YouTube trend - Goat Mania

What’s so funny about a goat? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Except when it sounds like a human.

The YouTube universe has exploded, in less than a week I might add, in one of the strangest trends ever to take over computers everywhere (besides the Harlem Shake, although BC managed to do it with class and sophistication as always): goats.

It all started on Feb. 22 with a special goat edition of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” in which the chorus stars a screaming goat. Yes, you read that correctly. And I have to say, IT IS BRILLIANT. It’s funny every time. For those of you who haven’t experienced the “laugh so hard that you pee yourself” sensation that this video is notorious for, brace yourselves.

Or if you’re really not digging that midterm studying that you’re currently putting off, here’s a 15-minute loop of the hilarity. Hopefully you’re not in the library for this one.

With over three million views in just six days, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that I’m a little concerned about the future of humanity. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m laughing just thinking about the idea of a screaming goat, but really people?! Is this what it comes down to, a college education pushed aside to watch a goat screaming alongside Taylor Swift?

And if that weren’t enough, goat videos have taken over YouTube at an alarming rate. Goat editions of songs by other artists such as Chris Brown, Nikki Minaj, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber have blown up Facebook news feeds everywhere.

We also have seen a revival of the forever-famous fainting goat videos, as well as a compilation of goats just, well, making weird noises.

Although we survived the Mayan apocalypse, I think we should be fearing the impending world takeover by goats, cause folks, it’s happening. Aye.

So what’s the lesson here? Make sure you take your video camera next time you’re on a farm or at a petting zoo, because apparently just about anything can become a world-famous YouTube video. But seriously, stay away from the goats. They’re not to be trusted.

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