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Yale part 2

3 May 2006 2 Comments

Hey guys, got some more pics to share with you today, it’s a history of Yale. So here goes:

Yale students adopt the first college mascot, Handsome Dan, a ferocious and enthusiastic fan at early football games. Handsome Dan inspired Cole Porter to write Yale’s famous fight song, “Bulldog, Bulldog.” (see, it is real!) Dan continues to reign from the lobby of Payne Whitney Gymnasium, while Handsome Dan XV leads the cheers on the field. Yale students also adopted the first school colors (1853), fielded the first cheerleaders (1890), and developed the first school fight song (1892)

A group of “gentleman songsters” begin gathering weekly at Mory’s and adopt the name Whiffenpoofs. Today, the Yale campus still rings with the sounds of the Whiffenpoofs as well as 16 other organsied a capella singing groups.

When Yale Bowl was completed, it was the largest amphitheater built since the Roman Colosseum. Capacity of the Bowl was later expanded to hold 80,000 fans before being reduced to its present day capacity of 64,000. The Yale football program continues its long and storied tradition, becoming the first college team to reach the 800-victory milestone in 2000. The Bowl was the main venue for the 1995 Special Olympics World Games and is a National Historic Landmark.

Yale students invented the Frisbee, tossing pie plates from the Frisbee Pie Company to each other and calling “Frisbee!” to warn passersby. The spelling was changed when Wham-O began mass producing the saucers.

Well I hope this has been an enlightening experience, I for one found this stuff really interesting, so I hope you did too. Tomorrow I will post a couple more pics from Yale with interesting stories behind them.

2 Comments »

  • Fav Aunty said:

    Still reading Beth ….. thanks for the history lesson …… unfortunately I hate history!! Soz I guess I’m just an old bore (well thats what Paul says, he loves anything to do with history so does James for that matter …. must be just me then!!) Shaz xx

  • james said:

    Just caught up with the last 2 days. Very historical. That frisby plate is in BTF 3 isn’t it? See you later.

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