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What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off?
December 19, 2013 9:36 AM   Subscribe

What's That Clinging To The Towering Wall And Why Doesn't It Fall Off?
posted by Daddy-O (30 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
So I asked a question about this picture a while back.
posted by dfriedman at 9:40 AM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wow.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:54 AM on December 19, 2013


I am starting to think there's a study to be done about what makes really old internet memes/stories come around and get popular again. There's some sort of ripple/wave effect going on, I think.
posted by Decani at 9:55 AM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


So... No big eagles around, I take it?
posted by Sys Rq at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


No matter how frequently I see them, I love these pictures. They are just so amazing.
posted by OmieWise at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh man... getting vertigo just looking at those photos.
posted by idest at 9:58 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Free Soloing
posted by scose at 9:59 AM on December 19, 2013


That's great until one of them licks a hole in the wall. Thanks a lot, Floodgoats!
posted by etc. at 10:01 AM on December 19, 2013 [11 favorites]


You don't really realize until you've been around them, but goats get everywhere; trees, roofs, sheer straight cliffs apparently... They're awesome climbers, and dfriedman's AskMe on Goat Climbing Science is pretty awesome.

Goats are cool. And cute. And all over the place, eating random totally inedible objects. Nature's toddlers.
posted by byanyothername at 10:03 AM on December 19, 2013 [9 favorites]


Goats are mean. And stinky. And aggressive. And noisy. And constantly horny.

Not toddlers, teenagers.
posted by aspo at 10:17 AM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Alternate Title: "Bobby Krulwich Gets A Email!"
posted by Rat Spatula at 10:21 AM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


Also, worth reading the comments, if you like terrible, terrible goat puns
posted by blahblahblah at 10:32 AM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Looks like a clipping issue to me. Try restarting the server.
posted by blue_beetle at 10:32 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I saw a goat in a tree once.
posted by Uncle Grumpy at 10:38 AM on December 19, 2013


That's great until one of them licks a hole in the wall.

Don't worry; the golden eagles will get them.
posted by TedW at 10:39 AM on December 19, 2013


Amazing.

These are Ibex, but an interesting piece of trivia is that the #1 cause of death for Mountain Goats is falling off cliffs. I imagine Ibex follow a similar pattern.
posted by mcstayinskool at 11:02 AM on December 19, 2013


A g√łat once bit my sister.
posted by arcticseal at 11:03 AM on December 19, 2013 [3 favorites]


"Goats are mean. And stinky. And aggressive. And noisy. And constantly horny."

How goatist!
posted by greenhornet at 11:28 AM on December 19, 2013


greenhornet: "How goatist!"

Indeed... Some goats are not mean, only entire male goats stink, some goats are as sweet as your favorite dog and not always horny...
posted by jgaiser at 11:53 AM on December 19, 2013


Also, worth reading the comments, if you like terrible, terrible goat puns.

Well who doesn't like terrible, terrible goat puns? I'm particularly fond of the very rare goat/80s rocker pun form known as the RockerBilly.

For example:

What do you call an unemployed goat? Billy Idol.

What do you call a goat who's lost at sea? Billy Ocean.

What do you call a goat that can't really sing but just lip syncs? Billy Vanilli.

What do you call a goat that owns an English country estate? Billy Squier

(The search continues, by the way, for the Holy Grail of Rockerbillys, the Billy Joel joke.)
posted by Naberius at 11:54 AM on December 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Damn. I've never wanted to ingest anything that badly, and I went to college and like beer.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:04 PM on December 19, 2013


Excuse me, Mr. Goat, yeah, um, I just was wondering if you happened to notice all that nice green grass on the sides of the dam, not on the dam itself. I mean, I'm not going to tell you what to eat or anything, but I just figured you'd be happier not risking plunging to your death while eating way more stuff.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:04 PM on December 19, 2013


(The search continues, by the way, for the Holy Grail of Rockerbillys, the Billy Joel joke.)

Um, what do you call a goat, marooned in space, who builds a pair of robots to have someone to talk to during movies? Okay, I got nothin.
posted by George_Spiggott at 12:20 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


I grew up less than 100km from where those pics were taken. We had some 150 goats or so which roamed freely but would mostly come home when you called them.

A very common problem is that they climb somewhere and then don't know how to make it back, and you have to find them in whatever insane place they got before they starve or make a desperate jump.

They're not exactly thinking this through beforehand.
posted by dhoe at 12:49 PM on December 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Les Revenants would have been ten times as cool if this was the dam they kept driving over.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:09 PM on December 19, 2013


Looks like a clipping issue to me. Try restarting the server.

It's still not working.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:11 PM on December 19, 2013


Clearly that animal is a Gyascutus which has two short legs and two long ones which evolved to enable it to climb hills.
posted by euphorb at 7:54 AM on December 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


euphorb, we had those where I grew up too. My mom said, "always run the other way around the hill, because they can't turn around."
posted by sneebler at 2:24 PM on December 20, 2013


"Excuse me, Mr. Goat, yeah, um, I just was wondering if you happened to notice all that nice green grass on the sides of the dam"

I think they're after salt on the rocks, rather than grass. Snopes link from the AskMe, and well worth a visit!
posted by sneebler at 2:28 PM on December 20, 2013


I suppose GoatStep needs clips of goats climbing and screaming simultaneously. :)
posted by jeffburdges at 1:09 PM on December 21, 2013


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