Girl fifteen whale

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Girl fifteen whale is a phrase originating from an IQBT t-shirt created by Fred Morlan. The shirt itself depicts the words "girl" and "fifteen" with an image of a whale underneath it. Morlan clarified that the intended meaning of the shirt was "girl power," with "fifteen" referencing powers in quizbowl, while the whale was included because "[he] just liked the whale."[1]

The phrase "girl fifteen whale" has since taken on a slight in-joke status in the community for its nonsensical meaning and humorously lackluster attempt at supporting the accomplishments of women in quizbowl.

The 2019 Chicago Open team consisting of JinAh Kim, Selene Koo, Olivia Lamberti, and Lauren Onel used the name "Girl15 Whale" in direct reference to the meme.[2]

The 2022 Chicago Open team consisting of Weijia Cheng, Caroline Mao, Brad Maclaine, and Athena Kern further developed the joke by playing under the name "Enby 15 Whale."[3]


  1. IQBTee Shirts by AKKOLADE » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:08 pm