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(SB Nation)   All Olympic mascots are weird and creepy. All of them. Here are some of the all-time most nonsensical mascots from the Olympics   (sbnation.com) divider line 151
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2012-08-08 02:27:04 PM  
Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.
 
2012-08-08 02:34:38 PM  
They forgot Pedobear
 
2012-08-08 02:39:56 PM  

Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear


nope
cdn.themis-media.com
 
2012-08-08 02:46:02 PM  
Everything about the Olympics mascots and logos just scream "art by committee."
 
2012-08-08 02:53:19 PM  
The Olympics have mascots?

Well, they did have Lisa blowing Bart for the 2012 logo, I guess.
 
2012-08-08 03:00:28 PM  
This one is awesome:

assets.sbnation.com
 
2012-08-08 03:15:41 PM  
I guess in comparison 2012 and 2010 aren't that bad.
 
2012-08-08 03:23:33 PM  
Oh and if it wasn't for China, Pedobear wouldn't keep trying to be a mascot.
 
2012-08-08 04:25:13 PM  
wow, uber fail.
 
2012-08-08 04:43:35 PM  
img0.etsystatic.com

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .
 
2012-08-08 04:44:28 PM  
 
2012-08-08 04:45:04 PM  
I'm pretty sure "Misha", 80 Summer Moscow, was developed after an all night session of watching taped female gymnastics.
 
2012-08-08 04:45:32 PM  

Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .


An anthropomorphic hybrid racoon-wasp? You're out of your damn mind. Creepy for sure.
 
2012-08-08 04:46:18 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


This. The Special Olympics got a phoenix, and we got some rainbow sperm thingy?

WTF?
 
2012-08-08 04:46:58 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


Seriously, I want that hanging up in my house. It's just so blatantly awesome.

/Ceci n'est pas un castor!
 
2012-08-08 04:47:29 PM  
shiatty article. Only Izzy and the Moscow bear were shiatty.

The Disney designed one was just lazy. I took a look at it and thought "looks like he should have been the American Caballero from that Disney movie with an American, Mexican and Brazilian bird instead of Donald".

The rest were pretty cool.
 
2012-08-08 04:47:55 PM  
And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."
 
2012-08-08 04:48:08 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:


I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.
 
2012-08-08 04:49:31 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


Is that a gay beaver?
 
2012-08-08 04:51:02 PM  

Elegy: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.


Your mind went there first, you know.

It was the 70s. There were random rainbows on everything.

Also, I hate you, Milkman Dan GIS:

www.deviantart.com
 
2012-08-08 04:51:46 PM  
Not so bad...
www.88olympic.or.kr

/except there are no longer any tigers
 
2012-08-08 04:52:08 PM  
Best mascot ever was Berlino from the 2009 Track and Field World Championships in Berlin. All the athletes loved him. Here is a clip, it's much too long, but has a few bright moments. Actually skip ahead to the photo montage starting at 5:40 and you'll get the gist: Best of Berlino
 
2012-08-08 04:52:12 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


Say wha...??? Izzy was the much-better version of the mascot? O_o
 
2012-08-08 04:52:31 PM  
These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.
 
2012-08-08 04:52:42 PM  
What, no love for Springy The Springfield Spring?
 
2012-08-08 04:53:03 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit. Also Izzy was the only mascot, all of those mascot pins are Izzy, right? I ask because there are lots of pins from Atlanta featuring a male or a female mascot so I'm wondering... was Izzy the first transgendered olympic mascot?

Anyone have guesses about Rio's mascots? I'm thinking a parrot and a flamingo, both wearing hot pants.
 
2012-08-08 04:54:15 PM  
I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

i47.tinypic.com

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.
 
2012-08-08 04:55:02 PM  

zedster: Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear

nope
[cdn.themis-media.com image 323x350]


i.telegraph.co.uk

Good lord- a Polish newspaper published that in an article, after lifting it from Google Images without getting the joke.
 
2012-08-08 04:55:02 PM  

indylaw: These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.


farking lol
 
2012-08-08 04:56:04 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


that's the best description i've ever heard.
 
2012-08-08 04:56:30 PM  
Bad article. The author seems to ad-lib off the first things he sees. Doesn't build a cogent case against the mascots. One wonders what mascots he approves of, and why I can't just point to a feature and say "That's a feature a serial killer would have."
 
2012-08-08 04:57:06 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:


That one actually is -- it's like something you'd buy at Ranch 88 market in the "unusual foods" section.
 
