It’s hard to have school pride when your mascot is something as silly as a snail or a pickle. However, there are colleges in the US that get by, even though their mascots are out of the ordinary. If you think your school has done some embarrassing things in the past, you haven’t seen anything yet. Here are the weirdest college mascots around that will make you feel good about where you’re getting your education.
Rhode Island School Of Design got a little too creative when they came up with a mascot for their hockey team. His name is “Scrotie” and he’s meant to look like a penis. While some people consider him to be comical, others consider him to be completely offensive. In fact, Huffington Post listed him as one of the most highly-controversial mascots in the country.
The Evergreen State College has a mascot whose name is hard to pronounce. Even though it’s spelled “geoduck,” it is pronounced “gooey duck.” It sounds like a fake name, but it’s actually a creature that exists. In fact, it’s the world’s largest burrowing clam. The oldest one lived to be 168 years old, which is pretty impressive, and could be why the college decided to use the animal as their mascot.
The University of California at Santa Cruz has a pretty bizarre mascot, which is meant to be a banana slug. What exactly is a banana slug? It’s a “bright yellow, slimy, shell-less mollusk commonly found on the redwood forest floor.” Of course, slugs have a reputation for being slow, so UCSC must not mind if other schools underestimate their speed on the football field.
Mascots don’t have to be animals. Scottsdale Community College proves that; their mascot is actually an artichoke. After all, kids are always told to eat their greens if they want to become big and strong. In a way, the mascot makes perfect sense.
The Standford tree is unlike any other mascot you’ve ever seen. Even though the look of it has changed drastically over the years, one thing always remains the same: it looks absolutely terrifying. Most mascots aim to look cute and adorable in order to make the crowd cheer, but Standford decided to take a completely different approach.
The mascot for The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has been named the “Cheesiest College Mascot.” After all, it’s a giant pickle that occasionally dresses up in ballet outfits and corny hats. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere; it has been the school’s mascot since 1972.
Yes, this is a strange mascot for Dartmouth College. However, it fits perfectly with the college theme. After all, if students aren’t busy playing sports or studying, then they’re busy drinking. Most of the spectators at a football or basketball game will be drunk by the time they show up anyway, so why wouldn’t they love to see a keg dancing around them?