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Goatse, also commonly pronounced as goatsex & goat-see, is a shock site created in 1999 by Kirk Johnson.
This image was originally named gap3.jpg, and originally came from an archive of several other pictures of the man stretching out his anus out of places such as the rectum using several different methods, named gap.zip.
In 2004, the owner of the website was eventually taken to court, and the website got suspended. The man in the picture was later identified as Kirk Johnson, a gay man in his late 40s who actively posts pictures and videos of himself on pornographic websites, under the username KirkJ. the domain name got suspended by Christmas Island Internet Administration for Acceptable Use Policy violations in response to a complaint, but many mirrors of the site are still available, remaining on display on many other websites. The Christmas Island resident filed the complaint that resulted in the suspension of this domain name.
The website was then put back, after a new owner purchased the website for 8,000 euros in 2008, and is now planning to be a subdomain service on which you can host your own website. It now also has plans for its own e-mail system, named, Goatse Mail, claiming to be launched in early December 2012. However, the e-mail system has not been launched since. There were also plans for a cryptocurrency called Goatse Coin, but there doesn't seem to be any progress.
Some viewers also claimed that before the hello.jpg image was shown, it became an internet meme, there were some other pornographic images shown on the site, such as a picture of a woman doing sexual acts with a goat. However, no one has been able to confirm this statement's validity. 
In Popular Culture
There are a few mirrors to the website such as goatse.info and goatse.ru. The image has also been displayed on happypuppies.net, another infamous shock site for its disturbing imagery. Some versions of Last Measure that will harm your computer and also show the Goatse image.
- "KirkJ's Profile - Xtube.com". www.xtube.com. Retrieved 2018-12-15. xtube.com/profile/kirkj-508702/about-me Link Contains Pornography.
- Chen, Adrian. "Finding Goatse: The Mystery Man Behind the Most Disturbing Internet Meme in History". Gawker. Retrieved 2018-12-14. http://gawker.com/finding-goatse-the-mystery-man-behind-the-most-disturb-5899787
- Pearson, Jordan; Koebler, Jason (2017-10-17). "The Current Owner of the 'Goatse' Website Wants It to Be a Household Name". Motherboard. Retrieved 2018-12-15. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/evpj8a/owner-of-goatse-coin-website-wants-it-to-be-a-household-name-meme
- Koebler, Jason (2015-05-15). "Someone Hacked a Billboard in Atlanta to Display Goatse". Motherboard. Retrieved 2018-12-15. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kbz5vv/someone-hacked-a-billboard-in-atlanta-to-display-goatse
- i.imgur.com/5dWOEfv.jpg Contains the goatse image.
NOTE: The following shock site contains graphic images!
- web.archive.org/web/19991008013724 19991008013724]
- LOLSHOCK mirror: goatse.bz
- Shockchan mirror: shockchan.com/goatse/
- Alternative link: collabvm.me