And remember the kooky Athens Olympics mascots?
What were they thinking?
Anyway, here's what the Chinese were thinking:
The mascots were presented as Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni - which, put together reads in Chinese "Beijing welcomes you!"See, it makes plenty of sense.
"They reflect the cultural diversity of China as a multiethnic country," said Liu Qi, President of Beijing Organising Committee.
"They represent the enthusiasm and aspirations of our people, Liu Qi added.
Coloured in the five hues of the Olympic rings, the mascots also represent the sea, forests, fire, earth and air.
IN THE COMMENTS: Starless:
"A panda, a carp, a Tibetan antelope, a swallow and the Olympic flame...What are the contents of Ed's freezer?"