When media ethicists fretted over the idea that a generation of younger Americans was relying on Colbert and Stewart’s shows as its only sources of “real” news, Colbert (in a candid, out-of-character moment) once said that his audience got the jokes because they came to it well-informed. They were already up to speed, already aghast at what they’d read or seen elsewhere, and needing someone to express their angers and worries in an entertaining way.
1966 Stig Gavlén came up with the idea of a giant goat made out of straw. But it turned out that Gavlén organisation did not have enough funding for the goat. Then Harry Ström, who at that time was the chairman of the Södra Kungsgatan Ideella Förening (a non-profit society), decided to pay the whole cost for the goat out of his own pocket. The goat stood until midnight of New Year’s Eve, when it went up in flames. The perpetrator, who was from Hofors, Gästrikland, was found and convicted of vandalism. The first goat was insured and Ström got all his money back.
1967 Nothing happened.
1968 The goat survived. A fence was built around the goat. Previously it was popular for children to play hide-and-seek inside and around the goat. There was also a rumor that one night a couple had sex inside the goat. In subsequent years the inside of the goat was protected by a chicken-wire net.
1969 The goat was burnt down on New Year’s Eve.
1970 The goat was burnt down only six hours after it was assembled. Two very drunk teenagers were connected with the crime. With help from several financial contributors the goat was reassembled out of lake reed.
1971 The Southern Merchants got tired of their goats being burned and stopped building the goat. The Natural Science Club (Naturvetenskapliga Föreningen:NF) from the School of Vasa (Vasaskolan) took over. 
1972 The goat collapsed because of sabotage.
A Battle of Wills: Did you know there’s a town in Sweden that erects an enormous Yule Goat every year, even though it always gets ritualistically burnt or otherwise destroyed?
This is hilarious and fascinating and I don’t know why Colbert isn’t doing some kind of countdown coverage of when this year’s goat gets torched.
Cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes’.”