This story about the origin of the phrase ‘your goose is cooked’ (a.k.a. you’re done for) was shared with me by my younger sister. I don’t have enough information to back up its authenticity so this will be another one of those historical jokes.
It’s too funny to keep to myself.
In the 16th century, a town in England was under attack by Eric the Mad of Sweden. The townspeople were irritated to the point they wanted to make a statement again the enemy. So they hung a dead goose outside the wall to say they had enough food no matter what.
Well, Eric took that personally as the goose is a symbol of stupidity. You can imagine what his interpretation of the situation was. He set the town on fire and burned it to the ground… literally cooking their goose.