This tale starts back on December 5, 2010, when Deviantart user Matoroignika uploaded this “pretty darn cool shot” of what appears to be a goose on fire, which came into the digital world with the title “Fire Duck,” since that apparently had a certain ring to it.
But the fiery crown is simply an illusion created by the bird running in front of a campfire. In reality, the goose was about to run straight into Matoroignika, and as he quickly moved out of its path, he captured the snapshot. And voila, it looked like the animal was one of Hades’s messengers.
It’s unclear what exactly happened to the goose afterward. But while the whereabouts of the flaming fowl may be unknown, its likeness would eventually gain notoriety across the internet kingdom.
And like many images living online, “Goose on Fire” would stay dormant until it found its heyday nearly half a decade later. As Know Your Meme points out, the goose only really caught fire online in 2015, when Facebook pages like أتاري // Asperger Boy 9000 // posted the picture.
Late last year is when Goose on Fire began to find its stride. It found itself on practically all social media networks, inspiring various transformed works and memes.
Goose on Fire was even the muse for Ducky-D’s 45-minute banger “It’s Duckin Lit.”