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Strange But Fun College Mascots

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Odd School Mascots

Odd School Mascots

Go, Fight, Win?

A lot of thought goes into where a person goes to college. A prospective students considers their major, reputation, school rankings, extracurricular activities and many other factors. One thing that student probably does not consider is the school mascot. Maybe they should.

A School Mascot serves as a symbol for a college and in many ways reveals the school's character. A school mascot can tell how much fun the school is to attend. Whether it takes academics seriously. Whether it takes sports seriously. Or perhaps the mascot does none of this but just serves as a bit of fun and a symbol of pride. But some mascots are just plain weird. The following is a list of some of the strangest school mascots.

RISD'S Scrotie

RISD'S Scrotie

The Rhode Island School Of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design, known as RISD, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1877, RISD is considered the best fine arts college in the United States. RISD contains one the best fine arts museums in the United States and accepts students from all over the world.

However, while RISD is known as a great fine arts school, it is not well known for its sports programs. RISD yields an ice hockey team who has affectionately been named the Nads. The official slogan for the ice hockey team is "GoNads." RISD also fields a basketball team known as the balls. The official slogan for the basketball team is "When the heat is on, the Balls stick together." With such unusual names, it is no wonder that the unofficial/official mascot for RISD is Scrotie, Scrotie is a man sized penis that wears a red cape.

UCSC Banana Slugs

UCSC Banana Slugs

University Of California, Santa Cruz

The University of California, Santa Cruz is one of ten schools that make up the University of California. Located on a hillside above the city of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz's campus is a beautiful forested area that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. UCSC was founded in 1965 and is a modern research university and known for its student political activism.

UCSC began its sports program in 1981 and offers Division III sports including basketball, soccer and volleyball. In 1981, the original mascot was announced as the sea lions but most students objected. In 1986, the students voted to declare the official mascot of UCSC to be the banana slug. For those who do not know, a banana slug s a small tiny bright yellow slug that can be found around the campus. Go Slugs!!!

Stanford's Official Mascot Is A Color, But This Trees Serves As The Unofficial Mascot

Stanford's Official Mascot Is A Color, But This Trees Serves As The Unofficial Mascot

Stanford University

Stanford University is considered one of the best private universities in the world. Founded in 1885 and located in Palo, Alto California, Stanford has a reputation for hard core academics, a competitive environment and a loyal alumni base.

Stanford also is very competitive in sports. It is a member of the Pacific Ten Conference, a division I sports conference that is considered one of the best in the nation. However, for a bunch of smart people, Stanford's school mascot makes no sense. Stanford's original mascot was the Indian, but after objections from Native American Students and a vote of the student government in the 1970s, the mascot was declared to be Cardinal. No, its not the bird, it is the color Cardinal. The official mascot of Stanford University is a color. However, the Stanford Band finding it hard to cheer for a color developed its own mascot, a giant tree. So Stanford University has a color for a mascot and a big tree showing up at football games. Odd.

The Fighting Pickles

The Fighting Pickles

The University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts

The University of North Carolina School Of The Arts is a public arts conservatory located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Founded in 1963 as a conservatory of performing arts, the school's stated mission is to train its students for a professional career in the arts. It offers Dance, Design, Drama, Filmmaking and music schools and has students continually perform in public.

Oddly, the UNC School of the Arts has no official sports teams. But that does not stop the students from cheering on its very popular mascot, the fighting pickles. Nothing spreads fear like a fighting pickle.

Honorable Mentions:

The Cincinatti Xavier Blue Blob

The Cincinatti Xavier Blue Blob

The Delta State University Fighting Okra

The Delta State University Fighting Okra

The Whittier College Poets

The Whittier College Poets

The University Of Arkansas- monticello Boll Weevals

The University Of Arkansas- monticello Boll Weevals

Evergreen State Geoducks

Evergreen State Geoducks

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Comments

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on March 09, 2012:

Interesting Babagranny, thanks for reading

Babagranny on March 09, 2012:

The KU Jayhawk as a bird is mythical, but the name "Jayhawk" or "Jayhawker" was a term applied to border crossers who came to Kansas during the fight for "free state" status before the civil war. So Jayhawk is a historical term and the mascot came from putting a body to the word.

