3 St. Louis schools make list of odd college mascots
(KTVI) – Mental Floss magazine is where many knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia. They have a weekly web show of showcase from of their best finds. In this episode host John Green discusses 37 rather odd choices for a college mascot including a pickle, a banana slug, and a squirrel.
Three schools from the Gateway City made the list; Webster Groves, the St Louis College of Pharmacy and St. Louis University.
The intersection of Gore and Lockwood in Webster Groves makes an appearance at #19. The mascot was created by students in 1984 and was named after the intersection in “Old” Webster. The little yellow guy has the paws of a speeding cheetah, the horns of a buffalo and the face of a dependable Saint Bernard.
St Louis College of Pharmacy is #20. Their strange mascot is Mortimer “The Eutectic” McPestle. The term Eutectic describes the scientific process of two solids combing to form a liquid. The University says this is a metaphor for its college athletics program.
Coming in at #34 is St. Louis University’s Billiken. The elf-like creature with pixie ears and a sly smile came to Kansas City art teacher Florence Pretz in a dream. Soon the figure was featured on everything from marshmallows to hood ornaments. The image was a huge fad in the early 20th century. The university picked up the imp as their mascot before the fad faded.
Here are the first ten on the list. Watch the video for the full collection.
- Dartmouth – Keggy the Keg
- Ohio Wesleyan – Bishop
- Wake Forest – Demon Deacon
- University of Montana – Monte the Grizzly Bear
- Georgia Institute of Technology – “Ramblin’ Wreck” Ford Model A
- Scottsdale Community College – Artie the Fighting Artichoke
- North Carolina School of Arts – Fighting Pickle
- Concordia College – Kernel Cobb
- Delta State – Fighting Okra
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Cayenne the Hot Pepper
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