July 20, 2018

Webster Gorlok named one of Buzzfeed’s weirdest mascots

Webster University’s mascot, the Gorlok, was named by Buzzfeed on Sunday as one of the top 23 weirdest college mascots. Webster’s furry friend with the paws of a cheetah, the horns of a buffalo and a face of a saint bernard ranked 18 on the list.  

Turns out  the name actually came from two combined street names from Old Webster – Gore and Lockwood Avenue. And no, it does not eat people.

Screenshot (26)With number one being the weirdest and number 23 being the least weird (but still weird) the kitchen sink of mascots that is Webster’s Gorlok fortunately landed on the less stranger side of things. Saint Louis University earned a “yikes” moment with their mascot, the Billiken, landing at number 3.

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Gaylord the camel from Campbell University made number 21, and Artie the Artichoke made number 12, just to name a few.

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For the record, the Gorlok used to look a lot more weird. The original life-sized make-believe creature stood 6’3 and completely covered in thick blue fur. Thankfully, Webster’s icon now has a subtle yellow coat and sports a school-spirited Webster t-shirt – which may be the cause of our higher ranked level.

 

In any case, Webster will not steer clear of the Gorlok anytime soon – all there is left to do is embrace the weird.  

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  • Dan Abshear

    Hello Hayley,
    It’s been so long since I’ve heard your voice, or read your words to me in letters you wrote me some time ago. This gives me unbelievable sadness, because I love you deeply.
    When you were born: Wow. Mom went through a very long labor with you. But the minute you were born, you appeared to be very awake.
    When I looked in your eyes then, I saw myself.
    Mom was exhausted after delivering you, so I spent the next few weeks taking care of you and mom in a number of different ways.
    Once home I’d go out on the back deck of our house in Ashland with you, and I’d feed you some formula as I’d talk to you, telling you in a few ways how much I loved you.
    When you were near the age of 3, that is when we bought our beautiful house in Wentzville, MO. Then I was able to get you everything you wanted and needed. You and mom both. So that is what I did, because of my deep love for both of you.
    When you were a young child, I’d take you swimming at the YMCA a few nights a week. You were very happy playing in the water. You then were a very happy and joyful child. To me you were the perfect child.
    Later, I’d take you to Donut Time every morning before school. There we’d have a donut as we would talk and I would listen to your unique thoughts. After that, we would go outside and watch a train go by, which we both enjoyed. Again you were very interesting, and to me you were the perfect child.
    Also, every Sunday, I’d take you to the flea market near where we lived. I started buying you bells at that flea market. At one time, you had hundreds of bells. You loved the walk with me at that flea market. And I enjoyed every minute I spent with you.
    Also, I’d bring you lunch at your school quite often. We would talk as we ate together then. Then I’d let you know I’d see you soon after our lunch together.
    And, I’d take you bicycling quite often, usually on weekends. We would bicycle with some of my friends, and just really enjoyed the day together. We both would enjoy these beautiful days together, on the Katy trail.
    Now, it seems like you do not remember these great times you spent with me. And I wish you could somehow remember these times with me. Because if you did, this would be a great start for us to start speaking to each other again.
    I can’t fully describe this, but I really need to hear from you somehow. You know how to email me. You can contact me on facebook. But please, I’m begging you. Somehow please try and contact me so we can talk. We need to talk about a few different things, to ease the trauma you and I have both experienced. You and I have both been through hell. And it is my belief you and I can heal each other, if we just speak to each other in some way.
    Thank you if you are reading this. And you are in my thoughts constantly. Remember I continue to deeply love and miss you, and I have for almost 9 years now. Please contact me and we will speak then.
    Love,
    Dad

