Toledo Deletes Tweet Saying It Would Change Mascot to Shrek with 500K Retweets

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 30:  A woman poses for a photograph as she hugs a waxwork figure of animated movie character Shrek on display at Turkey's first Madame Tussauds Wax Museum on November 30, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.  Madame Tussauds, Istanbul opened to the public on November 28, 2016 and showcases 55 waxwork models including a number of Turkey's famous cultural figures, celebrities and sports stars.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The University of Toledo had a late change of heart about changing its mascot from a rocket to Shrek.

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell tweeted an image of the deleted post by the school:

Even though Toledo may not live up to its word, the Stanford Tree issued its own challenge involving Shrek:

As for why Toledo decided to pull the tweet as it was picking up steam, the school offered a short explanation.

"The tweet was meant to be fun, but it caused too much of a distraction," spokesperson Christine Billau said in an email to Rovell.

Rocky the Rocket has been the University of Toledo's mascot since the 1966-67 academic year, and it doesn't appear to be in danger of being replaced.

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