If you're tired of stories about earthquakes and censorship and brutal beatdowns of Tibetan monks, then forget about the Beijing Olympics for a moment, and remember that plans are already underway for the 2012 Games in London. Things will be decidedly more upbeat in these Olympics, to be sure; as we see to the left. The BBC asked British citizens to design their own Olympic mascots, and the results were, um, interesting? Socky here is only the tip of the iceberg, I'm afraid. (God only knows what he medaled in).

Among other Olympic mascots submitted by the public:

• A pantsless Mr. Monopoly carrying a joint.

• What appears to be the notebook doodles of a serial killer.

• Nightmare fuel, plain and simple.

• If Walt Disney did enormous quantities of opium.

There are others, but I can't go on.

In Pictures: Your Olympic Mascots [BBC News]
Olympic Mascots [Deuce Of Davenport]