Topic: Mascots

Why Official Olympic Mascots Are So Damn Weird

When a committee makes decisions, confusion is what you get

A few weeks ago, amid the pollution- and Zika-filled media run-up to Rio, a press release issued by the Olympic organizing committee for PyeongChang, Korea (where the 2018 Winter Olympics…

AT&T Ad Star Milana Vayntrub, Once a Soviet Refugee, Becomes a Voice for Syrian Victims

Actress behind Lily character filmed a documentary in Greece

The actress behind one of today's most popular ad characters, AT&T's Lily, is taking on a new public role: an advocate for Syrian refugees. Milana Vayntrub, the subtly charismatic star of…

Imgur's Office Vibe Is Fun and Funky, Just Like the Internet's Favorite Photo Platform

Tour its San Francisco HQ

If you ever want to know what the kids are up to these days, head over to Imgur. The 6-year-old image-sharing and hosting community is home to millions of images,…

Quiz: Can You Match the Mascot With Its Team?

Name the face of these sports brands

A sports team's mascot does more than just rev up the crowd. It's a way for people to recognize a team, a part of its brand. In honor of Adweek's…

Could Kool-Aid Man Really Bust Through a Brick Wall? Science Finally Has an Answer

Will he survive, and what will be left of him?

The Kool-Aid man's explosive antics have been unquestionably cool since he busted through his first wall in the 1970s. But could he possibly survive such a dramatic entrance? Wouldn't he shatter…

If the Rio Olympic Mascot Isn't a Cat, Then What Is It?

Public is asked to name mashup creatures

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games mascot was unveiled Monday, and while we don't know what the name of the creature is, one thing's for sure. Following in the line of cat-like…

McDonald's Mascot 'Happy' Becomes Even More Terrifying in Horror Poster Contest

Fear the teeth

Turns out we weren't the only ones that found McDonald's newest Happy Meal mascot, "Happy," just a tad on the frightening side. Online marketplace DesignCrowd challenged its graphic design community to…

McDonald's New Happy Meal 'Ambassador' Just Might Eat Your Children

Meet 'Happy,' this week's most maligned mascot

On the heels of a refresh that brought Ronnie McDonald some sweet new threads, McDonald's has just introduced a new crazy-eyed mascot—er, "ambassador"—named "Happy." (Presumably because "Nightmare Fuel" was already…

The Complete Taxonomy of College Sports Mascots

1,100 schools on one incredible poster

We've been in love with taxonomies ever since the agency-name infographic a few months ago. Here's one that's truly stunning to behold—Pop Chart Lab's new Chart of Collegiate Sports Teams.…

A Treasure Trove of Great, Weird Advertising Characters

Flickr pool celebrates odd brand mascots

The Flickr group Weird Advertising Characters is misleadingly named. It should be called Awesome Advertising Characters, because every single picture in here is a winner. Whoever came up with Cheesus…