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Wenlock and Mandeville
Look, I get it. Good ideas are tough to come by. Still, when looking at the dick-like mascots created for the 2012

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PHOTOS: Questionable Olympic Mascots Through the Years

Wenlock and Mandeville Mug.jpg
Wenlock and Mandeville
Look, I get it. Good ideas are tough to come by. Still, when looking at the dick-like mascots created for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London (which, yes, kickoff today), one can't help but feel like Wenlock and Mandeville leave something to be desired. The good news is, at least for them, they're only the latest in a long string of fairly terrible Olympic mascots.

As is always the case with Olympic mascots, there's a story behind Wenlock and Mandeville, however questionable it may be. According to hype, they represent droplets of steel left over from the construction of London's Olympic stadium, and are supposed to symbolize the U.K.'s Industrial Revolution. Mainly, however, they just look like silly, metal, one-eyed phalluses.

But before we dog on Wenlock and Mandeville too hard, let's take a look back at some Olympic mascots from years past, an exercise that should help put the duo's creepiness into perspective.

Waldi - 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany

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Waldi the dachshund has the distinction of being the first Olympic mascot. Since the games were in Germany in 1972, the selection of a dachshund at least makes sense. According to legend (read: Wikipedia), Waldi was modeled after an actual long-haired dachshund named Cherie von Birkenhof, and featured most of the Olympic colors (except those colors associated with the National Socialist Party).

Our list of questionable Olympic mascots continues on the following page ...

Izzy - 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia

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In true American fashion, Izzy was originally created by a design firm, pimped on TV and through video games, specifically designed to appeal to a younger demographic, and at one point modified to have a more athletic look. Despite all of this, people pretty much hated Izzy, despite his high-top sneakers and spooge like appearance.

Roni - 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

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Originally, the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid were supposed to feature a live raccoon mascot. Thing is, it died. So Roni the cartoon raccoon was born. Don't you kind of miss the days when Olympic mascots could be simple, cuddly things like raccoons?

Magique - 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France

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When the Olympic committee reject Albertville's first choice for an Olympic mascot, a mountain goat by the name of Chamois, their second choice was a stripper from Déjà Vu named Magique. Wait. What's that? Magique wasn't a stripper from Déjà Vu named Magique? Magique was a "star shaped imp" said to signify youth, dreams and imagination? Fair enough.

Our list of questionable Olympic mascots continues on the following page ...

The Snowlets - 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan

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Apparently, the original mascot for the Nagano Games was a weasel named Snowple. But Snowple got the ax for a set of snow owls called the Snowlets. R.I.P., Snowple.

VIDEO BONUS! THE SNOWLETS DANCE!

Amik - 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada

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Amik was a beaver. Beavers are native to Canada. They're also considered hard working and cute - much like Canadians. Coming only four years after Olympic mascots debuted with Waldi the dachshund, things were still simple in 1976.

Our list of questionable Olympic mascots continues on the following page ...

Cobi - 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain

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A Catalan sheep dog, Cobi was so damn popular during the 1992 Summer Games that he got his own TV show, The Cobi Troupe. Of course, he was still a dog, so they did tether an inflatable version of his likeness to the Barcelona waterfront.

The Fuwa - 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

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At first, the Fuwa -- Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini - were known as "the Friendlies." But upon further review, that was just fucking weird and kind of gross. So they changed the name.

VIDEO BONUS! SONG OF THE FUWA OLYMPIC CRUISE!

Our list of questionable Olympic mascots continues on the following page ...

Hakon and Kristin - 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway

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Hakon

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Kristin

There's a bunch of Norwegian history behind Hakon and Kristin. You can look it up if you're interested. Pretty much the only creepy thing about this pair is the six real little Norwegian boys and girls chosen to play the part of Hakon and Kristin in the two years leading up to the games.

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