(pronounced either ) was an Internet shock site
front page featured a picture, hello.jpg
, showing a naked
man stretching his anus
to a large size with
both hands, with the inside of his rectum
clearly visible. Below his gaping anus, his dangling penis
as well as a ring on the ring finger
his left hand.
The image, originally named gap3.jpg
, originates from a
set of forty images called gap.zip
. In those images, the
man uses dildos
to stretch his anus. The images were located by
and are also
available from the "Contrib" section of the goatse.cx
Goatse.cx had four sections, two of which had images intended to
shock the viewer, including the "Receiver", the main index page
containing the titular hello.jpg
image, the "Giver," an
edited photograph of a man reclining with an oversized penis
reaching up to his chest (contributing to an
joke between the two images,
suggesting that the man is stretching is anus to fit the giant
penis), a Feedback page containing user e-mails, and the "Contrib"
page, a collection of homages and parodies of the Goatse images
sent in by users.
The index page also contains a disclaimer about the content ("...if
you are under the age of 18
or find this
photograph offensive, please don't look at it. Thank you!") and a
disclaimer warning about unofficial Goatse.cx merchandise,
re-assuring that official Goatse.cx merchandise would be made
available. Newer versions of the site had links to
http://www.dolphinsex.org/ and http://www.urinalpoop.org/, while
older versions linked to http://www.biganal.com/
On January 14, 2004, the domain
was suspended by Christmas Island
violations in response to a
complaint, but many mirror
site are still available, and the image is displayed on many
websites. A Christmas Island resident named Rhonda Clarke filed the
complaint that resulted in the suspension of the goatse.cx domain.
She became prominent in some internet circles afterwards.
In January 2007, Christmas Island Internet Administration put the
domain goatse.cx back into the pool of available domains. The
domain was subsequently registered on January 16 through domain
registrar Variomedia, and the current registrant tried to auction
off the right to use the domain.
The goatse.cx domain name was reported sold at an auction on April
30, 2007 to an unknown bidder. According to seobidding.com, the
first auction ended with fake bids so the auction was reactivated.
This was again won by fake bidders, so Seobidding.com announced
that the website would be sold for $500,000 and that legal action
would be pursued against the fake bidders. On November 25, 2007,
the site was for sale on seobidding; "goatse.cx asking: $50200
Control of the domain was passed to the secondary market, and was
taken by a domain investor who was trying to sell the domain name
for 10,000 euros
As January 2008, the front page of the site features a stylized
rendering of the Goatse.cx image and notification that the
goatse.cx domain is once again for sale.
As of June 2009, there is a banner for the No Clean Feed
campaign. That banner and
hello.jpg both link to www.nocleanfeed.com.
The October 21st, 2009 edition of the Rick Latona "Daily Domains"
newsletter advertised the Goatse.cx domain for sale at an asking
price of $15,000, noting it as being a "famous site, tons of
used the .cx country code, the top-level domain of the Australian
territory of Christmas
Island. The actual server of Goatse.cx was not
located on Christmas Island, but in the United States and was owned by Hick.org, a website about computer
programming and bathroom humor.
Hick.org domain was registered by Matt Miller in Overland
Goatse.cx and Hick.org originated from the same IP address; the
server was located in Kansas City, Missouri,
metro-region. Goat.cx, formerly a mirror of Goatse.cx, was
located in the Dallas, Texas,
metro-region, while current mirror Goatse.fr is in France.
Reception and parodies
Because many frequent Internet users have been tricked into viewing
the site at one time or another, it has become something of an
. As such,
and the other images on the site are common
subjects of parodies
. Tribute to Goatse.cx (Warning: Many pages display
Following Hurricane Charley
August 2004, a photograph purporting to show "the hands of God" in
the cloud formations in the aftermath of the disaster circulated
via email. The image was eventually proven to be a fabricated
supposedly containing disc images of a leaked Mac OS X
build that can run on
standard "x86 architecture" computers
distributed during 2005
had been known to display the Goatse image when booted rather than
loading Mac OS.
In June 2007, a parody of the 2012 Summer Olympics logo
submitted by "Sean Stayte" appeared on the BBC News website under
the alternative Olympic Logo entries and was broadcast on their BBC
News 24 channel. Two hands were pulling the 0 from 2012 apart. The
image was later shown as part of a gallery of viewers logos on
BBC London News
and BBC News 24
, and was subsequently removed from
the website. The editor of the BBC News website acknowledged the
mistake in his blog, saying his team "simply didn’t spot it".
- " The Receiver," Goatse.cx 2004
- " The Receiver," Goatse.cx 1999
- " The Receiver," Goatse.cx 2000
- Council of Country Code Administrators - Acceptable Use
Policy .cx - Christmas Island (.cx ccTLD) > Policies -
AG - Domain-Registrierung, Webhosting, Reseller
d'informations Ce site est en vente!
- " goatse.cx is for sale." Sedo GMBh
- " Goatse on BBC." CollegeHumor. June 6, 2007. Retrieved on
October 3, 2009.
- " The Hands of God." Snopes. June 15, 2007. Retrieved on
February 23, 2009.
- " _43006883_sean_stayte_416.jpg."
BBC. Retrieved on
February 23, 2009.
- Herrmann, Steve. " Shock tactics." BBC. June 5, 2007. Retrieved on February 23,