  • Dan Abshear

    Hello Hayley,
    It’s been so long since I’ve heard your voice, or read your words to me in letters you wrote me some time ago. This gives me unbelievable sadness, because I love you deeply.
    When you were born: Wow. Mom went through a very long labor with you. But the minute you were born, you appeared to be very awake.
    When I looked in your eyes then, I saw myself.
    Mom was exhausted after delivering you, so I spent the next few weeks taking care of you and mom in a number of different ways.
    Once home I’d go out on the back deck of our house in Ashland with you, and I’d feed you some formula as I’d talk to you, telling you in a few ways how much I loved you.
    When you were near the age of 3, that is when we bought our beautiful house in Wentzville, MO. Then I was able to get you everything you wanted and needed. You and mom both. So that is what I did, because of my deep love for both of you.
    When you were a young child, I’d take you swimming at the YMCA a few nights a week. You were very happy playing in the water. You then were a very happy and joyful child. To me you were the perfect child.
    Later, I’d take you to Donut Time every morning before school. There we’d have a donut as we would talk and I would listen to your unique thoughts. After that, we would go outside and watch a train go by, which we both enjoyed. Again you were very interesting, and to me you were the perfect child.
    Also, every Sunday, I’d take you to the flea market near where we lived. I started buying you bells at that flea market. At one time, you had hundreds of bells. You loved the walk with me at that flea market. And I enjoyed every minute I spent with you.
    Also, I’d bring you lunch at your school quite often. We would talk as we ate together then. Then I’d let you know I’d see you soon after our lunch together.
    And, I’d take you bicycling quite often, usually on weekends. We would bicycle with some of my friends, and just really enjoyed the day together. We both would enjoy these beautiful days together, on the Katy trail.
    Now, it seems like you do not remember these great times you spent with me. And I wish you could somehow remember these times with me. Because if you did, this would be a great start for us to start speaking to each other again.
    I can’t fully describe this, but I really need to hear from you somehow. You know how to email me. You can contact me on facebook. But please, I’m begging you. Somehow please try and contact me so we can talk. We need to talk about a few different things, to ease the trauma you and I have both experienced. You and I have both been through hell. And it is my belief you and I can heal each other, if we just speak to each other in some way.
    Thank you if you are reading this. And you are in my thoughts constantly. Remember I continue to deeply love and miss you, and I have for almost 9 years now. Please contact me and we will speak then.
    Love,
    Dad

  • Dan Abshear

    Hello Hayley,
    It’s been so long since I’ve heard your voice, or read your words to me in letters you wrote me some time ago. This gives me unbelievable sadness, because I love you deeply.
    When you were born: Wow. Mom went through a very long labor with you. But the minute you were born, you appeared to be very awake.
    When I looked in your eyes then, I saw myself.
    Mom was exhausted after delivering you, so I spent the next few weeks taking care of you and mom in a number of different ways.
    Once home I’d go out on the back deck of our house in Ashland with you, and I’d feed you some formula as I’d talk to you, telling you in a few ways how much I loved you.
    When you were near the age of 3, that is when we bought our beautiful house in Wentzville, MO. Then I was able to get you everything you wanted and needed. You and mom both. So that is what I did, because of my deep love for both of you.
    When you were a young child, I’d take you swimming at the YMCA a few nights a week. You were very happy playing in the water. You then were a very happy and joyful child. To me you were the perfect child.
    Later, I’d take you to Donut Time every morning before school. There we’d have a donut as we would talk and I would listen to your unique thoughts. After that, we would go outside and watch a train go by, which we both enjoyed. Again you were very interesting, and to me you were the perfect child.
    Also, every Sunday, I’d take you to the flea market near where we lived. I started buying you bells at that flea market. At one time, you had hundreds of bells. You loved the walk with me at that flea market. And I enjoyed every minute I spent with you.
    Also, I’d bring you lunch at your school quite often. We would talk as we ate together then. Then I’d let you know I’d see you soon after our lunch together.
    And, I’d take you bicycling quite often, usually on weekends. We would bicycle with some of my friends, and just really enjoyed the day together. We both would enjoy these beautiful days together, on the Katy trail.
    Now, it seems like you do not remember these great times you spent with me. And I wish you could somehow remember these times with me. Because if you did, this would be a great start for us to start speaking to each other again.
    I can’t fully describe this, but I really need to hear from you somehow. You know how to email me. You can contact me on facebook. But please, I’m begging you. Somehow please try and contact me so we can talk. We need to talk about a few different things, to ease the trauma you and I have both experienced. You and I have both been through hell. And it is my belief you and I can heal each other, if we just speak to each other in some way.
    Thank you if you are reading this. And you are in my thoughts constantly. Remember I continue to deeply love and miss you, and I have for almost 9 years now. Please contact me and we will speak then.
    Love,
    Dad