Whatever else the London Olympics accomplish, Atlantans should be grateful for one thing: moving our 1996 mascot Izzy down on the list of most bizarre Olympic mascots.
Atlanta’s mascot began life as “Whatizit” but when that name, unbelievably, didn’t catch on, it was shortened to the punchier, pithier “Izzy.” He (she? it?) was widely derided for its cross-eyed face and blobby shape. AJC columnist Colin Campbell described Izzy as “a toothy blue maggot with a case of gas.” And that was one of the kinder descriptions.
But now come the London mascots — there are two of them — Wenlock and Mandeville, whose strange appearance makes Izzy look rather conventional.
Londoners and visitors are apparently not enamored of the pair, the AP reports.
Since they were selected as the official mascots back in 2009, detractors have had a field day with the pair, questioning how
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