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A sad ending to one of the internet’s weirdest stories

Posted in News and that by Adam Westbrook on May 3, 2007

It was one of the world wide web’s first true love stories. A love between the public and a story. The love between one man – and his goat.

a goatYes, in what I once described as a reason never to get rid of news editors ever, way back in September, the story of a Sudanese man marrying a goat after being caught doing a little more than milking it, became a big internet hit.

Sudanese man ‘forced to marry’ goat was published on BBC News Online well over a year ago. And naturally it became a regular feature on the site’s “most read” and “most emailed” section – an argument, in my eyes, that people shouldn’t really be allowed to decide the news.

And today, rather sadly, the news broke that the newly married goat has died, apparently after choking on a plastic bag.

In recent weeks the original story had shot back onto the “most read” section in what I thought was maybe a spamming website trying to piss the beeb off. But apparently not – it’s genuinely been a popular story. What impression people take away of Sudan, God only knows.

But suitably, to end this bizarre tale, todays news has held steady on the “most read” and “most emailed” chart. I think it will be there for a long time come.

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  1. Emmanuel.K.Bensah said, on May 18, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Adam, Long time no visit! I could’ve sworn I left a comment on your blog! Thanks for passing by. Hope all is well with you? Could you please send me your eml again as I lost pretty much everything in an Outlook 2003 crash!:-(


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