What happens when you mix something good with something bad? Mix honey with vinegar- the honey is ruined, and the vinegar did not get any less sour-salty-weird. Both are ruined, and the result is anything but pleasant. But in relationships, this logic need not apply. Before the chaos and martyrdom ensues, there’s this crazy ignited spark that shines brightly, but quickly, until it inevitably burns out. Which might be what’s going on with Fred the Red.
Abundant apologies to my mascot readers- I have been quite the slacker these past few weeks, when really, mascots should always come first in life. Trust me, your disappointment is in no way as powerful as the disappointment I have in myself, thanks to an Asian-influenced upbringing.
If you’ve ever wondered “when does someone just sit down and write about mascots?” the answer is that it happens at work, when the rest of you are reading articles on Yahoo or buying items on Ebay. Today has been one of the worst days here, because our awesome group of 4 (Go SoCal!) got moved to the very other side of the room, and I am now in a different cube. Many have said that my response is overly dramatic, but I absolutely disagree. I have spent 8-12 hrs/day in that thing for the last year. That’s a lot of hours in said fabric-walled structure- enough to get an emotional attachment. A different group is moving to that area, and someone else gets to enjoy what was once my work abode.
“Life is like a box of chocolates- you never know what you’re going to get.”
Those of you who watch college football, live in the south, or even just watch ESPN once in awhile, know of LSU- Louisiana State University. But what about LSSU? Add one S in there and suddenly a blank is drawn. Much cooler (literally and figuratively) than this SEC powerhouse is the way up north academia home of 2500 students. Lake Superior State University has a campus in Michigan, on the banks of St. Mary’s River, which also happens to be the river that divides the United States from Canada. So you could go for a nice swim and suddenly be in another nation!!! Who am I kidding, there’s probably a fence- they don’t want needy Americans mooching off of their public healthcare.
Happy Monday! It’s everyone’s favourite day of the week, and to brighten it even more, let’s talk about Hannibal! Doesn’t that word just come with the phrase ‘The Cannibal’, of the 1988 movie ‘Silence of the Lambs?’ Well, it turns out it has a different origination entirely. In 200 BC, the Punic Empire in Carthage (Tunisia) had a military leader named Hannibal Barca, who was born into a militia family, and took power after his father led the empire to a loss in the First Punic War. Hannibal took a much more violent and dominant approach to war, and was successful through many battles, but eventually was desired for execution by the Romans. He instead took poison to show that at no point did the Romans have power over him.
Big hello to my WWE watching friends- here’s some trivia questions you should know the answer to:
Today brings us the first NFL game of the regular season, and since we’ve already talked about the mascots for both teams- Steely McBeam and Pat the Patriot- we will talk about a related item- deflategate.
When looking out into the field and seeing a mascot, you just see this cute happy character who is there to pump up the fans for a few hours. But behind the scenes, when the game is over, mascots have lives, too. Which means that, yes, different mascots have different backgrounds, beliefs, and religions.
The St. Louis College of Pharmacy is filled with 1200 students who plan on spending their next 6 years in Missouri learning all about drugs in the human body. So when these chemistry & anatomy loving geeks are asked to come up with a mascot, what did anyone expect to happen? Well, a picture speaks a thousand words, so here, this happened:
This is Mortimer McPestle, also known as Morty. What is he, exactly? Nobody knows the true creature, because they created him to be a eutectic. In case you are not a science-whiz, eutectic is the process by which two solids combine to form a liquid. Not exactly a fun mascot sort of concept. Despite this severe oddity, Morty is still able to put on his labcoat each day and lead students to shout their true school pride, with a similarly odd cheer:
“Be a Eutectic!
Smack it down, reflect it!
Our scary pharmaceutic troll
Will smash you in his mortar bowl!”
So case you thought that science geeks don’t take sports seriously, think again. Each year, the Eutectics play a basketball series against the Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for the Apothecary Cup. Now that’s legit.
Just an FYI- he does have a 6-pack.