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1940 Minnesota Golden Gophers Water Bottle

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(600ml)

In 1940, George Grooms was hired to draw an official mascot, and Goldy Gopher was born. Grooms, an Iowa resident, was hired to draw the school’s mascot, but he didn’t even know what a gopher looked like. His inspiration for the drawing came when he and his wife were stopped at a Minnesota rest stop and a small creature ran past his wife. They fed the animal and Grooms sketched it. The sketch was that of a rodent, with buck teeth, big ears, a bushy tail and stripes. However, what Grooms did not realize is that he did not model the mascot after the native pocket gopher, but instead a chipmunk. This explains the stripes, as gophers do not have stripes, but ground squirrels and chipmunks do! This means that Minnesota has been living a lie since 1940.
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Show your team pride with vintage art while staying hydrated at the gym or on the go. Artwork has been reproduced from the original and has been digitally restored, framed, and enhanced for vibrant color. The no-spill fold-out straw spout makes it easy to use and perfect for working out, cycling, and hiking, or with kids.
  • 20 oz. water bottle with stem/straw top
  • Stainless steel with comfortable, spill-proof straw cap
  • Hand wash only; not for use in microwave
  • 100% BPA free reusable water bottle
  • Height: 9 3/8”
  • Weight: 0.47 lbs.
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