Somebody Lit Maryland's Testudo Statue on Fire

By DJ Byrnes on December 18, 2013 at 10:32a
Burn Turtle Burn

From CBS DC:

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — It is a tradition for University of Maryland, College Park students to leave offerings for the Testudo statue in front of McKeldin Library for luck during finals.

But, to the chagrin of students who idolize the iconic figure, the statue caught on fire at some point Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

University officials say they believe the incident was accidental.

Is this considered "accidental" in the same way Lane Kiffin's employment at USC is now considered "accidental"? How is it possible to accidently catch A STATUE on fire?

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droessl's picture

Hate it when statues happen to catch fire. Stupid gas-soaked concrete! 


Sounds like these "offerings" included "highly flammable liquid" and "open flame" this year.

"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Unky Buck's picture

Where's this squirrel when you need him?

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

45OH4IO's picture

Idol worship. We are living in the end times. What do Bammers offer up at the feet of Saban? Skoal cans and squirrel pelts?

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

you mean in addition to their souls?

Yeti's have feelings too.

Hovenaut's picture

Fear the Turtle.
Fear the Turtle catching aflame.

d5k's picture

Sear the Turtle.

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I want some turtle soup....and make it SNAPPY!!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Well done, Shakenbake!

painterlad's picture

Damn. Global warming is for real.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

SaddleRiverBuckeye's picture

When we were visiting colleges for my son to attend, i was tremendously impressed by U of Maryland and its traditions.  Testudo is prominently a part of the UM campus along with a cool statue of UM alum Jim Henson and Kermit.
That having been said cannot wait to beat them silly in October of 2014....

Civilized life ends in Toledo

Oyster's picture

"Testudo is was prominently a part of the UM campus..."
Fixed that for you. 

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Oyster's picture

It is completely possible that this was an accident, and I'll give you an example.  I once accidentally tripped into bed with one of my sisters best friends.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

bigbadbuck's picture

Metallic spontaneous combustion

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Zimmy07's picture

Is very bad to drink Testudo's rum.  Is very bad.

sharks's picture

In a storage bin somewhere, Illibuck cowers in fear

A man got to have a code...

cronimi's picture

In a storage bin somewhere on the Ohio State campus, where it lives permanently, Illibuck cowers in fear

FTFY, Sharks.  ;)

toad1204's picture

Michael Scott is not taking this well...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Was Homer around?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

otrain2416's picture

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

BucksfanXC's picture

You guys can gif up a thread about anything. Several turtle specific gifs, I don't know why I'm surprised

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

hansman's picture

This is an interesting transition since I just read the article about Clemson hanging the Woody sign on our Brutus statue in response. Unless a bolt of lightning lit that thing up, I think the people that said they were glad we could have some harmless trolling going back and forth without any property damage were even more right than they knew.

ScarletGray43157's picture

I know it is winter and all, but could a lightning strike have done this?  Inquiring minds want to know.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

d5k's picture

I'm pretty sure Jim Delany hired someone to do this and he planted evidence that incriminates someone from the ACC.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Never mess with the Almighty and idolatry! I think He had something to say about Big Butter Jesus at that church on I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati!
Or else He's an art critic!

Doc's picture

The only turtles this thread is missing are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I'm surprised someone hasn't gif'ed those guys yet.

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