2012-08-08 04:57:25 PM  
FTFA: "Sam isn't really "terrifying" in a traditional sense, but boy did the United States go all-in on a mascot for their first go-round of hosting the Summer Games."

1904? 1932?
 
2012-08-08 04:57:36 PM  
A few of them don't seem too bad. Sam seems cute. And I like the current mascots for this one because they aren't staring into my soul like the 2008 ones despite having an eye for a freaking head.

But good LORD some of them are creepy. Izzy looks like a bad guy from Number Munchers. Athena and Phevos looks like flipper babies. Hidy and Howdy looks like they're on ecstasy.

Neve and Gliz looks like something from an Edmund McMillian game. I'd expect creepy dark humor from those two.
 
2012-08-08 04:59:44 PM  

BEER STEAK: Best mascot ever was Berlino from the 2009 Track and Field World Championships in Berlin. All the athletes loved him. Here is a clip, it's much too long, but has a few bright moments. Actually skip ahead to the photo montage starting at 5:40 and you'll get the gist: Best of Berlino


Yeah, so not so much about the design but a decent person inside the mascot costume apparently just having a damn good time and spreading that to the crowd and athletes?

Crazy!

/that was kinda cute
 
2012-08-08 05:00:27 PM  

EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.


Whatizit:

i.telegraph.co.uk

Izzy:

thejetpacker.com
 
2012-08-08 05:00:34 PM  
As a proud native of Atlanta, I wish everyone could forget about Izzy.

This city has produced many awesome things, and Izzy almost negates all of them by itself.
 
2012-08-08 05:01:24 PM  
www.carmajunkies.com

San Francisco 2024
 
2012-08-08 05:02:09 PM  
Why must there be a mascot in the first place? I assume $$ for and by committee.
 
2012-08-08 05:02:28 PM  
Izzy was all over Sega Channel for a month. He even had his own platformer to go along with it.
"Izzy at the Olympics" or something. The goal was to collect rings and medals or something while avoiding nonsensical enemies.
Izzy, you suck. I hated you then and I hate you now.
 
2012-08-08 05:02:36 PM  

Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."


I have never felt so much shame for my country as when they announced Whatizit at the Barcelona closing ceremony.
 
2012-08-08 05:04:32 PM  
 
2012-08-08 05:05:29 PM  

mesmer242: I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x427]

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.


They all had the cute Asian cartoon creature thing going on. And who doesn't love sasquatches?
 
2012-08-08 05:05:32 PM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.


I remember when it debuted at the end of the 1992 Games, it was exactly as EngineerAU said, Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. But what people don't remember was that Whatizzit was supposed to be all blobby and amorphous, because with the New Technology of Computer-Generated Images it was supposed to "morph" into renderings of all the different sports at the Games. The all-in-one mascot.

Evidently people thought it looked too much like a blue dancing turd, so it went through redesign and emerged as Izzy, with no morphing F/X.
 
2012-08-08 05:05:58 PM  
Came for Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-08-08 05:06:54 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


I think the adjective I'd use is "Super!"
 
2012-08-08 05:07:30 PM  

mesmer242: I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x427]

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.


Vancouver will forever be known as the Olympics with a huge doobie as a torch.
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

RE: Izzy. More info about it than anyone would ever really want to know: http://www.izzypins.com/history.php
 
2012-08-08 05:11:04 PM  

espiaboricua: Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."

Say wha...??? Izzy was the much-better version of the mascot? O_o


Sorry. I was supposed to have written that last part in sarcastic font.
 
2012-08-08 05:11:54 PM  
I thought Sam the eagle was OK. Too nationalist...?
 
2012-08-08 05:13:08 PM  

EngineerAU: RE: Izzy. More info about it than anyone would ever really want to know: http://www.izzypins.com/history.php


[blink blink]

[slaps cheeks]

[shakes head]

[wanders outside to ponder the weirdness of the Internets]
 
2012-08-08 05:15:42 PM  
EngineerAU: Vancouver will forever be known as the Olympics with a huge doobie as a torch.

It looks sort of like an at-home pregnancy test to me.
 
2012-08-08 05:16:16 PM  
FTFA: This looks like one of those weird "adult comic strips" that you might nervously leaf through in the "sex" section of a library or bookstore when you're in grade school.

I know that feeling all too well.
 
2012-08-08 05:16:40 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

Everytime I see the London logo I can't help but see it as...
 
