Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Akron, with its 199,110 people, is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is also known as the Rubber Capital of the World, or just “Rubber City”.
In the early 1920’s, tire makers Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire had their headquarters in Akron, thus giving the city its anointed nickname. Firestone and General Tire are now based elsewhere.
Awesome Sports Logos emphasizes Akron’s rubber-ness with this cool T-shirt, but, as usual, there’s an underlying innuendo that makes it more fun (if you get it). The name and logo of the Akron Rubbers make perfect sense. But there’s more.
That’s not the funny part. Keep reading. I’ll be making the random connection soon.
Wrapping it up
Out of the 54 states and territories in the U.S., Ohio ranks No. 42 for birth rates – 12.1 births for every 1,000 people. (Utah is the state with the most births per 1,000 people. Shocking, right?)
An educated hypothesis is that Ohioans, compared to those in other states, don’t get much action, aren’t able to conceive as much or use a form of contraceptive more often.
Perhaps those Ohio residents not trying reproduce are wearing…(drum roll please)…RUBBERS!
The four Ohio cities with a larger population than Akron are Columbus (787,033 people), Cleveland (396,815 people), Cincinnati (296,943 people) and Toledo (287,208 people).
Akron residents represent a little more than 10 percent of the nearly two million people who occupy Ohio’s five largest cities, but their rubberness impacts the entire state.
Stay with me now.
Goodyear, which is still based in the city, opened in 1898 and manufactured all sorts of rubbers – bicycle and carriage tires, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips. The company grew with the advent of the automobile.
In July, 2008, 110 years since headquartering in Akron, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was recognized as one of America’s most respected companies by the Reputation Institute (RI) and Forbes magazine. That’s quite a success and celebration for the king of rubbers.
Now for the connection, which you should get by now: Akron’s reputation for rubbers has obviously influenced the rest of the state’s high use of wearing rubbers – the condom kind.
And the Akron Rubbers deserve most of the credit because of the their amazing logo, brought to you by Awesome Sports Logos! (Goodyear, you get some credit, too.)
Be like the Akron Rubbers. Let’s encourage all of our friends and family to practice safe sex and wrap it up.
Is this a stretch? Probably.
Is it funny to us? Absolutely.
But let’s get the message out there! Check out AwesomeSportsLogos.com to find out how you can sport the Akron Rubbers logo and help spread the word! Check out our other looks as well!