November 29, 2011
Less than two weeks after Victoria's Secret became the object of ridicule over its Michigan State motto misprint, Old Navy is joining the party with a series of women's collegiate T's that have the wrong founding years for three institutions.
T-shirts representing Iowa, Colorado and Arizona show that the founding years for each of those universities is 1820, 1878 and 1881 respectively. However, the real founding years for those schools are 1847, 1876 and 1885. Not sure what think tank came up with the random years, but this is just bad. A quick Internet search could have rectified this and saved Old Navy from this T-shirt blunder. The Iowa shirt is off 27 years. It's like someone didn't even try. At least the others are in the right decade.
Amazingly, Old Navy managed to get the founding years correct on the other 26 available universities.
Although these shirts aren't nearly as cool as getting your hands on a Michigan State shirt with the Michigan fight song/motto on it, there's always something unique about a misprint. Besides, how many people actually know the date their alma mater was founded?
** I want to apologize to Kansas folks for getting their founding date wrong. As you can see, it's been fixed. #cruelirony
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