The Fairest Goat of All

From the Independent: Every year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, goat breeders converge to enter their animals in a beauty pageant. “The Najdi goat is a pure national product like nothing else in the world,” said Sheik Faisal al-Saadoun, the breeder who organized the show. “They are different in terms of beauty, shape, and how eye-catching they are.” The silky animals have a distinctive nose bridge and are named after the Najd region of Saudi Arabia. Most goats in the competition shared an ancestor named Burgan, a goat worth millions of riyals who was not displayed lest someone set the evil eye on him. One of Burgan’s sons, valued at 450,000 riyals, won the competition.