Sebastian is my eleven-year-old and he says some of the funniest things–we have no idea where he gets his material since his mother and I are rather boring, serious people.
One of the many mindless trivia games we play is the mascot game: I name a college (or pro team for that matter) and the boys are to state the team’s mascot. [E.g., if I were to say “Ohio State” I would hope they would respond with “Buckeyes.”]
Me: “The University of Pennsylvania.”
After considerable deliberation, which was surprising since both of the boys were born in Philadelphia, I got my doctorate from Penn, and my wife worked there for nearly 20 years….
Nathan: “The Sheep.”
Me (incredulous): “Yeah. It’s the sheep.”
Sebastian: “The cheetahs.”
Sebastian: “Oh right, that’s Penn State.”
(For those of you that don’t know, it’s the Penn Quakers and the Penn State Nittany Lions.)