From @PSUToaster to @AwkwardState: The Strangest Penn State-Themed Social Media Accounts
If you can’t stay in Happy Valley the rest of your life, there’s few better ways to experience a slice of student life than diving into Penn State social media. Penn State Twitter, especially, is a league of its own.
Penn Staters can create a online movement out of almost anything. Anyone who wore all-white to Heinz Field last season or saw the Penn State Clown accounts begin to pile up can attest to that. Some really great and really weird things have happened on Penn State social media and we’re just along for the ride.
These are some of the strangest (but not necessarily irrelevant) Penn State Twitter and Instagram accounts we could find. Whether they’re based on trending topics or characters or they were created solely to troll, they’re being recognized for their bizarre commitment to the Penn State community.
The Twitter account for the Old Main Bell is a classic. Not a lot of niche Penn State accounts stood the test of time (We miss you, @PSUpoops.), but the bell’s been tweeting since 2010 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. If, at this point, you’ve found yourself thinking of all the strange things the Old Main Bell could possibly be tweeting about, you’re thinking too broadly. A few times a day, the bell will send out a variation of this tweet:
ding! ding! DING… ding? ding #PennState
— OldMainBell (@OldMainBell) March 27, 2017
Sometimes, the tweets are much more concise:
— OldMainBell (@OldMainBell) March 26, 2017
Other times, they’re much, much longer:
DING ding Ding… Ding* ding… ding & ding & ding? ding ding Ding? #PennState
— OldMainBell (@OldMainBell) March 26, 2017
We’re not entirely sure why or how this account has managed to stay alive for seven years, but we’re here for it. Never stop dinging, @OldMainBell.
More famously known as Joe Patoasterno, the Penn State Twitter toaster that claims to “just make toast with the PSU logo” does so much more than that. @PSUToaster blessed us with this gem…
Joe Pa would not have dabbed. Too much class.
— Joe Patoasterno (@PSUtoaster) November 28, 2015
…and still provides scholarly and timely analyses of relevant issues in the community:
Beaver stadium as we know it, will be toast.
— Joe Patoasterno (@PSUtoaster) March 13, 2017
Classes are TOAST
— Joe Patoasterno (@PSUtoaster) March 14, 2017
WISCONSIN IS TOAST
— Joe Patoasterno (@PSUtoaster) March 19, 2017
Thank you, Joe Patoasterno, for being the voice of reason we so desperately need.
Comparatively, the Twitter account for the notorious Penn State Hawk is brand new: It was just created in November 2016. One can assume it was created when a local hawk decided to chow down on some squirrel or rabbit too close to someone with good Internet connection. The hawk isn’t very active on social media, probably thanks to its self-described job as the “controller of the squirrel population at the Pennsylvania State University.” When it does have time to gets its talons on a keyboard though, it certainly shows potential:
Oh you know who it is pic.twitter.com/oq8Z67qw7T
— PSU Hawk (@pennstatehawk) December 8, 2016
Unlike the Penn State Hawk, the Penn State Duck stays woke. Our feathered friend’s been around since 2012, and honestly, its account has less to do with being a duck and more with sending “conquackulations” to Penn State sports teams on their successes. The duck is big into hockey, so we’re almost positive he plays in the winter when the Hintz duck pond is frozen over.
— PennState Duck (@PSU_Duck) March 18, 2017
— PennState Duck (@PSU_Duck) March 27, 2017
The Penn State Duck is, understandably, a Pittsburgh Penguins fan…
— PennState Duck (@PSU_Duck) February 25, 2017
…and apparently knows his way around a good cup of Joe, too:
— PennState Duck (@PSU_Duck) March 14, 2017
This Penn State graphics Instagram account isn’t necessarily strange on its own, but it has produced some strange images. A pattern among the graphics is combining Penn State athletes with villains or mythical creatures. For example, this vampiric Lamar Stevens…
…or this Joker-esque Saeed Blacknall…
…or this shot of Miles Sanders going full Godzilla on his hometown of Pittsburgh…
…or Jason Cabinda as Bane:
Ah, Awkward State. We’ve been following along with the chronicles of Penn State’s most awkward student since July 2012. She’s been to plenty of major Penn State events this school year, like the rallies downtown after the Ohio State upset and the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis:
More ppl on poles in Beaver-Canyon than the End Zone on a Friday nite.
— Awkward State (@AwkwardState) October 23, 2016
— Awkward State (@AwkwardState) December 2, 2016
This girl is also a huge supporter of THON and nearly brought us to tears with this mind-blowing revelation in 2015:
guy: r u in thon?
girl: we r all in thon… City of Thon
rt if u cryed
— Awkward State (@AwkwardState) February 19, 2015
Awkward State can keep the laughs coming, but we sure hope she can survive long enough to graduate.
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With no canning weekends held this year and canvassing eventually suspended as well, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.
Totals aside, congratulations to every organization that volunteered with THON throughout this year to raise more than $10 million for the kids.
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