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Fun With Olympic Pictograms

1988 Seoul

The Freddy Mercury Karaoke Contest

I don’t have cable.

I do have rabbit ear antennae that pick up CCTV from a nearby parking garage when the wind’s blowin’ up a gale. Needless to say, I can’t watch the Olympics at home. What I can do (and did) is make funny happenstance with the history of Olympic Pictograms.

The following are all real depictions of particular sporting events (from the denoted year/city),  some of which I have no clue what they’re representing. So, I do what I did in college; make shit up.

1980 Moscow

The Hilarious Sport of ‘Falling on Pavement’. A slight alteration –

   – turns to ‘Singing in the Rain’

The riveting sport of ‘Kneeling…Staring’

My personal favorite, “Foreplay!”

1964 Tokyo

The Sport of “I’m not Angry with you, just disappointed”

The Best Portrayal of Luke hanging from the antenna at the end of ‘Empire Strikes Back’

Leia! 10 points

2012 London

Synchronized swimming (I actually got this one)

A little rotation and….

Synchronized Pole Dancing!

Okay, another swimming one – a little rotation…

…and, we get a creeper with a fake arm – or John Wilkes Boothe.

2000 Sydney


Hammer Time!

1984 Los Angeles

Chick-fil-a Sponsored Event

Aggressive Man Kissing

1976 Montreal

A Comique

Future Olympics

In the near future, Chess will be an olympic sporting event. Until then, it’s a game of ‘I’m seeing someone else”.


all pictograms are from the amazing Olympic Museum Website (


41 comments on “Fun With Olympic Pictograms

  1. CBu says:

    pure awesomeness.

    1. mabukach says:

      thank you! Thought I might be too random with this one…

  2. Nathaniel Hahn says:

    Brilliant, hahaha…Hammer time is awesome!

    1. mabukach says:

      I wish ‘Hammer Time’ were an actual event.

  3. Could not stop laughing! Still can’t.

    1. mabukach says:

      Thank you, Ma’am – Congrats again on being Freshly Pressed! Definitely well deserved

  4. i love the olympics, but i might love them more if they had pictograms like this!

    1. mabukach says:

      Freddy Mercury was for you.

  5. I would be less upset about baseball and softball getting the Olympic boot if “Singing in the Rain” would have replaced them.

    1. mabukach says:

      The judging will be fierce!

  6. Brad Beaumont says:

    A perfect way to start my Friday =o)

    1. mabukach says:

      As always, thanks Brad. Glad you haven’t tired of the insanity of these posts.

  7. Brigitte says:

    Mike, why don’t you take these and do a Gallagher-like stand-up thing (maybe not Gallagher) but that weird red-haired guy comedian on steroids now — what’s his name? I actually met the guy once and I can’t remember his name. Anyway, he’s not always funny but you are and you could take these signs and pull them out of a chest or something. With your other freaking hilarious stuff. I’m serious.

    I went without cable for years and had rabbit ears and was blissfully happy about it. I live somewhere now where I can’t pick up channels with cable. Wish I could go back. Trust me, you’re not missing anything.

    And I’m tired of the Olympics already too. (Synchronized pole dancing — brilliant)

    This was great — better than the Olympics — thank you.

    1. mabukach says:

      That’s not a bad idea, Brigitte…
      I might have to look in this. THough, i will be better than that one guy with orangish red hair who looks like a Satan Clown on roids.

      Netflix is a heaven sent, and I can find anything I want to watch on the interwebs.

      Haha, thanks for always commenting!

  8. Maggie O'C says:

    This is “I need to mute myself in the office” funny.

    He’s sitting in a martini….hahahaha
    I’m reblogging.

  9. Maggie O'C says:

    Reblogged this on Someone Fat Happened and commented:
    I haven’t been watching the Olympics but now I feel all caught up. Thanks to Roam About Mike for the update.

    1. mabukach says:

      Dude, you’re freaking awesome. Thanks so much! My readers are the bestest.

  10. Rob G says:

    1964 Tokyo killed me. I laughed hard enough to get a stern look from my dog. I don’t think she was angry though, just disapponted.

    1. mabukach says:

      Bwahaha! Thanks, Rob!

  11. AlisaG says:

    singin’ in the rain looks a whole lot like the fabulous Olympic sport of Pole Dancing

    1. AlisaG says:

      ok so then i kept reading (I have to comment as I go or it’s gone forever) and there you have pole dancing. well, at least great minds think alike.

      1. mabukach says:

        I was going to go with a ‘magic mike’ reference…great minds indeed!

  12. free penny press says:

    This was great.. Love how the Synchronized swimmers can compete in 2 events (Pole dancing).. Double the chance for gold!!

    1. mabukach says:

      A very versatile group. Win a gold medal, get a dollar tip

      1. free penny press says:


  13. hello, mike… oh, i happen to like the singing in the rain over the others – simple, classic and funny. it never fails, haha 😉 cheers!

    1. mabukach says:

      Would you want to see it as an Olympic sport? 🙂

      1. yeah! why not? it’d be fun to see each nation rep interpreting his or her idea of balance, haha 😉

  14. jcvert1982 says:

    So, so funny! Thanks for the laughs!

    1. mabukach says:

      Thank YOU for reading

  15. mrsdeboots says:

    This is effing hilarious.

    1. mabukach says:

      Thanks! A lot of thought and beer went into this…

  16. Kathy V. says:

    Hilarious! John Wilkes Booth. Awesome.

  17. sil86as2 says:

    Reblogged this on gottopickapocketortwo and commented:
    Too funny, I’m still laughing!

    1. mabukach says:

      Yes! Thanks so much for reblogging!

  18. Anarya Andir says:

    These are absolutely hilarious. Great job at creating oh-such-accurate meanings of these pictograms! Great post 😀

    1. mabukach says:

      Hopefully, the Olympics will use my versions for summer 2016 in Rio. Thanks!!

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