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Wednesday, August 08

The Trivial Eye: Olympic Pictograms

by Jason Toon

The organizers of London 2012 mangled the logo. They fumbled the mascot. But they did get one other piece of Olympic design right: the pictograms. No cheesy attempt to be contemporary. No contrived translation of ancient visual styles. Just a clean, sharp set of universal-symbol athletes with just enough visual dash to keep it interesting. But are they accurate enough to bring to mind the sports they represent? You tell us... what sports are we looking at here?

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Wednesday, August 01

The Trivial Eye: Olympic Mascots

by Jason Toon

Amid all the ridicule for the London 2012 Olympic logo, it's easy to overlook the equally bizarre Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots for this year's games. Some say they're a bold departure, others say they're softening up the youth of Earth for the imminent metal-cyclops takeover. But one thing's for sure: most of us will forget about them before the last empty can of lager has been cleared from the Olympic village. Take these eight mascots of Olympiads past: do you remember their names and the games they represented?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

You want more Trivial Eye, don't you? Yeah, you do.

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