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World of Goats

Posted at 5:15 AM on June 2, 2009 by Dale Connelly (24 Comments)

Yes, it IS a world of goats, and of people too.

In New Zealand, Mitsubishi is trying to sell cars by including a free goat.

When you buy a Mitsubishi Triton in New Zealand, you can choose to receive a goat along with it, although when you look at the website it becomes pretty obvious they'd rather have you choose the "no goat pack," which substitutes $500 in free accessories.

To dispel any further doubt, it always helps to look at the fine print. Here are some of the most pertinent (and entertaining) conditions, taken directly from the NZ Mitsubishi website, should you choose the "goat pack".

Goat may vary from that pictured.

Goat colour choice may be limited and is at sole discretion of Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand.

Goat cannot be exchanged for nicer goat, or for cash. It's a goat- you get what you get.

Mitsubishi accepts no liability for any goat-related mayhem. If the goat does something it shouldn't and you ring up Mitsubishi, the best we can do is ask why you didn't choose the 'No Goat Pack' while you had the chance.

Housing, feeding and maintenance of goat is owner's responsibility. Remember: a goat is for life, not just because it seemed like a fun idea at the time.

Heartlanders who are goat advocates will at least appreciate this condition:

Goat will only be delivered to a safe and appropriate environment.

I suspect that anyone who would be in a position to lay out the bucks for something as big (over 4,000 pounds) and costly (20 to 26 thousand US dollars) as a Triton could get better terms on a straight-ahead goat purchase elsewhere.

In other entertaining goat news, Mike sent this arms-length photo of himself with a friend, taken this past weekend at the farm exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo.


Although it appears, at first glance, to be a Photoshop project, Mike assures me it is simply the product of weird lighting, aided by the camera's flash. To me, this image suggests that Mike has an ever-present goat on his shoulder, whispering advice into his ear. The question, of course, is ... what sort of goat are we talking about here?


Is it the sort of goat that tells you to do good things?
Or is it the other kind?

If you think you know what the goats are saying, please share.

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