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April 12, 2012

The History of Goatse

A mostly fascinating, sometimes cringe-inducing (note: I’m a prude) and totally safe-for-work history of Goatse.

(Warning: While the article itself is absolutely SFW, click on the links within the article at your own risk.)

Your first Goatse hits you in waves, rocking between confusion and disgust as the physiological reality of the picture resolves gradually, magic-eye style.

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With the shareable domain name, Goatse.cx quickly made the leap from underground inside joke to the geek mainstream. Now you didn’t need a server to host your own image, or get inducted into the Hick Crew: The site was sitting there, begging for its next victim, and noobs were falling by the thousand. Even the New York Times would find itself Goatse’d, in a way.