2012-08-08 05:17:20 PM  

Ambitwistor: Nina9: And if you're from Atlanta, you may remember that "Izzy" was orginally an abomination called "Whatizzit." Which is what people said when they first saw it. Such was the public outcry that it was changed to the much-better "Izzy."

I have never felt so much shame for my country as when they announced Whatizit at the Barcelona closing ceremony.


I went to the 1996 atlanta games, and they did an amazing job hiding Izzy. You really had to work hard to find a place that he/she/it was at.

I think we eventually found Izzy at the lonely, nearly empty, Olympics Stamps exhibition, which we only checked out because it was INDOORS and AIR CONDITIONED.

Clearly, no one liked Izzy.
 
2012-08-08 05:17:40 PM  

theorellior: [blink blink]

[slaps cheeks]

[shakes head]

[wanders outside to ponder the weirdness of the Internets]


Best part:

Perhaps the greatest testimonial to the success of Izzy as the Atlanta Olympic Games mascot was a bitter disappointment for Izzy, his creator, and the legion of Izzy lovers throughout the world. ACOG excluded Izzy from the Opening Ceremony and barred him from appearing at venues while games were in progress. The reason: Izzy's presence created such a frenzy of excitement, it would detract from the solemn traditional ceremony or create a side show that would draw the attention of spectators away from the Games

I think the creator of Izzy is who wrote copy for that site.
 
2012-08-08 05:18:10 PM  
Sorry...

www.lowbird.com
 
2012-08-08 05:18:22 PM  
Montreal '76 is the modern GOP nightmare.

Gay? CHECK
Green? CHECK
Socialism? CHECK
French? DOUBLE CHECK

/ really want that on a shirt...
 
2012-08-08 05:18:38 PM  
The current mascots do look like they're from the first reel of an alien invasion movie. You know, just before they start blasting everyone with laser beams from their eyes.
 
2012-08-08 05:20:32 PM  

FunkOut: mesmer242: I'm glad they left Vancouver off the list. I thought they were kinda cute, especially in person.

[i47.tinypic.com image 640x427]

Yeah, they were doing the YMCA.

They all had the cute Asian cartoon creature thing going on. And who doesn't love sasquatches?


Photographers?

/Naturally blurry and all.
 
2012-08-08 05:23:17 PM  
images.wikia.com

/surprised I'm the first with this
 
2012-08-08 05:23:43 PM  
London ZOIZ
 
2012-08-08 05:24:19 PM  
Vancouver had decent mascots, at least I thought so.

Seeing how playful parts of the Opening Ceremony was and how relaxed these games feel I can sort of appreciate how cheeky and ridiculous the mascots for London are.

Rio needs to make the mascot just a big Latin ass in a thong.
 
2012-08-08 05:25:54 PM  
I still think back fondly on that Fark Photoshop thread years ago where we reimagined the Olympic mascots. I can't remember which games they were but they were cartoony looking things.

It was a hoot.
 
2012-08-08 05:27:37 PM  
Sam, the mascot from the 84 summer games was all over the place, everywhere, you could by t-shirts, mugs etc with him on it. A bit of marketing that seems to have been forgotten since then
 
2012-08-08 05:27:39 PM  
I've always wondered why we didn't go with the *muppets* Sam the Eagle.
"You're all a bunch of WEIRDOS!"
 
2012-08-08 05:28:51 PM  
assets.sbnation.com

I dunno, if you ask me that mascot was pretty farking badass
 
2012-08-08 05:29:09 PM  
What a shiatty article. Lazy too.

Completely unoriginal concept - yes, everyone knows that the Olympic mascots historically have been a bit odd. But "Terrifying" as the headline proclaims? Not by a long shot.

The article then hedges on the headline (which, to be fair, probably was not written by the writer of the article) by stating "bizarre, nonsensical or otherwise horrifying mascots".

None of them even border on 'horrifying'. Atlanta's Izzy is bizarre and nonsensical - perhaps wins for worst ever. The London mascots are also nonsensical, bordering on bizarre. Perhaps they have a back story, but I, like the author of that article, was too lazy to find it. The Beijing mascots are bizarre, but completely in line with what I would expect from China, the Lillehammer mascots are lazy/uninspired, but the rest are fine (each a bit bizarre in their own right, but that is to be expected)

I think the Barcelona mascot is pretty cool
 
2012-08-08 05:30:32 PM  

Nonesuch: I liked the unofficial Sydney Olympic mascot much better.


