Perhaps tired of the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Cuban dominating the crypto press, Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has emerged from the shadows with a headline-grabbing move of his own – naming his new pet goat after the world’s biggest cryptoasset: bitcoin (BTC).
Bitcoin the Goat has become the talk of the net after Zuckerberg posted a photo of the animal frolicking in what appeared to be a hay-lined barn, with a playmate named Max, on his Facebook page.
The BTC community has been debating the significance of the goat and its moniker. On Twitter, Madelon Vos, a Dutch columnist and bitcoiner, indulged in some wordplay, quipping that the secret message behind the naming was that Bitcoin Max(imalists) are GOATs (greatest of all time). In fact, a number of other Bitcoin fans also very similar puns – a welcome distraction, perhaps, to the token’s somewhat erratic slide below the USD 55,000 mark in recent hours.
Crypto advisor and investor Anndy Lian was another to jump on the Bitcoin Maxi joke bandwagon, but also asked if the choice of name indicated that Zuckerberg was prepared to abandon stock investment in favor of a crypto portfolio.
Another crypto enthusiast, the CEO and co-founder of CoinCorner Danny Scott, asked if Zukerberg’s Bitcoin love meant that he had fallen out of love with Libra, his firm’s stablecoin project now known as Diem.
Among the mirth and excitement, a few sober souls clamored to make themselves heard. Bitcoin trader and crypto tweeter @BitBitCrypto appealed for reason, writing:
“Why would [Zuckerberg] want to put it on Facebook’s balance sheet instead of suppressing the price long enough to stash up like an emperor?”
The timing of Zuckerberg’s post suggests that he may have been paying close attention to Our, which late last month outlined three compelling reasons why his firm should take up a position in bitcoin.
But there was a macabre twist to all this goat-themed fun – as posters with good memories recalled the bizarre tale of how Zuckerberg once killed a goat he owned…and then served it up to the Twitter boss Jack Dorsey.
Back in 2019, Rolling Stone carried an interview with Dorsey, where the latter explained that Zuckerberg had killed a goat that he had raised “probably with a stun gun and a knife,” before sending it to be butchered.
“Evidently in Palo Alto, there’s a rule or regulation that you can have six livestock on any lot of land, so he had six goats at the time,” Dorsey was quoted as saying.
The meat from the slain goat was then put in the oven, but didn’t quite come out as planned.