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DAY TEN: Illinois

Posted on Friday, July 30th, 2010

Dave!Last night I went to bed at midnight.

This morning I woke up at 4:30am so I could drive four hours to Southern Illinois for an appointment.

This has made for quite a long day. But the good news is that I saw something interesting. While driving through the town of Teutopolis, I noticed that the high school's team mascot is... "The Wooden Shoes." No, seriously, it totally is. This has to be the best school mascot I've seen since Astoria Oregon's "The Fighting Fisherman." Though I have to say if it were the "Fighting Wooden Shoes," it would be an order of magnitude higher in awesomeness.

Since I know nobody would believe me without proof, I took a picture...

Teutopolis Wooden Shoes

My theory is that the town was founded by a bunch of crazy drunken Dutch persons.

Or perhaps one drunken DutchBitch...

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  1. Goodness, that must put the fear through any team that visits the school.

  2. Colleen says:

    I thought having a high school mascot of the “Kings” was bad, but that is much worse. (“Kings” was short for “King Salmon”.)

  3. DutchBitch says:

    *ssshhhhzzzzzzzzz* dontzzz yuuu pointtzz zzeeee finguurrr atzzz meeeee!

  4. Alison says:

    They should totally use the Dutch word, klompen, for the team, and then they could be the Whompen Klompen!

  5. jenny says:

    Laugh all you want, but it’s one heckuva game when they play their arch-rivals, the St. Francis Sweater Vests.

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Sounds scary to me!!

  7. RW says:

    When in Southern Illinois, ever been to Metropolis for the Superman shindig? Mighty good corn dogs.

  8. Julie says:

    Whompen Klompen is the BEST evah…..
    Wooden Shoes are at least REAL… My brother was an “ook” – what the hellfire is an ook?

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