11 Olympic Mascots That Were Obviously Conceived During Acid Trips



By Charlie Nadler on July 26, 2012

This year's Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, are taking a lot of flak for being too "weird" or "creepy" or "inexplicably one-eyed-monstery" for some people, but did you know they're not the only absurd mascots in Olympic history? Here's a list of 11 Olympic Mascots That Were Obviously Conceived During Acid Trips:

1

Wenlock and Mandeville — London, 2012

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"Dude, what if, like, the mascots this year were these ominous, parking meter-esque robots with no mouths and a huge Cyclops eye? I feel like if one of them could have crotchless pants and we put them all over London so that everyone feels like they're under surveillance – people would be like, totally."

2

Syd, Millie and Ollie — Sydney, 2000

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The menacing kookaburra and his surreal friends the platypus and the echidna may have looked a little out of place running around Sydney to promote the Olympics, but it all made a lot more sense when they were crawling up the walls and speaking in tongues in the middle of that Pink Floyd song that one night.

3

Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, and Yingying — Beijing, 2008

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Kids love big, bright anthropomorphic animal things with oversized heads and vacant black eyes. Wait, not kids – PEOPLE ON ACID.

4

Izzy — Atlanta, 1996

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Ecstatic, cross-eyed, shape-shifting blue blob with a mouth for a torso, lightning bolts sprouting from its head and Olympic rings melded to its enormous eyeballs. Totally normal.

5

Athena and Phevos — Athens, 2004

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And your mom is always saying that those mangled looking club foot, penis head beings you see in the mirror when you're peaking will never become Olympic mascots. Well explain Athena and Phevos, mom!

6

Cobi — Barcelona, 1992

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If the apocalypse is ever somehow triggered by a teenager on hallucinogens, there's a pretty decent chance that the end of the world will look something like this.

7

Quatchi and Miga — Vancouver, 2010

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Having trouble making sense of Quatchi and Miga? That's okay, so is everyone else on the planet (except for one person who clearly was either on LSD or was a borderline psychotic 4-year old when they came up with the idea).

8

Neve and Gliz — Turin, 2006

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One thing to note about creepy, surrealistic acid-inspired Olympic mascots: they do not look any less creepy or surrealistic when photographed next to uncomfortable middle aged men in suits.

9

Hidy and Howdy — Calgary, 1988

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I have to admit that Hidy and Howdy are kind of cute – in an I'm-tripping-my-brains-out-while-watching-a-Fellini-movie kind of way.

10

MukMuk — Vancouver, 2010

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MukMuk might have escaped this list if it weren't for the random white chest hair hanging down from his chin – and for the fact that his name his MukMuk.

11

Waldi — Berlin, 1972

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If there's a grandfather of trippy Olympic mascots, it's got to be Waldi the rainbow colored wiener dog. (I know what some of you are saying – "But Waldi is not rainbow colored, he's wearing a sweater!" Maybe, maybe not, but he's still PURPLE.)

Charlie Nadler

Charlie Nadler

CHARLIE NADLER lives and works in Chicago. He writes for the Internet and plays in a band called Blane Fonda.

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