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Subject: What is SwapaGoat.com?
Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:30 PM ET
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What is SwapaGoat Used for and how do I access it? It just shows a brown goat and nothing comes up when I click it..

Date Posted: 1/22/2009 11:46 PM ET
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It is a joke, used to lighten your day. 

Nothing comes up when you click it?  It says "Baaaaaa!" for me

There was a thread a long time ago about what other "Swap-A-" sites might be created, and some wag suggested "goat" and it stuck.

Eventualy the domain name was registered and that page created.  There is nothing more to it.  If you want to actually swap goats, the best place is probably in the Bazaar here.  I'd like to get a couple of goats, if you have some to trade, let me know.


Date Posted: 1/23/2009 12:46 AM ET
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I think it's a testing site for the PBS programmers.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 9:38 AM ET
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Just be careful what you wrap your goats in, because they like to eat the wrapper! 

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 10:28 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/25/2009 6:46 PM ET
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I typed it in to see what it was.  My son came running when the goat said, "Maaa!" hehe

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 7:23 PM ET
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I get no goat sound  :(

Subject: lmao!
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 11:49 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2007
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awesome. I looked at the bottom links today, and i was like? SWAPAGOAT?? is that for like swapping non-media? and then...IT WAS FOR SWAPPING GOATS!!!! HAHAHAHAH. and then, i clicked it and was like, MAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!


awesome. awesome.

i knew i liked this website, and the users. That's just all awesome - you all be good people!


(but just so you know LLAMAS are where it's at.)

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 6:26 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2007
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Here is a link to one old thread. Lots of belly laughs included, go to the restroom before you sit down to read it.



Date Posted: 2/5/2009 6:55 PM ET
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SwapaGoat was a brilliant idea, but they never did figure out a way to get the goats to stop eating the credits.  And the WL!  Let me tell you, that wishlist was a total nightmare because every single goat wanted to be at the very top!  You'd get fifty or a hundred goats, all trying to get to the top of that list at the same time and it could just get downright ugly.  Why, I even heard a rumor that some poor noobie got injured in a "goatalanche" that took days to cleanup.

And the tourguides!  Those poor tourguides...  I still get a lump in my throat when I remember them, walking around the site with those big pillows strapped to their backsides.  Because as we all know, you try to lead a goat and often as not you get bumped.  But they were dedicated, and they strapped those pillows on every day and got out there to guide!  (Actually, they were called goatherds, not tourguides, but the GH badge never caught on)

And of course, as another member mentioned, wrapping them was a real problem.  Even using extra tape didn't seem to help, because the goats developed an affinity for it.  They seemed particularly fond of Duck brand tape, and you'd sometimes find yourself getting just a big ball of wrapping paper, not a shred of tape left on it anywhere, and just a few goat hairs.  To this day there are still goats wandering around the postal system, eating the occasional book wrapper because they're hooked on the tape.  You see posts all the time about how someone got a book that was gnawed on, or an empty wrapper that was mangled "...as if by an angry gorilla."  No gorilla... goats.

I think the final downfall for the site, the one that doomed it to becoming a mere footnote at the bottom of the page, was when the boxers got involved.  Let me tell you, a box of 10 or 20 goats is pure havoc waiting to happen!  If you left airholes in the sides of the box the PO wouldn't accept it, and if you didn't leave the airholes, you risked serious injury to the person receiving the box when they opened it.  The cloud of "goat funk" thus released was almost a living, breathing entity.  Unlike the poor goats inside the box...

Anyway, there you have it, the saga of SwapaGoat.  However, it wasn't all bad.  To this day the phrase, "get your goat", the former SwapaGoat slogan, is still a part of our language... mostly in post offices though.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 1:25 AM ET
Member Since: 2/12/2008
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There was also a problem with people packing their goats & books in the same container. The goats were eating the books before they arrived and too many people complained the books were never sent.

It seems it's a good idea that they suspended SwapAGoat. Read this news article:


People now have to worry about receiving a black magic goat. They could turn back into a human and steal all of someone's books!

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 2:13 AM ET
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From what I understand the goat was found guilty and given the death penalty.


The buffet was last Friday.


Also, in related news, I understand that there are no plans to go forward with the seafood version of SwapaGoat, SwapaCrab, as too many on the test panel were getting boxes filled with in-laws and cranky neighbors.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Eeew! Would you eat a black magic goat even after it was killed & roasted?

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 1:43 PM ET
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In a good curry sauce?  Of course!