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These are “Wenlock and Mandeville,” the official mascots of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

As I mentioned over at the Llamas yesterday, they look to me like the result of Kang and Kodos getting busy with a couple of teletubbies.  (Other opinions seem to lean toward the idea of walking one-eyed trouser snakes.)

As I also mentioned, for some years now I have thought that each successive Olympic mascot couldn’t possibly get worse.  It turns out that I have been proven wrong every time.  This year is no exception.

I bring this up because the National Post has done up a sort of Rogue’s Gallery that demonstrates my point.  (WARNING: If dizziness and nausea occur, cease viewing and contact your physician immediately.)

Remember that these “mascots” are a) supposed to represent a competition celebrating the purest ideals of human athleticism, at the same time evoking the spirit of the host country;  and b) supposed to raise a lot of money to support that competition.   Now ask yourself what kind of committee of cretins collectively pondered these goals and came up with this result.

UPDATE: It’s the Wenlock and Mandeville Parody Challenge! Click and browse.  The No Hot Beverages rule is in effect, and you’re probably better off closing your door, too.

This is the West Quoddy Head light, located in Lubec, Maine.

West Quoddy Head is the easternmost point of land in the United States.  (That’s the Bay of Fundy beyond it theyah, with Canada -specifically Grand Manan, I think – on the horizon.)

Many, many people have no doubt remarked on the absurdity of the easternmost point of land in the United States being called “West” anything, but since this is my blog, I’m going to go ahead and add my two cents.

And that is just to say that in the, oh, ten or so years that I have been aware of this little geographical quirk, I have never ceased to find it extremely droll.

I like to think that the fellahs who laid out the original border must have thought the idea pretty droll, too, since they didn’t seem inclined to change either the boundary or the name of the head or both.

Simple pleasures.



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