Has this fellow decided to masochistically shame himself by creating this pitchfork doppelganger? Or did the local bad boys construct it and leave it on his lawn, and he is now gazing at it ruefully, realizing the veracity of their taunt? Or thinking, "There, but for the grace of Vitalis, go I."
Continuing our ongoing theme of strange corporate mascots:
From 1960-1962, B. Prosperous was the mascot of the Eastern Trust Company. He demonstrates a popular trend among mid-twentieth-century mascot creators, which was to slap a human head and limbs onto some inanimate object and call it a mascot.
Bimbo Jr. wasn't the only water-skiing elephant around, but in the early 1960s she gained some fame as the youngest water-skiing elephant. She was 5 at the time.
However, her career as a water-skiier eventually came to an unusual end. In 1969, a car collided with the trailer that was transporting her. She survived, but her owner, Ted De Wayne, claimed that the experience caused her to forget how to water-ski, so he sued the driver for $10,000. He was awarded $4,500.
It's been reported in various places that the case was heard by Judge Turtle. But this isn't true. The judge's actual name was Julius Title.
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