Those of a certain age may fondly remember the North American house hippo.
This imaginary household hippopotamus made its debut on Canadian television in 1999. Unlike its flesh and blood cousins in Africa, it nested in dryer lint and subsisted bread crumbs, and was created with the sole intention of teaching children not to believe everything they see and hear on television.
For some, the fact the house hippo was fake turned out to be a crushing blow. However, it now lives on in a fabulous line of t-shirts.
Local artists Kevin Bracken and Marie Poliak are the two responsible for the t-shirts, which they decided to create after posting about the house hippo on their Tumblr blog, What’s Different in Canada. Speaking of Bracken, he’s also throwing a post-election party this Monday outside of City Hall.
Check out the t-shirts here.
Igor Bonifacic is the managing editor of Toronto Standard. Follow him on Twitter.