GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human
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The dazzling success of The Toaster Project leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday from the complications of being human - by transforming himself into a goat. What ensues is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design, and psychology, as Thwaites interviews neuroscientists, animal behaviourists, prosthetists, goat sanctuary workers, and goat herds. From this, he builds a goat exoskeleton-artificial legs, helmet, chest protector, raincoat from his mum, and a prosthetic goat stomach to digest grass (with help from a pressure cooker and campfire)-before setting off across the Alps on four legs with a herd of his fellow creatures. Will he make it? Do Thwaites and his readers discover what it truly means to be human?
ISBN 9781616894054. Princeton Architectural Press.