My all time fave mascot. I am so missing Roy and HG this time around that I gave up on the Olympics altogether. No point.
 
2012-08-08 05:32:31 PM  

Ambitwistor: EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.


And this is the one they turned down, which wound up being the Atlanta Paralympics mascot. Blaze, the phoenix (Atlanta's symbol is the phoenix, because obviously). Best part is that he was the first openly gay mascot. What? Oh, come on, girl, please, don't tell me he's not. Purple flames, mmmmm?

www.mnasr.org
 
2012-08-08 05:33:39 PM  
Ah, Izzy. Forever Atlanta's shame.

/and I just 'saw' the Maggie Simpson reference
//cannot unsee
 
2012-08-08 05:33:41 PM  
Like a muthafarkin' pimp:

i53.photobucket.com

/Like the ones that had for Salt Lake City and Vancouver.
 
2012-08-08 05:35:02 PM  

The_Sponge: /Like the ones that had for Salt Lake City and Vancouver.



What I meant is that I liked the ones from those games...not they they were like a "muthafarkin' pimp".
 
2012-08-08 05:37:02 PM  

theorellior: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Ah yes, Izzy. The un-aborted love child of a Noids/Smurf orgy. Good times.

I remember when it debuted at the end of the 1992 Games, it was exactly as EngineerAU said, Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. But what people don't remember was that Whatizzit was supposed to be all blobby and amorphous, because with the New Technology of Computer-Generated Images it was supposed to "morph" into renderings of all the different sports at the Games. The all-in-one mascot.

Evidently people thought it looked too much like a blue dancing turd, so it went through redesign and emerged as Izzy, with no morphing F/X.


They also took away his constant stream of star-farts. The plushy Izzy mascot, the one banned from most Olympic venues, was supposedly quite popular with little kids. But what do they know?
 
2012-08-08 05:37:12 PM  

mbillips: Ambitwistor: EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.

And this is the one they turned down, which wound up being the Atlanta Paralympics mascot. Blaze, the phoenix (Atlanta's symbol is the phoenix, because obviously). Best part is that he was the first openly gay mascot. What? Oh, come on, girl, please, don't tell me he's not. Purple flames, mmmmm?

[www.mnasr.org image 190x250]


What kind of gum-brained twit would choose a blue turd over a bird made of fire?
 
2012-08-08 05:39:08 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


I thought it was a seal untill they explained it was a beaver.
 
2012-08-08 05:39:37 PM  

indylaw: mbillips: Ambitwistor: EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.

And this is the one they turned down, which wound up being the Atlanta Paralympics mascot. Blaze, the phoenix (Atlanta's symbol is the phoenix, because obviously). Best part is that he was the first openly gay mascot. What? Oh, come on, girl, please, don't tell me he's not. Purple flames, mmmmm?

[www.mnasr.org image 190x250]

What kind of gum-brained twit would choose a blue turd over a bird made of fire?


How about thin-skinned, control freak frat-boy-lawyer Billy Payne!
 
2012-08-08 05:42:09 PM  
Am I the only one who wants a teddy bear version of the Moscow one?
 
2012-08-08 05:43:31 PM  

mbillips: indylaw: mbillips: Ambitwistor: EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.

And this is the one they turned down, which wound up being the Atlanta Paralympics mascot. Blaze, the phoenix (Atlanta's symbol is the phoenix, because obviously). Best part is that he was the first openly gay mascot. What? Oh, come on, girl, please, don't tell me he's not. Purple flames, mmmmm?

[www.mnasr.org image 190x250]

What kind of gum-brained twit would choose a blue turd over a bird made of fire?

How about thin-skinned, control freak frat-boy-lawyer Billy Payne!


Even a drunk hillbilly lawyer would be a better mascot than Izzy.
 
2012-08-08 05:44:09 PM  
Philadelphia Olympics:

www.80stees.com

hotlinked
 
2012-08-08 05:44:10 PM  
So creepy. So very, very creepy!

www.topnewstoday.orgs3.amazonaws.comthepoliticalcarnival.net

/I never knew Romney was a Starfleet Science Officer
 
2012-08-08 05:45:03 PM  

indylaw: Even a drunk hillbilly lawyer would be a better mascot than Izzy.


chud.com
 
2012-08-08 05:45:43 PM  

UseUrHeadFred: FTFA: "Sam isn't really "terrifying" in a traditional sense, but boy did the United States go all-in on a mascot for their first go-round of hosting the Summer Games."

