By Wook Kim
October 21, 2008 at 07:30 PM EDT

An actual breed of domesticated goats found in North America, fainting goats (also known as nervous goats, stiff-leg goats, wooden-leg goats, and Tennessee scare goats) have a genetic disorder that causes younger animals to stiffen up and keel over.  These goats never lose consciousness, they only look as if they’ve fainted: after a few moments, they pop back up and go about their normal, um, goat-ly business. And,yes, it saddens us to learn that we missed — by just a few weeks — the World Champion Fainting Goat Show in Lewisburg, TN. Maybe next year.