Every Spring, a vast migratory band of goths congregates in Leipzig, Germany. The goths’ presence dominates the cityscape for nearly a week before the creatures disperse, and local stocks of fishnets and clove cigarettes become dangerously low, while many disgruntled property owners report having to forcibly shoo bewildered goths out of adjacent alleys.
By and large, however, the goths have become a kind of mascot for the city, and many residents view the arrival of the goths as a herald that Spring has truly arrived. After only a few days, the goths will go their separate ways—some tagged specimens have been tracked as far away as Japan, Canada, and Russia—and life in Leipzig will return to normal. The most common reason wild animals congregate—to seek mates—does not apply to goths, who reproduce asexually. Why do they gather? What is the purpose of this strange migration? We just don’t know.