1904? 1932?


Exactly what I came here to say. Heck, not only was 1984 not the first time the Summer Games were in the United States, it wasn't even the first time the Summer Games were in Los Angeles.
 
2012-08-08 05:47:23 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: The current mascots do look like they're from the first reel of an alien invasion movie. You know, just before they start blasting everyone with laser beams from their eyes.


Hmmm, something to look forward to at the closing ceremony perhaps?
 
2012-08-08 05:47:49 PM  
But wait! There's moar!

i1190.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-08 05:48:20 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]

Seriously, I want that hanging up in my house. It's just so blatantly awesome.

/Ceci n'est pas un castor!



There's one for sale on ebay for 300 bucks.

/I had one of those rainbow down vests back in the '70s. They were totally stylin'
 
2012-08-08 05:48:33 PM  

Oznog: zedster: Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear

nope
[cdn.themis-media.com image 323x350]

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x288]

Good lord- a Polish newspaper published that in an article, after lifting it from Google Images without getting the joke.


That's what happens when you don't have enough people to turn the ladder.
 
2012-08-08 05:51:07 PM  

TV's Vinnie: So creepy. So very, very creepy!

[www.topnewstoday.org image 300x238][s3.amazonaws.com image 550x412][thepoliticalcarnival.net image 369x459]

/I never knew Romney was a Starfleet Science Officer


Thats someones prized pin collection. Mitt has a Elvis thing going on in his hair.
 
2012-08-08 05:52:11 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Sam, the mascot from the 84 summer games was all over the place, everywhere, you could by t-shirts, mugs etc with him on it. A bit of marketing that seems to have been forgotten since then


Some generous but slightly misguided soul bought me a Sam plush doll in 84. It was a nice gesture, but I was 12 at the time, so.
 
2012-08-08 05:52:14 PM  

EngineerAU: I think the creator of Izzy is who wrote copy for that site.


Hahahaahahha. Izzy was shuffled off-stage during the Opening Ceremonies because he was just TOO awesome.

This person has been crying in their beer about this for 18 years, you can tell.
 
2012-08-08 05:54:00 PM  

TV's Vinnie: But wait! There's moar!


I don't know if I can take any more Olympic Mascot weirdness today without my head assploding.
 
2012-08-08 05:57:13 PM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: Elegy: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.

Your mind went there first, you know.

It was the 70s. There were random rainbows on everything.

Also, I hate you, Milkman Dan GIS:


And the tendency to throw rainbows on everything was one of the gayest things about the '70's, which, by all accounts, was an incredibly gay decade.

Come on dude, I know gay beaver when I see it. That's gay beaver, that is.
 
2012-08-08 05:58:48 PM  
My mother says that Mandeville and 'whassisface' look like "two mens doodahs looking for a poke in the eye"

I rest my case. My mother wins.

/Brit
 
2012-08-08 06:00:21 PM  

TV's Vinnie: So creepy. So very, very creepy!

[www.topnewstoday.org image 300x238][s3.amazonaws.com image 550x412][thepoliticalcarnival.net image 369x459]

/I never knew Romney was a Starfleet Science Officer


Oh man, the only positive outcome of Romney winning the election would be if the front page of the NYT the next morning was "MITT HAPPENS", thatd be almost worth it.
 
2012-08-08 06:01:23 PM  
The blue one looks like a penis that wet his pants.

assets.sbnation.com
 
2012-08-08 06:01:37 PM  
I thought all Olympic mascots were in the image of Muhammad.
 
2012-08-08 06:02:31 PM  
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best mascot so far. 1932.

i50.tinypic.com

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2012-08-08 06:14:06 PM  
Coby is awesome!
 
2012-08-08 06:16:20 PM  

Hot Carl To Go: Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .

An anthropomorphic hybrid racoon-wasp? You're out of your damn mind. Creepy for sure.


its a cartoon Raccoon...a simple design...no hybrid anything...and wasp? what the fark are you talking about?
 
2012-08-08 06:18:52 PM  
Came for Salt The Slug, aka Izzy. Yep, he's there.
 
2012-08-08 06:19:29 PM  
What about Patty and Selma's proposed mascot, Ciggy?
 
