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This is a goat made up of 5 sticks. You have to move (change position) any one stick of them such that its head turns to the right side (above the right leg).

Notice currently its head is on the left side and above the left leg.

Part 2- Turning a Dog

Part 3- Turning a Horse

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    $\begingroup$ so you can only move one stick and the result should be that the goats head (the neck line and head line) is then on the right side? $\endgroup$
    – Vajura
    Jun 30 '15 at 10:43
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    $\begingroup$ @prog_SAHIL Why not simply stick the sticks to a semi transclucent paper and horizontal flip the paper without moving any sticks and view from the other side? $\endgroup$
    – kanchirk
    Jun 30 '15 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ lateral thinking not worth an answer: the goat head is already in position if we consider left and right anterior legs $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '15 at 15:19
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    $\begingroup$ This question is epic. Made me laugh so much because of the .... 'unethical' answers? I tried finding an answer different than Newbie's but only ended up with a cocktail glass. Cheers. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '15 at 18:34
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    $\begingroup$ When I first read the title in Hot Questions, I was kind of hoping this would be an RPG Stack Exchange question about a Cleric/Paladin ability. $\endgroup$
    – BenM
    Jul 2 '15 at 2:16

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Move the right most stick and place it on the bottom. This way, the goat will appear to face right when viewed with the head tilted 90 degrees to the left.

Here's the image equivalent:

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Apologies for the poor quality image. My office laptop has very limited capabilities in image editing.

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I've found a simpler solution that doesn't rotate the entire goat! See the image below for a visual explanation.

1. Separate the goat's head from its neck.
2. Move the goat's head over the right leg.
3. Rotate the head so it's facing the right and rest it on the goat's rump.
Only the head has moved, and it now faces the right and is above the right leg.

reforming a goat

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    $\begingroup$ I guess we have a winner $\endgroup$
    – Voitcus
    Jul 1 '15 at 11:21
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    $\begingroup$ +1 Wrong in so many ways... but right in that it, technically, answers the question.... $\endgroup$
    – AndyT
    Jul 1 '15 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ you just beheaded the goat, man now how will others try out. $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Jul 2 '15 at 12:39
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    $\begingroup$ That's what I call creativity! +1 $\endgroup$
    – Alex
    Jul 2 '15 at 17:01
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    – Voitcus
    Jul 2 '15 at 19:46
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Move the right leg up, so it seems like it was jumping down:

enter image description here It's head is now on the right side, and what was its head is now a tail.

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  • $\begingroup$ NO, this isn't the write way. You can't handicap the goat or add additional parts like tail. Modified figure should have same parts as in the question. $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Jun 30 '15 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ "You can't handicap the goat" PETA would be pissed. $\endgroup$
    – Adam Davis
    Jun 30 '15 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ You have not written I can't, so I consider it valid. If you see my goat, it now looks much happier and cheerful. Everyone sees it's having fun, jumping around and playing. It looks much better than sitting on the back in uncomfortable position, as in the top answer. $\endgroup$
    – Voitcus
    Jun 30 '15 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ I like this; the goat is kicking and gleefully causing trouble, as a goat should. This meets the criteria of the question without requiring spurious logic. $\endgroup$
    – Samthere
    Jul 1 '15 at 11:04
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    $\begingroup$ "No this isn't the write way" #irony $\endgroup$
    – Señor O
    Jul 2 '15 at 16:24
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A try:


the head is turned to the right

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    $\begingroup$ Truly brilliant. $\endgroup$
    – Samthere
    Jun 30 '15 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ But it doesnt fulfill the condition that the head should be above the right leg. $\endgroup$
    – Jakob
    Jun 30 '15 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ @Jakob Yeah, you are right. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '15 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ No , Head is just not above the right leg. $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Jun 30 '15 at 12:44
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    $\begingroup$ It must have four, since prog_SAHIL in the comments said that we "can't handicap the goat"! He wouldn't have done it himself, would he? $\endgroup$
    – Samthere
    Jul 1 '15 at 12:24
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Here is my try :

