The C.O. Guide to Word Origins

In 17th century Europe, superstitious peasants believed that the sins of a village could be cleansed by placing a cat on a goat and driving it from town. It is from this custom that we derive our modern-day term catgoatscapegwanscramenating.

How Much Does This Thing Eat, Anyway?

It’s like a bottomless milk pit or something! I’ve got places to be, y’know?


You’re Too Cute to Be Real!

Are you freaking kidding me?! It’s like you escaped from a cartoon or something! I… I can’t even write a caption for you, that’s how impossibly cute you are! The beady eyes! The poofy cheeks! That wry little smile! I can’t take it! Just please, whatever you do, don’t say anything, because it’ll probably be so ultracute that I flip out completely!


Via Su-May.

Know Your Obscure Horse Breeds!

Horse aficionados are familiar with the Shetland Pony, affectionately nicknamed the “Sheltie.” Less well-known, however, is the “Shelter” pony, which instinctively stands over smaller animals in snow and rain.


“That’s what friends are for,” says Redditor CityCaption.

And a Slide of Bacon, Please

Hatch Your Very Own Goat!

From the people who brought you the amazing Sea-Monkeys,™ here come Goatlings,™ real baby goats that hatch in seconds! Here’s how they work:

  1. When your very own Goatling arrives, shake it to release the patented Snowflake Life Crystals.
  2. Wait ten minutes.
  3. Wait ten more minutes.
  4. Realize you got suckered into buying a snow globe.
  5. Put on shelf, feel stupid.

Posted to our Facebook page by Gretchen!

Mind if I Horn in, Ladies?

I noticed ewes standing there, admiring my… hardware, and I decided to let you look at it up close and personal.


Via Reddit, it’s Ridiculously Photogenic Goat!

Kids These Days, They Just Stand There

Why, when I was their age, I was leaping and frolicking all over the place! Now look at ’em — stiff as statues.


Via Sam Lavy.

Two, Tired

14836778162_ed937b4778_kFlickrer Mark Peters rolls out the story: “Last week, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary accepted a mother pig and her babies into the fold. PETA rescued this family from a trash-filled pen in a trailer park in North Carolina. Now they can munch on grass, sleep in a straw-filled bed, and live out their lives together with lots of space to roam in, mud pools to cool off in, and a family of more than 40 other pigs to socialize with.”

Head-Butting for Beginners

For the eager youngster, head-butting may appear simple, but mastery of this skill requires timing, cooperation, and awareness of basic principles of geometry…


For example, it is important that the participants align themselves within a single two-dimensional space, lest they accidentally veer into a perpendicular “side butt.”


It is also important to concentrate completely upon the maneuver, and not allow oneself to become distracted by other goings on.


But with practice and teamwork, head-butting will become as easy as falling off a log (unless you happen to pick a log as your practice space).


Via Martin Pettitt.


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