This Is Your Olympic Committee On Drugs

What the [expletive deleted] are these, some form of mutant Teletubbies?

Are London’s Wenlock and Mandeville the most bizarre Olympics mascots yet?

Anyone who thought The Fuwa (aka, “The Friendlies,” the official mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympics) or Izzy (aka, Whatizit from the 1996 Atlanta Games) were bizarre, wait till you get a load of Wenlock and Mandeville.

Those are the names of the wacky new mascots unveiled in London on Wednesday for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The London organizers said the one-eyed creatures — who kind of look like a cross between Muno from “Yo Gabba Gabba” and a cellphone — are supposed to help inspire kids to get involved with Olympic sports.

Wenlock is named after Much Wenlock, a town about four miles outside of London that helped inspire the modern Olympics with its own local games. Mandeville is named after Stoke Mandeville, a town about 45 miles from London where the Paralympic movement started.

I report, you decide.

See also:
Wenlock and Mandeville – Mascots – London 2012 Olympics / Paralympics
London 2012: Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville unveiled
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London 2012 Olympic mascots: Wenlock and Mandeville’s design features explained
London Olympics 2012: Meet Wenlock and Mandeville, drips off the old block
London’s 2012 Olympic mascots
Olympic mascots off to meet UK’s pupils
Atlanta’s Olympic mascot meets its ugly match
London Mascots Are More High Tech Than Warm and Fuzzy
It’s hard to warm to Wenlock and Mandeville
2012 Olympics Mascots Revealed to Mixed Reviews
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London Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville Will See You Now
London Unveils Creepy-Looking Mascots for 2012 Olympics Rife With Symbolism
Olympic mascots spoofed on web
Meet the London 2012 Olympic Mascot, a Ghoulish Cycloptic Phallus Named Wenlock
Wenlock and Mandeville caught mocking ‘two-eyed freaks’
London 2012 Official Homepage
2012 Summer Olympics
London 2012 from the International Olympic Committee
IOC Official Website
International Olympic Committee

Is there some requirement that Olympic mascots have to be oddly weird? Is there a secret contest with crazy prizes for the designers to make the latest Olympic mascots even more strangely surreal than the last ones? Is everyone on the International Olympic Committee whacked out on hallucinogenic drugs?

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