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The story of Spuds MacKenzie, Bud Light's iconic ’80s mascot

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If you're too young to remember the late ’80s, you might have missed out on one of the most surprising American pop culture phenomenons ever: Spuds MacKenzie. Spuds was the super-cool, wealthy, woman-loving bull terrier that was the face of Bud Light during the period. Animal mascots are nothing new, but Anheuser-Busch's advertising agency was adamant that Spuds was not a dog — he was a man. He did television interviews and even had hotel rooms in his own name to keep up the image, though there's one kink to the whole "macho dog" picture: the mascot was played by a female dog. If you've always wondered about that Bud Light dog, Mental Floss has a good rundown on the history of this American icon.