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Best Corporate Mascot Ever: Petey P Cup

On his Facebook page, Petey P Cup ponders, “Do you ever ask yourself questions like: What if I’m the best mascot EVER?!?!?” I think the answer is pretty obvious. Petey P Cup is exactly what you think he is – a large, Justin Timberlake-on-SNL-esque mascot extolling the virtues of HealthPartners.com, a non-profit in Minnesota. Like many [...]

Surreal Mascot Masks

These kooky mascot masks are the brainchild of Ian Langohr, who used skills learned while working for a mascot production company to channel his inner strange. Maybe these masks will inspire the wildest bunch of college mascots ever-California Nest Mouths anyone? Link

Hockey Team Adopts Chewbacca as Mascot

If your team is going to have a mascot, it has to be one that connects with people. That’s why there was a movement by Ole Miss to adopt Admiral Ackbar. ‘Cause when you think of Mississippi, you naturally think of the Admiral. It’s a common association. And that brings us to hockey. What creatures to [...]

Cookie the Penguin

(YouTube link) Cute little Cookie is a penguin of the species known as Little Penguin {wiki}. He is the mascot of the Zoo Bird House at the Cincinnati Zoo. On a related note, I looked up “bumblefoot” and found out where they got the name for the penguin in the movie Happy Feet. -via Ever So [...]

Cthulhu/Monopoly Tattoo

+1 for originality. This tattoo mashes up Cthulhu and Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mascot from the board game Monopoly. Link

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southwest)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Let’s kick things off with the Southwest region. (1) Kansas began playing basketball in 1898, shortly [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Mascots That Don’t Seem to Make Any Sense

I went to a university with a seemingly-perplexing mascot. How do you get a small red bird from a large, destructive force of nature? It turns out there’s a perfectly good explanation – for Iowa State and for these nine other schools. 1. The College: Iowa State University The Team: The Cyclones The Mascot: a cardinal bird What Gives: [...]

Tiny Robot to Roll from Tokyo to Kyoto

The Evolta robot — the mascot of Panasonic’s line of batteries — will roll 500 kilometers from Tokyo to Kyoto. It’s powered by 12 AA batteries, and the trip is meant to serve as a public demonstration of the batteries’ endurance: The Evolta humanoid, whose new design is meant to resemble an ancient highway traveler pulling [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Defunct Advertising Characters

We all know that Mickey Mouse is the figurehead for the Disney company and Ronald McDonald is the recognized face of his namesake fast food chain. But it wasn’t always that way! Check out these 10 mascots that represented their companies before being replaced by the latest and greatest. 1. Alice, The Walt Disney Company. Before [...]