Various other examples (all false) exist in the annals of urban legend:
- Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, used to be called the Sam Houston Institute of Technology.
- Friends University, whose main campus is in Wichita, Kansas, used to be called Friends University of Central Kansas.
- The University of Victoria in British Columbia was originally going to be called University of Juan de Fuca after the Strait of Juan de Fuca…but decided that Juan de Fuca U sent a bad message.
- When Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) became a university in 1992, it almost became the Central University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
|I had fun making up a seal for the urban-legendary Friends University of Central Kentucky|
—including some Latin verbs that suggest less noble English terms—
though I never found a way to use it in conjunction with The Billionth Monkey.
Occasionally, these urban legends become true in places other than novels and cartoons. Take the case of Wakefield High School, whose T-shirts and hoodies for its track and field team garnered national attention in 2010. Evidently “Wakefield Track and Field” is an acronym among Kids These Days for something that, according to school superintendant Joan Landers, is not how she wanted the student body to be represented.
|The controversial hoodie for Wakefield Track and Field. Image source: here.|
For Further Reading
Anonymous, “The Knight Before,” October 12, 2013, Snopes.com.