Meet London’s mascots for the 2012 Olympics. The country that gave the world the Industrial Revolution, the American colonies 😉 Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, the Beatles, Charlotte Rampling, Churchill, Thatcher and Mr. Bean came up with this? The Thames already has Prozac in it, I think if we looked again we’d find some crack.

Meet Wenlock and Mandeville.

In the end they were neither animal, vegetable nor mineral. Nor, as some cynics had predicted, did they resemble white elephants. Instead, Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots, elicited mostly baffled reactions as to just what they were at their unveiling today.

Look, how hard can this be? And what happened to something like…puppies. Everyone has puppies. I nominate any puppy to be the 2012 London Olympic mascots. Ok, specifically, an English Shepherd. There, done. See how easy?

Or, of course, there’s always…

Chippy. Debonair.

UPDATE: Fausta’s Blog has video!!

And SondraK has a little something to say!

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  1. avidfan09 says:

    The Olympic logos remind me of leeches.. is Britain that much in dire straits?

  2. Chris says:

    WTF… just… WTF..

  3. morecowbell says:


  4. RuBegonia says:

    Another teletubbies cultural revolution?

  5. Alan K. Henderson says:

    There goes the merchandising possibilities.

    I thought Sarajevo’s Voochko was one of the cooler mascots.

  6. Maynard says:

    Forgive me, but it seems to me the Brits have concocted a colorful pair of walking one-eyed trouser snakes. The names Wenlock and Mandeville seem to fit the bill.

    Stephen Bayley, the prominent design critic, said: “What is it about these Games which seems to drive the organizers into the embrace of this kind of patronizing, cretinous infantilism?

  7. GirlfriendGeek says:

    OMG! and I thought the mascot for the 1996 summer games in Atlanta was lame.

    No question…crack was involved…

  8. MaryVal says:

    I’m thinking ‘shrooms. It was something hallucinatory.

  9. ffigtree says:

    That’s just . . . ah . . .I’m not even awake yet! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • ffigtree says:

      Now that I’ve had some coffee . . .I’m laughing out loud! I didn’t know there were Olympic mascots. Did you? When I think Olympics I think of the Olympic rings, Olympic torch/flame, medals, and doves.

  10. Teri says:

    They remind me of Obamas Hopey & Changey thingies.

  11. lawmom90 says:

    My first thought was Tinky-Winky and Dipsy LOL

  12. Artist4Palin says:

    Puppies for sure but have you seen the MEA CULPA KITTY on Michelle Malkin’s site? Sooo cute.
    Does she have kitties,for real? And if so do they ever say I am sorry for anything? *smile*

  13. thierry says:

    they never said there would be flashbacks from that rave summer of love in 1988…

    that’s what hello kitty looks like after you’ve done a line of coke, a hit of ecstasy and someone drops joey beltram’s “energy flash” on you . shroooooooms!

    why are we always brought back to the horror of glow sticks?( and they have- gulp- hand flippers and oven mitts…)

  14. MaryVal says:

    Blast and damn. Now I’m going to have to get ANOTHER stinkin’ dog, an English shepherd. :^)

  15. franknitti says:

    There’s no hope for Great Britain now. None whatsoever.

  16. MaryVal says:

    I know what those mascots are: decayed mutant teeth. A result of the Brit health care system.

  17. trevy says:

    Which artist was hired for that, Picasso or Pollack?

    I think a copperhead would make a better mascot.

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  19. Palin2012 says:

    Well – not animal, nor vegetable: lack of color, sexless – but heh; there is that rainbow in the background! Personally, I prefer Chippy with the rocket launcher!

  20. radargeek says:

    They look like the byproduct of a bad acid trip. They could be actual obamamites that mutated…hum…

  21. glwinch says:

    Personally, I like Chippy..or is he really ‘Secret Squirrel’?

  22. Laura says:

    Oh great, now we are being watched by walking midget cyclops telescreens, quite Orwellian

  23. Alan K. Henderson says:

    Jonah Goldberg: “[T]he Eurocrats behind this decision have spent millions of pounds developing anal probes as the official symbol of the Olympics.”

  24. Gordon says:

    When did Gumby and his pal become drugged out hippies from Dr. Who?

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