Photo credit: @slu_billikens

Saint Louis University’s mascot is the Billikens. No, a billiken is not a type of lake, an airplane, or an offbrand big cat. It’s a “mythical good-luck figure who represents ‘things as they ought to be’” according to the school’s website. Things apparently ought to be horrifying, because the updated mascot that SLU rolled out this evening is a winking nightmare imp.

A closer look:

Photo credit: @slu_billikens

Enhance:

Photo credit: @slu_billikens

Enhance:

Photo credit: @slu_billikens

Responses to the university’s Twitter rollout of the Billiken have been universally negative. I hope the winking demon has mercy upon those who speak against it.

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h/t Matt