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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 47
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2012-08-08 05:23:17 PM
3 votes:
images.wikia.com

/surprised I'm the first with this
2012-08-08 03:00:28 PM
3 votes:
This one is awesome:

assets.sbnation.com
2012-08-08 02:46:02 PM
3 votes:
Everything about the Olympics mascots and logos just scream "art by committee."
2012-08-08 02:39:56 PM
3 votes:

Bonkthat_Again: They forgot Pedobear


nope
cdn.themis-media.com
2012-08-08 08:12:15 PM
2 votes:
Hm. How have I not seen the London Olympic mascots until now?

assets.sbnation.com

They're... Spathi!

starcontroller.com
2012-08-08 05:47:23 PM
2 votes:

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 05:37:12 PM
2 votes:

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 05:28:51 PM
2 votes:
assets.sbnation.com

I dunno, if you ask me that mascot was pretty farking badass
2012-08-08 05:00:34 PM
2 votes:
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 04:52:31 PM
2 votes:
These mascots have nothing on Zyklon, the Jew-hating cloud from the 1936 games.
2012-08-08 02:53:19 PM
2 votes:
The Olympics have mascots?

Well, they did have Lisa blowing Bart for the 2012 logo, I guess.
2012-08-09 01:56:21 AM
1 votes:
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
2012-08-08 09:49:57 PM
1 votes:

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 09:30:49 PM
1 votes:
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 08:55:51 PM
1 votes:

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 07:46:09 PM
1 votes:
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 07:07:00 PM
1 votes:

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 06:46:27 PM
1 votes:

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 06:40:17 PM
1 votes:

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 06:02:31 PM
1 votes:
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best mascot so far. 1932.

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2012-08-08 05:58:48 PM
1 votes:
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 05:57:13 PM
1 votes:

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 05:52:11 PM
1 votes:

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 05:48:33 PM
1 votes:

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 05:45:43 PM
1 votes:

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 05:43:31 PM
1 votes:

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 05:39:37 PM
1 votes:

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 05:29:09 PM
1 votes:
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 05:27:39 PM
1 votes:
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 05:27:37 PM
1 votes:
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 05:24:19 PM
1 votes:
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 05:18:38 PM
1 votes:
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 05:17:40 PM
1 votes:

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 05:17:20 PM
1 votes:

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 05:15:42 PM
1 votes:
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 05:07:30 PM
1 votes:

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 05:05:32 PM
1 votes:

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 05:05:29 PM
1 votes:

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 05:02:36 PM
1 votes:

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 04:59:44 PM
1 votes:

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 04:57:36 PM
1 votes:
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 04:52:12 PM
1 votes:

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 04:49:31 PM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:

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Is that a gay beaver?
2012-08-08 04:48:08 PM
1 votes:

Jackson Herring: This one is awesome:


I know right? It just screams "lesbo pride". Way to go, Canada.
2012-08-08 04:47:29 PM
1 votes:
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 04:45:04 PM
1 votes:
I'm pretty sure "Misha", 80 Summer Moscow, was developed after an all night session of watching taped female gymnastics.
2012-08-08 04:43:35 PM
1 votes:
img0.etsystatic.com

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