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The Gritty butter sculpture is here and it's slightly terrifying

The Gritty butter sculpture is here and it's slightly terrifying

If you were worried about 2020 getting off to a bad start, you can stop worrying and start clogging your arteries because we're only two days into the decade and we've already been gifted a sculpture of Gritty made out of butter.

The buttery Gritty is joined by a few fatty friends, the Philadelphia Eagles' mascot Swoop and the Pittsburgh Steelers' mascot Steely McBeam.

The trio are part of the 30th Annual Butter Sculpture exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg where they went for an "East Meets West" theme this year — we're talking Pennsylvania here.

“The sculpture was constructed over a 14-day period by artists Jim Victor and Marie Pelton of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, using more than 1,000 pounds of butter donated by Land O’ Lakes in Carlisle, Cumberland County," according to a release.

One thousand pounds of butter? As one famous pudding connoisseur once said, "that's a whole lotta butter."

If you're anything at all like me, your mind instantly went from the Gritty butter sculpture to the thought of his best friend Claude Giroux and a whole lotta greasy grilled cheese sandwiches. Sadly, the butter will not be slathered on bread and turned into delectable snacks.

"Following the Farm Show, the butter will be moved to the Reinford Farm in Juniata County to be converted into renewable energy in the farm’s methane digester."

Basically the same end result, I guess.

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Flyers mascot Gritty surprises patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Flyers mascot Gritty surprises patients at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Gritty and the Flyers' ice team brought smiles to the faces of patients on the oncology floor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

It was an awesome surprise Wednesday as the Flyers provided Love Your Melon hats and tickets to the team's Hockey Fights Cancer game on Nov. 25 against the Canucks.

Gritty and company took pictures, handed out gifts and, most importantly, gave the kids a fun day (which you can watch in the video above, with footage courtesy of the Flyers).

The Flyers truly do wonderful work in the community and so does the NHL with its Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.

(AP Images/Matt Slocum)

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Wells Fargo Center's latest renovation has a 'Gritty' feel to it thanks to Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center

Wells Fargo Center's latest renovation has a 'Gritty' feel to it thanks to Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center

Get ready to see more than one Gritty at the Wells Fargo Center.

Like a lot of Gritties.

For Wednesday’s home opener against the Devils, the Flyers are set to unveil the Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center, where fans will have a “variety of wacky makeover options with costumes and makeup, encompassing everything from orange hair dye and face paint, to hair extensions and wigs, and even simply getting blasted with orange ‘Grit Powder,’” according to a release by the team Monday.

The Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center, which is located on the main concourse outside of Section 118, will be open 90 minutes before puck drop and through the start of the third period every game.

“For the coming season, we’ve rolled out new, first-of-their-kind experiences for millennials, gamers, foodies, and hard core fans at the Wells Fargo Center,” Valerie Camillo, Flyers and Wells Fargo Center president of business operations, said in the release. “The Gritty C.O.M.M.A.N.D. Center is our latest concept — with a clear focus on enhancing the gameday experience for families and kids.”

Gritty, quite the cultured mascot, even provided a comment on his new digs, via the release:

I recently completed a rigorous quarter hour online course in Feng shui, so Flyers fans are basically getting some Architectural Digest cover-worthy aesthetic. It’s my space, my office really, so I committed myself to a true post-modern, farm house grunge minimal feel. Bobby Flay would be so proud.

This is very selfless of Gritty.

The home opener should be fun. The Flyers are 1-0-0, there’s a giveaway item, Wayne Simmonds will be back in town and things are about to get Grittier.

For the full Gritty menu options and how to reserve an appointment, click here.

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