One day later, the world is still in shock and mourning over Wednesday's introduction of Wenlock and Mandeville, the official mascots of the London 2012 Olympics.
Graphic designers continue to weep openly in the streets. Schools have brought in crisis counselors to comfort frightened youngsters. Many Webkinz have reportedly formed suicide pacts as fears spread that -- what were their names again? Warlock and Mandible? whatever -- the monsters are part of a robot master race that has come from Planet Focus Group to stamp out cuddliness and cuteness on Earth. Those in the fetish community are simply scratching their heads (as a commenter who goes by Murray Hewitt noted on the Deadspin blog, "The blue guy put his assless chaps on backwards"). And at Advertising Age headquarters in New York, those of us who didn't go home sick yesterday ended up forming an impromptu prayer circle in the conference room -- and that includes the atheists among us. Afterward, I manned the internet barricades, carefully recording reactions on Twitter to the attack of Warlord and Matlock. Click through the slide show below for the voice of the Tweeple.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.