2012-08-08 06:21:22 PM  

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]


Is that a hat for a gay fur trader, umm bear hunter? NTTIAWWT
 
2012-08-08 06:22:14 PM  

Stratohead: its a cartoon Raccoon...a simple design...no hybrid anything...and wasp? what the fark are you talking about?



Probably because the bushy tail kind of looks like part of a wasp. Meh...he's still cool.
 
2012-08-08 06:24:54 PM  

KellyX: [assets.sbnation.com image 162x196]

I dunno, if you ask me that mascot was pretty farking badass


It's too "Murican" for the tender sensibilities of some Farkers
 
2012-08-08 06:40:17 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: The current mascots do look like they're from the first reel of an alien invasion movie. You know, just before they start blasting everyone with laser beams from their eyes.


They look pretty damn Orwellian to me. Which is fitting for a city in which the average tourist is captured on CCTV over 300 times a day.


/Love London, hate the Big Brother aspect.
 
2012-08-08 06:46:27 PM  

Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .


Technically, he was "Roni," the Iroquois name for racoon. "Rocky" was a real live racoon they thought about using, but he died prematurely.

www.la84foundation.org

Not great, but pretty good for having just barely emerged from the 1970s.

And he was usually pretty dignified:

olympic.webteka.com

... but not always:

www.toptenz.net

Also, the list is missing Schuss, 1968 Grenoble's legendary skiing sperm, and the progenitor of all cutesy, horrible Olympic mascots:

www.mentalfloss.com
 
2012-08-08 06:53:52 PM  

SandMann: The blue one looks like a penis that wet his pants.


Exactly what I thought.
 
2012-08-08 06:57:25 PM  

mbillips: Ambitwistor: EngineerAU: Whatizzit looked like someone left the top off of a tube of Aquafresh. The Izzy redesign helped quite a bit.

And this is the one they turned down, which wound up being the Atlanta Paralympics mascot. Blaze, the phoenix (Atlanta's symbol is the phoenix, because obviously). Best part is that he was the first openly gay mascot. What? Oh, come on, girl, please, don't tell me he's not. Purple flames, mmmmm?

[www.mnasr.org image 190x250]


I still see people rocking the Blaze plates
 
2012-08-08 06:58:28 PM  

codergirl42: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

[assets.sbnation.com image 300x423]

I thought it was a seal untill they explained it was a beaver.


I saw a manatee.
 
2012-08-08 06:58:49 PM  

KellyX: [assets.sbnation.com image 162x196]

I dunno, if you ask me that mascot was pretty farking badass


Yup - I drew that all over my school books when I was a young'ne, and I'm not even from 'merica. Great mascot.
 
2012-08-08 07:03:01 PM  

Bermuda59: What, no love for Springy The Springfield Spring?


Sad that it took so long. Expected it to be Boobies
 
2012-08-08 07:04:37 PM  

SonOfSpam: SandMann: The blue one looks like a penis that wet his pants.

Exactly what I thought.


Penises don't wear pants. You guys are stupid.
 
2012-08-08 07:05:32 PM  

Onkel Buck: KellyX: [assets.sbnation.com image 162x196]

I dunno, if you ask me that mascot was pretty farking badass

It's too "Murican" for the tender sensibilities of some Farkers


Your flag is very loud. This is an excellent thing when flying from an aircraft carrier, but horrible on clothing.
 
2012-08-08 07:07:00 PM  

TV's Vinnie: So creepy. So very, very creepy!

[www.topnewstoday.org image 300x238][s3.amazonaws.com image 550x412][thepoliticalcarnival.net image 369x459]

/I never knew Romney was a Starfleet Science Officer


cosmicorigins.com

He's nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm! Hanging's too good for him. Burning's too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!
 
2012-08-08 07:21:13 PM  

Osomatic: WhyteRaven74: Sam, the mascot from the 84 summer games was all over the place, everywhere, you could by t-shirts, mugs etc with him on it. A bit of marketing that seems to have been forgotten since then

Some generous but slightly misguided soul bought me a Sam plush doll in 84. It was a nice gesture, but I was 12 at the time, so.


I was 11 and mine is still up in my parents' attic. I should bring it to Les from Hardcore Pawn.
 
2012-08-08 07:27:33 PM  

Sybarite: Everything about the Olympics mascots and logos just scream "art by committee."


And not a very artistically minded committee at that.
 
2012-08-08 07:28:26 PM  
came for pedobear, leaving satisfied
 
2012-08-08 07:35:58 PM  
art deco beaver is the best. literally lol'd for about 5 minutes at that paragraph.
 
