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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.

GoatMikewithflash.jpg

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?

GoatmikeAngel.jpgGoatmikeDevil.jpg

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.


Comments (24)

I was snorting quietly to myself at the idea of getting a goat with my next car, but the pictures put me over the edge into full-fledged giggles. :D Good job, Mike and Dale and goat!

LOLcats has Ceiling Cat and Basement Cat. We have Halo Goat and Red-Horned Goat.

Posted by Kris in Minneapolis | June 2, 2009 5:54 AM


Oh dear, goats already have a reputation as the "devil's animal" -- don't need to encourage that image. I vote for the "angel goat" who whispers sweet nothings in ears while nibbling at hair and shirt....

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | June 2, 2009 6:13 AM


Good Morning!

Turns out my new job is no goat, or perhaps I should say, no devil goat. Thanks for all the good wishes, here in the honeymoon phase it's going swimmingly. Better yet, it looks like it will continue past the first blush so I am very happy with how things are turning out. Things could of course change but I am taking the goodness of it all to the bank in the mean time.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Posted by mark | June 2, 2009 6:27 AM


Good Morning!

Turns out my new job is no goat, or perhaps I should say, no devil goat. Thanks for all the good wishes, here in the honeymoon phase it's going swimmingly. Better yet, it looks like it will continue past the first blush so I am very happy with how things are turning out. Things could of course change but I am taking the goodness of it all to the bank in the mean time.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Posted by mark | June 2, 2009 6:27 AM


I'm sure that people who spend lots of time w/ goats (Bara, Cynthia....) know better, but when I pet those little bitty baby goats at the MN Zoo, they sure SEEM angelic.

Posted by sherrilee | June 2, 2009 6:29 AM


very cute pic, Mike! and Dale, clever and funny photoshop. i agree with Cynthia - that goat is whispering one of two things: "feed me" or "brush me (but brush me while you feed me)" - i don't think they ever dream devilish things for me to do; and when they eat the apple tree they are just eating. everything pretty much comes down to eating for them.

our 160,000 mile RAV4 has become our "goatmobile" so i suppose anyone buying a Triton, and taking the goat option, would have to be willing to let the goat ride in the back. which means other things than just the goat will be in there even after the goat gets out.........

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 2, 2009 6:34 AM


I think Mike has mentioned that he is the Mayor of Albert Lea. I wonder if Mike is getting advice form this goat regarding his work as Mayor. I live near Albert Lea and I know there are times when the Mayor of this town could use some help dealing with issues. Perhaps Mike is getting advice on what to do about the Govenor of Minnesota accusing some Mayors, including Mike, of complaing too much about cuts in state funds for cities.

Posted by Jim | June 2, 2009 6:42 AM


I think I would like to witness "goat-related mayhem". :-)

I have a request this morning, please, for the John Hiatt song "Have a Little Faith in Me"... done by either Bill Frisell or Hiatt himself.

Have a great day, all!

Posted by elinor | June 2, 2009 6:47 AM


Welcome to Scot and his new HD radio!

And Mark... I'm so happy to hear that things are going well. Here's my wish for a long, long honeymoon!

Posted by sherrilee | June 2, 2009 6:51 AM


Dale, The current moon is referred to as a waxing gibbous. Your talk of the moon and weather prompts my reply. Enjoy sunny and 70. We could use some of that in Prague.

Posted by Michele | June 2, 2009 7:00 AM


Michele,

Thanks for giving me a term to describe the phase of the moon. Although "Waxing Gibbous" sounds like some sort of primate. But I believe you.

Posted by Dale Connelly | June 2, 2009 7:07 AM


Could Mitsubishi New Zealand be kid-ding?

Thanks for the fun, goat-filled start to the day!

Posted by Beth-Ann | June 2, 2009 7:23 AM


Greetings! What a funny idea -- free goat with your new car -- their marketing people must be desperate -- or demented.

That cute little goat over Mike's shoulder can only be whispering nice things -- I don't pay attention to the religious idea of goats being evil. Mischievous, maybe -- but certainly not evil!

Great to hear your new job is going well, Mark. You give the rest of us hope for new possibilities out there.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | June 2, 2009 7:24 AM


As far as vehicles and goats, I always thought the Alpine Sherpa would be good, since it included a mountain for goats to climb. I am glad so many people are sharing the love of goats on this site.

Posted by Ranna | June 2, 2009 7:29 AM


Good morning all - truth be told, the goat was teasing me for having a bigger double chin than he/she. Although, I do like Jim's suggestion that the goat is giving me advice on dealing with the Governor - whether that might be the 'angel' goat or the 'horned goat' could have political implications.

Posted by Mike in Albert Lea | June 2, 2009 7:57 AM


Elinor - i sure wish i had the facility to record, and then link you to, the "goat-related mayhem" that (with my blessings) happens every time i let Artie and Tammy out to play. it's a sight to behold! and Alba just loves to join in. they DO look angelic, Sherrilee. wish you could see them in action.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | June 2, 2009 7:59 AM


Personally, I think that goats are the victims of a grand smear campaign. All those cartoons of goats eating everything in sight, including such unlikely things as cars, start the conditioning early. Then, as previously mentioned, we have this 'evil' pagan stigma connoting rituals of unspeakable horror. Then there's the whole 'head butting' terror. I don't think I've ever seen a goat do anything but run around, talk occasionally, or munch grass. So, who could possibly be behind this treacherous and spiteful conspiracy? If I had proof, I wouldn't be around to tell you this but in one word: Llamas. 'Nuff said. (And no comments about my 'waxing gibberish'...that's just too easy...)

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | June 2, 2009 8:33 AM


Well, I do agree that goats are wonderful animals that are really neither good nor evil. I'm sure Mike was only "kidding" when he said the goat was teasing him and I guess the goat probably isn't interested in politics and wouldn't give Mike advice about the Govenor. However, it seems that the Govenor might have been trying to make Mike into a figurative "goat" over the funding to cities issue.

Posted by Jim | June 2, 2009 8:55 AM


Uffda, TGITH, and this "early" in the morning!

I love how I never have ANY idea what the blog will be about on any given day. I have fond memories of the cavorting goats the one summer I got to milk some, there must be a link on the internet somewhere).

And it's fun to hear from Michele in Prague, gives a slightly different perspective to all this dry weather...

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 2, 2009 8:59 AM


p.s. Where do you suppose the expression "got your goat" comes from?

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 2, 2009 9:11 AM


I need to run off to work, but I cannot resist answering Barbara in Robbinsdale about "get your goat" expression. It comes from the practice of putting goats in with race horses for companions. If sromeone got the goat just before a race, it would upset the horse so much it wouldn't do well in the race.

Good day all!

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | June 2, 2009 9:24 AM


The expression "got your goat" was an offshoot of the teasing game we now know as "keep away," popular with bullies on playgrounds. When children would take the family's sheep and goats out to pasture, mean neighbor kids would hijack one while shouting back, "I've got your goat!" This, naturally, led to harsh feelings, which is what we associate with it today. In some circles it's felt that a "got your goat" situation escalated into what we know as The War of the Roses. This also gave rise to the less malicious "got your nose" game with infants.

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | June 2, 2009 10:23 AM


Still listening to blog later in the morning during the rebroadcast...thank goodness for rebroadcast. I am still enjoying and enjoying. Thanks!
Michelle

Posted by michelle in Winona | June 2, 2009 11:51 AM


All righty then, 2 reasons for "got your goat." :)

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | June 2, 2009 4:52 PM


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