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on December 14, 2011:

One

I am not familiar with them? All I could find is the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, no mascot. Perhaps you could enlighten us? Sounds "interesting"

Thanks for stopping by

oneblankspace on December 13, 2011:

No love for the GIAL Fighting Uvulas?

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on March 13, 2011:

In honor of my Gauchos, who for the second year in a row made the Big Dance, Ole Ole Ole Ole Gauchos Gauchos.

One week ban on Gatorade is full effect!!!! Go Gauchos

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on July 01, 2010:

Interesting, Added in your honor.

Thanks for reading.

MelissaWood on July 01, 2010:

Aw, come now no Evergreen Geoducks? Sister school to the banana slugs!

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on June 04, 2010:

So Jay, I looked it up, it appears that Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars is in the lead. "Its a trap".

If that becomes it, it will surely make this list.

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on June 04, 2010:

I don't know.

jaywhite2000 from Atlanta on June 04, 2010:

Do you know if Ole Miss has decided on a new mascot yet?

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on March 14, 2010:

In honor of UCSB, my alma mater who made the big dance in honor of ole, the mascot above,

Ole Ole Ole Ole Ole Gauchos Gauchos

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on October 22, 2009:

Agreed, didn't realize it wasn't real.

Thanks for the comment.

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on October 22, 2009:

I had a Santa Cruz banana slug t-shirt for awhile after knowing someone who went to college there.

The University of Kansas mascot is a mythical bird, the Jayhawk. It is nicely done, however, and slips out of the realm of strange and into pretty cool.

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on October 15, 2009:

Thanks for reading

Mindfulness on October 15, 2009:

This is too much Hah! I can't believe the mascot for RISD! I DO love that the Stanford mascot is a color and not an animate object.

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on September 28, 2009:

lol. I agree, that is why I called it stranbe but fun mascots.

THanks for the comment.

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

This was fun to read, bgpappa! It seems as these schools are still looking for a mascot-identity as they don't seem as if they have firmly established one. I'm sure you and I could come up with some good ones if we put our minds together! I mean, who the heck want to root for a cockandballs???

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on September 28, 2009:

Thanks for reading.

Carmen Borthwick from Maple Ridge, B.C. on September 28, 2009:

Interesting hub full of stuff I never knew. Thanks

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on September 27, 2009:

Fair Point MM. Thanks for reading

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on September 27, 2009:

NOTHING compares to Scrotie! But what would you expect from the school that gave the world The Talking Heads!

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on September 27, 2009:

Thanks all for the comment. I am going to add some honorable mentions when I have a chance: the fighting Okra, and I suppose a Blue Blob? Didn't see that one. The Anteater is pretty weird too, although it doesn't compare to Scrotie!@

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on September 27, 2009:

Oh my-- we have come a long way, baby with the RISD mascot.

Quite a lot of years ago, the University of California at Irvine was thought strange for adopting the fearful but slow ANTEATER as their mascot when the more predatory lions, tigers and bears (oh my) were more in fashion.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on September 27, 2009:

Please add Cinccinnati Xavier. They have a Blue Blob mascot that would embarrass an elementary school team.

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on September 27, 2009:

So true. Some of these schools make you wonder, "What were they THINKING?"

And then, as if Cardinal and Tree weren't weird enough, there's that Stanford tradition of the AXE. I just don't get it. And it's not just being a Cal fan, either. As a mascot, Oski (named after Oski Wow Wow chant?) is not my idea of ferocious. He's like the Mr. Rogers of mascots. I mean, he's cute, but he stoops.

Like this hub a lot bg. MM

bgpappa (author) from Sacramento, California on September 27, 2009:

Thanks for reading

girly_girl09 from United States on September 27, 2009:

Awesome hub; I really enjoyed this. Thumbs up!