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Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

Don’t fear the Green Reaper: The story of the Department of Energy’s dubious mascot

The Green Reaper, a Grim Reaper colored green and holding a flower, is the Department of Energy’s National Security Technologies Energy Program’s idea of how to communicate “sustainability goals, successes and best practices,” including “energy awareness and recycling programs,” to the community, and to small children specifically. Why anyone thought this was a good idea is much harder question to answer.

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The BARTmobile will haunt your nightmares

The BARTmobile will haunt your nightmares

Parker Higgins wanted to get development docs for the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s adorable mascot, the BARTmobile. What he got was abject terror.

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Steal This Bear: FBI file documents strange history between a prominent sixties radical and the National Park mascot

Steal This Bear: FBI file documents strange history between a prominent sixties radical and the National Park mascot

You never know what you’re going to find digging through old government records. Case in point: how Abbie Hoffman’s FBI file uncovered an arcane law regarding Smokey Bear.

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