guarded by many volunteers. As of 2006 it is still unpaid. *1984 Burned down on December 12th, the night before Lucia. The goat followed the Swedish national hockey team to Italy for the World Championship in hockey. The Pewdstersund Goat in 2004. The Southern Merchants had intended that their huge goat would reclaim the world record, but the measurement of the goat showed it fell short. *1986 The merchants of Gävle decided they were willing to build the goat once again. It was destroyed and broken into pieces. Before the police arrived on the scene the man climbed down and disappeared. *1973 N/A*1974 Burned. Recently the so-called "Goat Committee" have had a plan for a backup goat. * In the United States there is an organization called "Goat Watchers" that has a couple of hundred members. The goat received only minor damage. *1981 Nothing happened. It was destroyed and broken into pieces. The history of the second goat began in 1971 when the Southern Merchants got tired of having their expensive goat vandalised and decided not to build one again. Burned down on the morning of Christmas Day. To everybody's surprise their goat only measured 10.5 m (34½ ft) when completed. :Number of goats burned includes goats burnt down more than once and goats only partially burnt. The police suspected that they could be involved in the burning a week later, so they appealed for assistance in the media. The goat was guarded by taxi and the Home Guard. It was later rebuilt to be taken to Stockholm as a part of protest campaign against the closing of the I 14 Infantry Regiment. Their goat was around 2 metres (6.6 ft). The Goat Committee's faith in the fireproofing for the 2006 goat led them to cut down the guard and furthermore, they boldly claimed that "the goat will never burn again". The police suspected that they could be involved in the burning a week later, so they appealed for assistance in the media. *1973 N/A*1974 Burned. Nothing happened. As of 2005 that goat still holds the world record since there have been no further attempts to beat it. Their little goat was kicked to pieces. [cite web|url=http://www.indek.kth.se/burningbock.htm|title=Burning Bock|publisher=Sven Bergvall and Jacob Östberg ] * In the mid-1980s, Gunnar Hedman, from the village of Rödänge in Österfärnebo, Gästrikland decided he was going to build his own goat. He stated in court that he was no "goat burner", and believed that he was taking part in a completely legal goat-burning tradition. A man named Stig Gavlén came up with the idea of making a giant version of the traditional Swedish Yule goat of straw and placing it on (Slottstorget) Castle Square in central Gävle. Jones stated in court that he is no "goat burner", and believed that he was taking part in a completely legal goat-burning tradition. The fire brigade quickly arrived on scene, but the goat could not be saved. * There is a restaurant in Gävle named "The Burned Goat" (Brända Bocken), which features the timeline for the Gävle Goat on their web site. In March 1990 another goat was built, this time for the shooting of a Swedish motion picture called "Black Jack". They just wanted a picture taken for their internet site and had not remembered that the webcams also took pictures. *1972 The goat collapsed because of sabotage. The cost for the 1966 goat was SEK 10,000.cite news|title=New goat is already on the way|publisher=Arbetarbladet|language=Swedish|date=2005-12-06|url=http://www.arbetarbladet.se/local_article.php?avdelning_2=0&id=350212 ] The city pays one third of the cost while the Southern Merchants pay the remaining sum. The Southern Merchants had intended that their huge goat would reclaim the world record, but the measurement of the goat showed it fell short. *1983 The legs were destroyed. cite news|title=The goat is burning!|language=Swedish|publisher=Dagens Nyheter|date=2003-12-12|url=http://www.dn.se/DNet/road/Classic/article/0/jsp/print.jsp?&a=213592 ] The 3rd and 4th of December, 2005 was, thus far, the most violent weekend for public Yule Goats around Sweden. Then Harry Ström, who at that time was the chairman of the Southern Kingstreet Non-profit Organisation, decided to pay the whole cost for the goat out of his own pocket. Their goat was much smaller, around 2 m (6 ft), and not nearly as expensive as the goat normally built by the Southern Merchants, but it was appreciated by the citizens of Gävle, which was the intention of the students from the beginning. As of 2006 it is still unpaid. The skeleton is then treated and repaired, and the goat reconstructed over it, using straw which the Goat Committee has pre-ordered.cite news|title=New goat is already on the way|publisher=Arbetarbladet|language=Swedish|date=2005-12-06|url=http://www.arbetarbladet.se/local_article.php?avdelning_2=0&id=350212 ] Burning the goat is an illegal act and can result in severe fines or even prison time for arson. 