Vandals Steal ‘YOLO’ Letters From Loyola University, Because Mardi Gras

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Some pranksters took the motto “You Only Live Once” pretty literally on Fat Tuesday.

On Mardi Gras morning officials at Loyola University in New Orleans found that the first four letters that spell out the school’s name on its front lawn, L-O-Y-O, were missing, local TV station WDSU reported.

Officials told the news station they were a “victim of Mardi Gras” and offered few other details.

But apparently it’s not a unique prank. Loyola University officials keep extra concrete letters around in case of such an act of vandalism occurs — which is pretty frequently — and expect to quickly replace the missing letters, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


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