Why are gorillas so funny?

They shouldn’t be, but they are.

If you don’t think that gorillas are funny, exchange the word “gorilla” in the headline in the linked article to “tiger”. Is it as funny?

Also, consider how many sports mascots are tigers, grizzlies, eagles, lions, or other menacing animals and how many are the gorillas. For goodness sake, there is an NBA team called the Raptors, but not even a NCAA I-A football team named the Gorillas!

The only mascot named the Gorillas that I know of is Pittsburgh State in Kansas, which is in the MIAA, an athletic association I was unfamiliar with before now.

I’m not sure this makes much sense to me. Does it have to do with its similar ancestry to humans? We have no problem using humans as mascots, and no problem using very very distantly related animals. So what’s our hangup with apes?


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2 Responses to “Why are gorillas so funny?”

  1. What’s so silly about Memphis Grizzlies? « Ivan Goddard Says:

    […] Eagles, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Memphis Tigers, Houston Cougars, Tulsa Golden Hurricanes, the Pittsburgh State Gorillas, […]

  2. Favourite videos of 2009 « Ivan Goddard Says:

    […] Moving from the sublime towards the ridiculous, here is a mashup of the 25 biggest hits of the year. I don’t regularly listen to top 40 radio so I only know these songs from my trips to Tesco or when “the Archers” come on Radio 4. What strikes me about this video is that either it is a testimony to the talent of the DJ who created the “song” or to the lack of creativity in radio-friendly music. How we must sleepwalk our way through music-listening to result in this list. The video, whatever the case, is a result much much greater than the sum of its parts. (BTW, I also loved the autotune the news videos. Perhaps I would choose some of those instead, if only for the angry gorilla. Because anything with a gorilla…) […]

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