No, you’re not looking at a Halloween costume. That’s “Scrotie,” and he’s the Rhode Island School of Design’s unofficial mascot.

Yes, you read correctly: RISD’s mascot is a giant penis.

Not much else to expect from a school whose basketball team is known as the “Balls,” and the hockey team as the “Nads.” Really, what could be more appropriate?

Or inappropriate. I stumbled upon this story after seeing a tweet from @HuffPostCollege that read, “The 7 most offensive college mascots in America.” Naturally, I had to click and see who was on there. You have the Florida State University Seminoles, the Stanford and Dartmouth Indians and — suddenly — The Nads. Awesome.

This isn’t the first time poor Scrotie’s been looked down upon and given the shaft. He’s already been called “controversial” by Top Colleges Online. No matter the criticism, though, he continues to rise to the occasion. (See what I did there? Sorry, I had to.)

Honestly, I have to pay respect to the men who can play all bad on the basketball court when their slogan is, “When the heat is on, the Balls stick together.”

In the words of Cyndi Lauper, “[RISD] just wants to have fun.” Go Nads!

Image via Flickr User Jared Zimmerman (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)