It was a tense moment at the petting zoo last week: while crossing a pond, a baby goat's foot became stuck underwater, and the poor horned one could only flail his legs and bleat for help. Fortunately, he need not fear for long because a good samaritan swooped in for the save, dislodging the goat's foot and guiding him to shore. Who was this lifeguarding hero? Check out this video for the answer!
Back by popular demand, it's music from movie trailers! This time, I bring you the songs that caught my ear from the most recent crop of trailers. Can't find that catchy tune from the Goats trailer? Wondering what that melody was at the end of Celeste and Jesse Forever? Wanna work out to the pumpin' beats in the Jack Reacher trailer but you can't figure out what it is because there are no words? I got you covered. Check out all the trailers and songs and let us know which ones make it to your playlist (they're all on mine).
Do you like delightful, coming-of-age stories but always wish there were more goats involved? If so, then indie comedy Goats is for you. Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) plays Ellis, a teenager who's grown up in Tucson under the guidance of his hippie mother (Vera Farmiga) and the wise, bearded Goat Man (David Duchovny) who lives in their garage. Now headed to the East Coast boarding school near his estranged father (Ty Burrell), Ellis gets a peek at what his life would be like had he chosen to live with the man who left his family to start a new one.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Goats trailer. I'm a sucker for David Duchovny, and he does that whole distant, wise dude thing pretty well. I'm still a little fuzzy on the relationship between Ellis and his dad, but all the relationships feel so realistic (even Goat Man's) that I'm looking forward to seeing the family dynamics play out. The movie opens in limited release on Aug. 10, but watch the trailer when you read more.
Oddly enough, the animals are actually an important part of the oil-making process. The nuts are incredibly difficult to crack open, so enterprising people poked through goat poop to pick out the valuable argan nuts. Through the magic of goat digestion, the shells of the nuts became easier to open, and processing went from there. These days, most of the argan oil used in cosmetics is harvested without the help of goats, but in some places, the traditional goat-poo process is still in place. Now you know.
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So a pygmy goat walks into a bar . . . well, maybe not into a bar, but along the streets of San Francisco! Over the weekend I met this little pygmy goat in a trendy area of the city, and his owners couldn't be prouder. I'm not quite sure how you'd register a pygmy goat as a pet (or where you would keep it, and how you'd prevent him from eating all of your important documents), but he sure was cute. Not only cute, but he was personable — he walked right up to passersby and wanted to nudge and play with a few dogs as well!What do you know about pygmy goats? Find out in this short and sweet quiz. Take the Quiz
Lately, I've been showing you ways to go green without spending money, since being eco-friendly isn't always about dollar bills. Sometimes, though, all it takes to get into the earth's circle of friends is to spend your money differently.
Google knows what I'm talking about. The Internet monster has switched up its lawn maintenance routine by abandoning a lawn-mowing service for a more holistic approach — the service of goats. To trim the fields at its Mountain View, CA, headquarters, Google has hired the folks at California Grazing to bring about 200 goats and goat-herding border collies to the office for a week to clear weeds and eliminate brush-fire hazards. The service costs about the same as mowing, curbs air and noise pollution (except a few bahhhhs), and eliminates gas usage. Would you consider doing the same at your home?
Disney's always making talking animal movies, but unless I'm mistaken, they haven't made a talking goat movie. How odd is that? These creatures are practically already talking like humans! You wouldn't need to get John Travolta or Patton Oswalt to do a voiceover, you could just teach the goats their dialogue directly! (Oh, and is it just me, or does that goat sound like Jerry Lewis or one of the Three Stooges?)
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We've seen some pretty amazing animals on this site, from quite possibly the world's oldest dog to a recent title for balloon popping. I've found a few record-winning ear lengths and had to see if you'd beat my surprise at how expansive lobes can be! For good measure, I also added in some Guinness Record-holding goat horns . . . bonus. There are pictures, too, so see how you measure up!