(Page 2 of 6)
5. Amik the Beaver, the mascot of the 1976 Games in Montreal.
Some 20 African nations boycotted that Olympics due to the inclusion of New Zealand athletes after Kiwi rugby teams had toured apartheid South Africa, which was forbidden from participating in the Games. That rugby wasn't an Olympic sport makes the African nations' argument hard to follow, but it was the '70s and everyone (especially Canadian First Lady Margaret Trudeau) was doing lots of drugs, so who can say what did or didn't make sense?
Speaking of drugs, scientists have yet to synthesize anything that can make Amik the Beaver look like anything other than a colostomy bag. His failure to win hearts and minds of Olympic fans mirrored the Games' failure to return on the huge gobs of Canadian dollars spent on the competition. Costs rose from around $100 million to over $1.5 billion (CDN) and Montreal spent some two decades paying off the tab for hosting the Olympics. All those remaindered plush toy versions of Amik the Beaver didn't help the bottom line.
Next: Who Wants to Wrestle "The Sperm in Sneakers"?