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No Kidding: Google Hires Goats to Mow Lawn

Given all the employee perks at Google, tons of people endeavor to work for the Mountain View company. In a move that could goad aspiring Googlers, the search company today announced that it’s hiring goats.

“At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us.”

The company employs a herder which brings about 200 goats to the Google campus. The goats spend roughly a week at Google, eating the grass and “fertilizing” at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. All in all, the cost works out about the same as mowing and as Dan Hoffman, Director Real Estate and Workplace Services points out, goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

Credit: Google

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Alright, this is a great idea but a couple of things are worth mentioning here. First of all, how much poop can 200 goats on an all-you-can-eat diet produce inside a week? This could just be a forward thinking on our part, but Google may be gearing up to enter the fertilizer market. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Also, whatever about goats being cute, has anyone spared a thought for the lad who used to cut the grass at Google? We hope he didn’t have a wife and kid to feed. At least with him at home, they won’t need the nanny anymore. I wonder if I can ram another pun in somewhere. Wouldn't that get your goat?

Check out the Google blog post here. Post your goat puns below.

  • antilycus
    Thats a nice escape goat for Google to claim it's being Green :P
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  • michaelahess
    Come on, a once over to proof read, please!!!!
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  • FlayerSlayer
    "All in all, the cost works out about the as mowing."
    I think you're missing a word in there.
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  • mmc4587
    Also...We hope he didn’t have a wife and kid to feed. At least with him at home, they won’t need the nanny anymore. I wonder if I can ram another pun in somewhere. Wouldn't that get your goat?
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  • bill gates is your daddy
    a herd of goats pooping on your lawn cost the same as a herd of illegals doing the same? I'm with Google. I would go with the goats.
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  • mtyermom
    Jane McEntegartI wonder if I can ram another pun in somewhere.

    Jane, I don't want you ramming anything in anywhere...


    ...


    ...or do I?
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  • JMcEntegart
    mtyermomJane, I don't want you ramming anything in anywhere.........or do I?
    Dude, that's pretty scary.
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  • Platypus
    This is Al Gore's fault.
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  • edwilson
    OK, so with the new "job math" is that +201 jobs then subtract the mower guys who are now unemployed? What is the net job creation and/or "saved" with this move. Can we get the goats to pay payroll taxes? Is Jen up to speed on HR compliance? Just kidding of course. :)
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  • devilgear44
    businesses do it all the time here in Wyoming T_T
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