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As I scour the Internets each day, sometimes these posts just write themselves the second my eyes latch on to a headline like this:

Airline Sacrifices Goats to Appease Sky God
Now we all know the airlines are cutting costs, so maybe whacking a goat is way cheaper then hiring a bunch of union Airframe and Powerplant specialists. At least that's the way this story out of Kathmandu seems to read:
Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday. Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due to the problem. The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport, an official said.
O.K., we can all agree the methodology might be way out there, but guess what happened after the goat was whacked...
"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been. Local media last week blamed the company's woes on an electrical fault. It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities.
Yes, this is one very large rock we all live on. And when the technology of modern-day jet travel meets the ancient cultures still very much alive in different parts of the world, I guess people of a third world will try just about anything to get their Boeing back in the air.

I just hope this kind of thing never catches on over here, because with the carriers doing everything they can to save a nickel here and a dime there, the airline mega-service centers may not be a safe place to frolic...if you're a goat.

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