These Four Colleges Have Some Strange Mascots


College football is great… unless your team isn’t. But for all those not-so-skilled squads out there, there is something that can always rile up the crowd: The mascot. Whether they’re the best catcher on the field or the worst runner on the court, the men and women in those oversized animal costumes sure know how to steal the show. And the five—shall we say—unorthodox mascots below are no different:

The Geoduck, Evergreen State College
What’s A Geoduck? Weighing up to 15 pounds, the geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world. Also, they’re known for their lengthy lifespans, often living for more than 150 years.
Why the Geoduck? According to Evergreen State’s website, “The Geoduck is a symbol of the essence of the college: accessible to all who are willing to dig deep.” The geoduck also represents Evergreen’s focus on environmental sustainability—each adult clam filters nearly 30 gallons of water daily.
The Geoduck In Action:

The Boll Weevil, University of Arkansas at Monticello
What’s A Boll Weevil? A beetle whose favorite food is cotton. The boll weevil single-handedly devastated the U.S. cotton industry in the 1920s after migrating from Mexico.
Why the Boll Weevil? For many, the boll weevil is a nasty crop-ruining pest. But the University of Arkansas at Monticello apparently saw the beetle in a better light—it came, saw and conquered.
The Boll Weevil In Action:

The Demon Deacon, Wake Forest University
What’s A Demon Deacon? Demons are supernatural fiends; deacons are ordained Catholic ministers—put the two together and voilà.
Why the Demon Deacon? After Wake Forest’s football team defeated their rivals at Duke University in 1923, the then editor of the school newspaper noted their “devilish” hustle by calling them the “Demon Deacons.” The name has stuck ever since.  
The Demon Deacon in action:

The Biliken, Saint Louis University
What’s A Biliken? After reportedly seeing a pointy-eared figure in a dream, American illustrator and art teacher Florence Pretz took to the drawing board. The result was the biliken, a charm doll said to grant its owner with good luck.
Why the Biliken? Nobody knows exactly how the Biliken became SLU’s official mascot, but rumor has it that a biliken-looking caricature of John Bender, the university’s football coach in the early 1900s, was posted in the local drugstore. Shortly thereafter, the team became known as “Bender’s Bilikens.”
The Biliken In Action: