A most marvelous invention greets mankind from the snowy mountain
They’re in commercials, they’re on YouTube, They’re on your Facebook feed. They’re goats!! Goats are adorable. They jump and bound and play. The scream, play dead, and do really, really weird crap that makes us go “awww!” But did you know that the quirky creatures are source to a plethora of totally interesting and obscure facts?
1. Goats are badasses
According to Norse mythology, Thor, the god of thunder, has a chariot that’s pulled by goats. Yup, meet: Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr. Not that I know how to pronounce their names, but get this; at night Thor eats the goats while taking care not to break any of the bones. Low and behold, the next day Thor has his goats whole and living the next day after resurrecting them. That’s pretty intense.
2. Goats have better vision than you.
Those creepy yet intriguing rectangular eyes you can’t stop looking actually serve a purpose. They give goats 340 degrees of vision without moving. Whereas you, mere human, only have 210 degrees – on a good day.
3. They have accents.
It was thought that only humans, elephants, dolphins, and a few other mammals had accents, but research form Queen Mary University of London has proven that goats actually have accents that change as they grow older and move into different groups.
4. Your sweater may be made of goat…Sorta.
Cashmere, the soft, cuddle fabric of our winter attire first came from the soft necks of goats in the Kashmir region in the 18th and 19th centuries. It comes from the fine undercoat of their hair. Have you thanked a goat today?
5. They’re just kidding.
For goats, giving birth is called “kidding”. No, seriously!
6. They don’t really faint.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but fainting goats don’t actually faint. That’s ok though because it’s still cute. Here’s what really happens: Thanks to a genetic oddity, when myotonic goats get excited or are startled, they’re muscles freeze up. They topple over and act like they passed out but they are totally conscious and within second (sometimes minutes) their muscles return to normal.
7. Goats are good companions.
Well, any goat lover knows this, and so do racehorses. They are sometimes kept with racehorses as companions as they are thought to have a calming effect on the horses. And the term “get your goat” is said to have originated from the practice of stealing said goats from said horses, causing the racehorses to do poorly.
8. Goats (supposedly) gave us coffee.
Ethiopian legend claims that a goat herder came across his frolicking flock after they had consumed the red berries from a shrub. Turns out, these were coffee beans and after experimentation, the herder experienced the same effects. And that, my friends, is why I am awake right now.