2012-08-08 07:46:09 PM  
Leave Qautchi alone ! I actually bought a Quatchi plush when visiting in Vancouver just before the Olympics, I thought the whole lineup was well done.
 
2012-08-08 08:12:15 PM  
Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

assets.sbnation.com

They're... Spathi!

starcontroller.com
 
2012-08-08 08:20:43 PM  
cdn100.iofferphoto.com

www.innsbruck2012.com

Separated at birth?
 
2012-08-08 08:27:39 PM  

TV's Vinnie: But wait! There's moar!

[i1190.photobucket.com image 566x421]


He really doesn't like animals riding inside, does he?
 
2012-08-08 08:28:41 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

[assets.sbnation.com image 455x341]

They're... Spathi!

[starcontroller.com image 485x213]



holy crap, starcon2. It's been a while. Wonder if there is an emulator
 
2012-08-08 08:31:29 PM  
www.openfile.ca
www.cynical-c.com

Just sayin'
 
2012-08-08 08:37:51 PM  

cretinbob: came for pedobear, leaving satisfied


Really? You didn't strike me as his type at all!

;-)
 
2012-08-08 08:43:47 PM  

ZzeusS: Parthenogenetic: Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

[assets.sbnation.com image 455x341]

They're... Spathi!

[starcontroller.com image 485x213]


holy crap, starcon2. It's been a while. Wonder if there is an emulator


Why, yes there is! Sort of...

The UrQuan Masters
 
2012-08-08 08:52:20 PM  

Osomatic: UseUrHeadFred: FTFA: "Sam isn't really "terrifying" in a traditional sense, but boy did the United States go all-in on a mascot for their first go-round of hosting the Summer Games."

1904? 1932?

Exactly what I came here to say. Heck, not only was 1984 not the first time the Summer Games were in the United States, it wasn't even the first time the Summer Games were in Los Angeles.


I am going to assume maybe they meant in the "modern era" where games had Mascots (I am assuming the "mascot" thing came about around the 70s).

Or, they are just idiots.
 
2012-08-08 08:55:51 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

[assets.sbnation.com image 455x341]

They're... Spathi!

[starcontroller.com image 485x213]


I JUST FIGURED OUT WHAT THOSE REMIND ME OF!

www.shikadi.net
 
2012-08-08 09:30:49 PM  
I don't get what's so weird and creepy about the eagle from 1984. Most of the ones that came after that looked like either a vague, abstract blob from a 3dsmax tutorial (1996, 2006, 2012), or something that almost certainly had to be an inside joke among the overpriced designers that cooked it up just trying to see if they could get away with something that godawful hideous (1992, 2004).
 
2012-08-08 09:49:57 PM  

the cake is a pie: I don't get what's so weird and creepy about the eagle from 1984. Most of the ones that came after that looked like either a vague, abstract blob from a 3dsmax tutorial (1996, 2006, 2012), or something that almost certainly had to be an inside joke among the overpriced designers that cooked it up just trying to see if they could get away with something that godawful hideous (1992, 2004).


I wonder if the 1996 mascot was the aforementioned designers just seeing what they could get away with.

I mean, dude, it's a f*cking rainbow-tailed sperm.
 
2012-08-08 09:52:28 PM  

Cyno01: Parthenogenetic: Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

[assets.sbnation.com image 455x341]

They're... Spathi!

[starcontroller.com image 485x213]

I JUST FIGURED OUT WHAT THOSE REMIND ME OF!

[www.shikadi.net image 90x94]


*Gasp!* That's exactly what I was thinking of but couldn't remember. Leaving quite satisfied. :)
 
2012-08-08 09:55:22 PM  

L33t Squirrel: Cyno01: Parthenogenetic: Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

[assets.sbnation.com image 455x341]

They're... Spathi!

[starcontroller.com image 485x213]

I JUST FIGURED OUT WHAT THOSE REMIND ME OF!

[www.shikadi.net image 90x94]

*Gasp!* That's exactly what I was thinking of but couldn't remember. Leaving quite satisfied. :)


I know, obviously ive been seeing them for months, and they looked vaguely familiar for some reason but it just never clicked until now.
 
2012-08-08 10:06:59 PM  
It could of been worse. They could have had Hop-On Pop.
 
2012-08-08 10:16:30 PM  

Elegy: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.


Lesbo?

