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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 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?
 
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