28 October 2009
Fainting Goats: No Jedi Training Necessary...
If you've seen the trailer for the movie "The Men Who Stare At Goats", you've seen the clip where George Clooney, well, stares at the goat. The helpless critter falls over on its side, legs straight up in the air. I don't know if the scene is supposed to imply that the G-man possesses the video game ninja-like ability to "kill with a thought" or not. Maybe he just has the ability to make fainting goats faint.
Here's what wiki has to say about these weird and fascinating creatures:
A fainting goat is a breed of domestic goat whose muscles freeze for roughly 10 seconds when the goat is startled. Though painless, this generally results in the animal collapsing on its side. The characteristic is caused by a hereditary genetic disorder called myotonia congenita. When startled, younger goats will stiffen and fall over. Older goats learn to spread their legs or lean against something when startled, and often they continue to run about in an awkward, stiff-legged shuffle.
Yet another case of truth being stranger than fiction (based on truth!)
If you do a search for "fainting goats" or "myotonic goats" on youtube, you'll find a few videos of fainting goats...fainting.