You can do it without moving any stick. Just go to the other side of the goat. The head will be on the right side, over the right leg. But since you have to move at least one stick, I moved her head in a more comfortable position so she's happier now. Happy goat

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    $\begingroup$ I want to say that this answer is wrong but... it.... it isn't...The goat is not specified to be like matchsticks on a flat surface or simular to a statue. These answers are much better received if "laterial-thinking" is one of the tags. $\endgroup$
    – kaine
    Jul 1 '15 at 12:47
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    – prog_SAHIL
    Jul 2 '15 at 12:41
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This question / Puzzle tag with "geometry" So here I came with geometry answer + little funny too as I notice that there are some really (rofl) answers.
Now Here is Goat which given by @prog_SAHIL. She is look something like this.

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Now here some geometry comes and now lets rotate her leg 1 to 45* clock wise. So its look something like this..

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So Now, leg 2 becomes her neck, leg 1 becomes leg 2 and neck + head become leg 1 and tail.

Just like this.

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So now you are thinking that where is her head. ????

Head isn't go any where, its here. You force her to turn, you force her to seet now she is looking at you angry. So here is her head, (below Image)

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Original, If she don't look at you. :P

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AND IF ROTATION IS ALLOW, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANY THING, JUST FLIP HER HORIZONTALLY AS SAME AS I DO ON FIRST IMAGE AND LAST IMAGE

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for well researched answer. However, I'm looking at your photos and have a suspicion that each photo shows a different goat, which was not allowed. $\endgroup$
    – Voitcus
    Jul 1 '15 at 18:19
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    $\begingroup$ @Voitcus thnx for ur commenct. However i need live goat for perform these oprations . Ha ha ha $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '15 at 18:21
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What about this? A move that satisfies the criteria in a three-dimensional way.

The right leg becomes the head of a happy goat all sprawled out, viewed from above.
enter image description here enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Um, okay. That works. $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Jul 2 '15 at 21:07
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    $\begingroup$ God, that's so good! :-D $\endgroup$ Jul 2 '15 at 21:49
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    $\begingroup$ ahaa cute baby goat :D <3 $\endgroup$ Jul 3 '15 at 7:06
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Since rotation is allowed as per CodeNewbie's answer, I can do it without moving any sticks!

new goat

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    $\begingroup$ That's one strange-looking goat! $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Jul 1 '15 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ @mmking Sure, but is it any stranger than the original? :-) $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '15 at 15:17
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My interpretation would be to pivot at the neck/back joint. Technically only one line has been moved because the back leg (now the front) is attached and simply follows the back. It meets the requirement of being "above the right leg" although I suspect OP also wants the head to be to the right of the right leg?

My interpretation

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    $\begingroup$ Stay away, Sheepish! This question is meant for the goatish. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 30 '15 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ Don't try this at home $\endgroup$
    – Voitcus
    Jun 30 '15 at 14:12
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    $\begingroup$ U can't move 2 sticks..AGAINST THE RULES. $\endgroup$
    – prog_SAHIL
    Jun 30 '15 at 14:24
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    $\begingroup$ Did you just break its neck? $\endgroup$
    – Alex
    Jun 30 '15 at 14:35
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Considering the fact that the neck is the only part of the body that connects the head with the body, can moving the neck towards the right side of the body, take the head to the right side too (along with the neck) ?enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ You can only move one stick. If you move the head and the neck, you are moving two sticks. $\endgroup$
    – mmking
    Jul 1 '15 at 10:20
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sorry, no picture, but I'll describe it: take the hind leg; attach it to the front foot and make it parallel to the back; now rotate the picture 90 degrees to the right. Now the goat's head is over the hind leg.

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    $\begingroup$ This answer has already been provided by another user. I suggest that you either remove your answer or add more information which will differentiate your answer from the previous ones. $\endgroup$
    – Mark N
    Jul 2 '15 at 16:37

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