1971 . [44] The goat was burnt down in the early morning of 2 December. In 1998, the goat burned on the 11th of December. Anna Porelius, spokeperson for the Gävle goat, told Radio Sweden about the latest crimebuster: ... And the 1997 goat was damaged by fireworks. The Natural Science Club's Yule Goat that year measured 14.9 m (49 ft), which earned them another place in the Guinness Book of World Records. *1985 The 12.5 m (41 ft) tall goat of the Natural Science Club was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the first time. In addition to the Southern Merchants' goat being burned, the Natural Science Club's goat was thrown into the Gävle river. Their little goat was kicked to pieces. Until 1985 the Southern Merchants held the world record for the largest Yule Goat, but over the years the Natural Science Club's goat increased in size, and in 1985 their Yule Goat made it into the Guinness Book of Records with an official height of 12.5 metres (41 ft). Officially the city says that it does not support the burnings. *1969 The goat was burned down on New Year's Eve. Over the following 7 years there were no further attempts on the world record, but there was some bad feeling between the Natural Science Club and the Southern Merchants, evidenced by the fact that the Natural Science Club put up a sign near their goat wishing a Merry Christmas to everyone, except the Southern Merchants.In 1993 the Southern Merchants once again announced that they were going to attempt the world record. It got burned down a week before Christmas. The Yule goat in Gävle is traditionally erected every year on the first day of Advent (late November or early December). *1969 The goat was burned down on New Year's Eve. The Natural Science Club's goat was also burned down this year. In 2000, the goat was burned just a few days … No new goat was built. It was destroyed and broken into pieces. The Greek god Pan is said to have the upper body of a man and the horns and lower body of a goat. It takes a whole truck full of straw from the local village of Mackmyra to create the goat. The goat is a member of the animal family Bovidae and the subfamily Caprinae, meaning it is closely related to the sheep. The court also confiscated Jones's cigarette lighter with the argument that he clearly was not able to handle it. The Natural Science Club's goat was burned down as well. As a result, in subsequent years the inside of the goat has been protected by a chicken-wire net. The Natural Science Club say that they will not attempt a new world record as long as the Southern Merchants do not either.Nowadays the Natural Science Club's goat is smaller than the record-holding goat, and it is also smaller than the Southern Merchants' Gävle Goat.Timeline*1966 Stig Gavlén came up with the idea of a giant goat made out of straw. *1985 The 12.5 m (41 ft) tall goat of the Natural Science Club was featured in the Guinness Book of Records for the first time. The red ribbon on that leg was slightly burned and fell off. To everybody's surprise their goat only measured 10.5 m (34½ ft) when completed. In one of their most bizarre segments they asked the public to help track down two suspected arsonists, a man in a Santa mask and a man dressed as a gingerbread man, wanted for burning down the Gävle Goat. [ cite web|title=The Gävle goat timeline|url=http://www.soderskopman.se/historia.html ] *1967 Nothing happened. Tony Nordin/CC BY-SA 3.0. [4] [5] The Gävle Goat of 2003. Both the Natural Science Club and Southern Merchants' goats burned down on the same night. Financial contributions from the public were raised to rebuild a goat that was burned down in January. The fire-fighters of Gävle sprayed the goat with water to create a coating of ice in the hope of protecting it from arson. Officially the city says that it does not support the burnings. With help from several financial contributors the goat was reassembled, this time out of lake reed.cite news|url=http://www.sploid.com/news/2005/12/santa_torched_t.php|title=Santa torched the giant goat!|date=2005-12-04|work=Sploid] *1971 The Southern Merchants got tired of the continual burning of their goats and stopped building them. Every year, with help from the other residents of the village he builds a 12.5 metre (41 ft) goat. In 1993 the Southern Merchants once again announced that they were going to attempt the world record. It began on a Monday and ended after 31 days on a Wednesday. 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