I just figured the walrus was canadian for bear
 
2012-08-08 10:20:44 PM  

Elegy: Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.


Lesbo?

I just figured the walrus was canadian for bear

It certianly looks like its waiting for any random mounting
 
2012-08-08 10:22:01 PM  

Uzzah: Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .

Technically, he was "Roni," the Iroquois name for racoon. "Rocky" was a real live racoon they thought about using, but he died prematurely.

[www.la84foundation.org image 240x240]

Not great, but pretty good for having just barely emerged from the 1970s.

And he was usually pretty dignified:

[olympic.webteka.com image 244x200]

... but not always:

[www.toptenz.net image 300x300]

Also, the list is missing Schuss, 1968 Grenoble's legendary skiing sperm, and the progenitor of all cutesy, horrible Olympic mascots:

[www.mentalfloss.com image 300x320]


That lake placid raccoon has rabies.
 
2012-08-08 11:28:33 PM  
Hidy and Howdy were creepy. I was at the Calgary Games and I swear one of them followed me halfway across the village and into a venue.

(shudder)
 
2012-08-08 11:34:50 PM  
Saw a little racism with the cyclops giving a Nazi salute towards the black athlete. Did you guys notice that?
 
2012-08-09 12:18:23 AM  
I knew I'd seen Misha before!

1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com
 
2012-08-09 01:28:14 AM  

BEER STEAK: Best mascot ever was Berlino from the 2009 Track and Field World Championships in Berlin. All the athletes loved him. Here is a clip, it's much too long, but has a few bright moments. Actually skip ahead to the photo montage starting at 5:40 and you'll get the gist: Best of Berlino


That was so awesome. The performer(s?) under the costume had so much personality and managed to be incredibly engaging while stuck inside a dumb teddy bear costume. They must have been in great shape too.
 
2012-08-09 01:42:19 AM  
I thought the Vancouver mascots were so well-designed. I bought some plushes for my niece and nephew, and a Quatchi plush for my Mom.

and an extra large Quatchi plush for myself. I call him Mister Fluffysnugglebuns.
 
2012-08-09 01:56:21 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

That's what I think of when I see the London mascots...

Max Awesome: I thought the Vancouver mascots were so well-designed. I bought some plushes for my niece and nephew, and a Quatchi plush for my Mom.

and an extra large Quatchi plush for myself. I call him Mister Fluffysnugglebuns.


eeewwwwww
 
2012-08-09 02:38:49 AM  
assets.sbnation.com

"Hand over your oil and nobody dies"
 
2012-08-09 06:57:19 AM  

Manic Depressive Mouse: I knew I'd seen Misha before!

[1.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com image 600x800]


That the Museum of Communism is in a room over a McDonald's says it all.
 
2012-08-09 08:24:09 AM  
img845.imageshack.us
Fatov
 
2012-08-09 08:45:12 AM  

Hot Carl To Go: Stratohead: [img0.etsystatic.com image 170x135]

they forgot "Rocky" from Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics... and there's nothing creepy about the design...suck it subby .

An anthropomorphic hybrid racoon-wasp? You're out of your damn mind. Creepy for sure.


That's his tail, numbnuts. Raccoons have tails.
 
2012-08-09 01:49:33 PM  

Makh: Oh and if it wasn't for China, Pedobear wouldn't keep trying to be a mascot.


I see what you did there!
 
2012-08-09 01:56:15 PM  

indylaw: These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.


So wrong, but so funny! I lol'd.

favorited
 
2012-08-09 01:58:01 PM  

Oznog: zedster: Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear

nope
[cdn.themis-media.com image 323x350]

[i.telegraph.co.uk image 460x288]

Good lord- a Polish newspaper published that in an article, after lifting it from Google Images without getting the joke.


Priceless!

ROFL
 
2012-08-09 04:14:14 PM  
assets.sbnation.com

I used to have a bag with Sam on it that I would take to my grandma's when I spent the night. I hadn't thought about it in YEARS!

/Didn't expect the mascot article to be so dusty
//Miss you, Grandma
 
2012-08-09 07:50:12 PM  

paygun: indylaw: These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.

farking lol


Jesus, I'm going straight to hell for laughing at that one

/but laugh I did
//window seat please
 
2012-08-09 08:35:46 PM  

FloydA: cretinbob: came for pedobear, leaving satisfied

Really? You didn't strike me as his type at all!

;-)


gotta see who's paying attention ;)
 
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