Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

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.

3 comments:

Autumnforest said...

You know, I saw one of those once. You'd think that over time, predators would have gotten rid of all the frozen goats that could pass on the gene. p.s. I can't wait to see that movie!!! It looks hilarious.

Above the Norm said...

LOL, the movie looks good. So he is not using the ol' Jedi mind trick, there are goats that really just faint.....interesting. I didn't know that so thanks for the info.
Julie

Courtney Mroch said...

I knew of fainting goats, but didn't even think that's what they'd use in the movie to affect that scene. This was a GREAT post!