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Old 04-18-2013, 08:37 AM
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Are Colgate University and Colgate Toothpaste Connected?

Yes, I googled it, and didn't get a conclusive answer.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:05 AM
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Yes, they are. Colgate (of the toothpaste) donated to the school, hence the name. I have this from a Colgate alumnus, who wore a T-shirt with Mayan glyphs (from a Colgate expedition to Central America) that included a toothpaste tube.



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By 1908 they initiated mass selling of toothpaste in tubes. His other son, James Boorman Colgate, was a primary trustee of Colgate University (formerly Madison University).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colgate-Palmolive

Extra bonus: The Administration building at Colgate, he told me, was the inspiration for the Addams family house. It's an old house with the characteristic mansard roof. Apparently Addams went there. (Apparently there are other possible inspirations for that mansion, but Addams DID attend Colgate, so it's hard to think it didn't influence him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Addams )

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:05 AM
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Yes, I googled it, and didn't get a conclusive answer.
For future reference, I googled "Colgate University", went to the wikipedia page, read the first paragraph that said " It is named for the Colgate family who greatly contributed to the university's endowment", clicked on "Colgate" to go to William Colgate's page, where it shows that he created the Colgate soap company.

If I'd gone with the first google result, Colgate University's website, and clicked on "About Colgate" at the top of the page, and gone to the "Past Present and Future" link, where it states:

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In 1823, Baptists in New York City - soapmaker William Colgate among them [emphasis mine] - consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution. The Colgate family connection was thus established.

The oldest building on our current campus, West Hall, was built four years later in 1827. Students and faculty, working together, built the new structure from stone pulled from a quarry on campus.

We changed our name in 1846 to Madison University and became Colgate in 1890, recognizing nearly 70 years of continuous involvement by the Colgate family.

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Old 04-18-2013, 10:52 AM
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some of the buildings on campus are:

Total Advanced Whitening Student Union
Optic White Science Hall
Max Fresh Arts Building
Sensitive Residence Hall
the biomass Triple Action Heating Plant
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:55 AM
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Before you kiss her use COLGATE!

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:28 PM
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:10 PM
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Here's one I've never been able to substantiate (but I'd love it if it were true): Collegiate football booster squads have been known in the past (and possibly still are) to reserve a block of seats in the stadium, and fill them with members holding huge pieces of cardboard (usually dark on one side and light on the other). In a bit of elaborately staged choreography, the people would hold up their cards over their heads, showing light or dark shade, depending on where the member was sitting, so that people on the other side of the stadium would see a spirited message, such as the name of the booster squad's team, or school.

So, in the story I heard, Colgate University had a game scheduled against a rival university, where, whatever opinion you wanted to hold about their football team, had a truly excellent math department. So, some genius prankster broke into the offices of the Colgate Booster squad, found the document with the seating assignments, and switched in one of his own design.

Come Game Day, it was time for the Colgate Boosters to display the word "COLGATE" to their rivals across the gridiron. Thanks to the genius saboteur, however, what they displayed was "PEPSODENT".
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:23 AM
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Come Game Day, it was time for the Colgate Boosters to display the word "COLGATE" to their rivals across the gridiron. Thanks to the genius saboteur, however, what they displayed was "PEPSODENT".
Doubt it.

Googling "COLGATE UNIVERSITY PEPSODENT FOOTBALL" gives no relevant hits with this thread being the number one hit (perhaps this has something to do with my own browsing history).

This is probably a local urban legend somehow corrupted from the legendary Cal Tech prank at the Rose Bowl.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Rose_Bowl_Hoax
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:16 PM
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Extra bonus: The Administration building at Colgate, he told me, was the inspiration for the Addams family house. It's an old house with the characteristic mansard roof. Apparently Addams went there. (Apparently there are other possible inspirations for that mansion, but Addams DID attend Colgate, so it's hard to think it didn't influence him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Addams )
Wow! I had no idea there was that much history behind the Addams Family. I thought it was just a 1960s TV show...
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