So did you know the Winter Olympics are only a few months away? Because I didn’t. I’ve read about the enviro-hell that is Beijing 2008 and the enviro-heaven that is London 2012, but it totally didn’t occur to me until now that the luge (my favorite sport to say) will be broadcast to you and me in February. Torino 2006, baby!

Oh good. They appear to be looking out for the environment.

Sorry — perhaps this doesn’t belong on Gristmill, but I don’t have a blog of my own, and I feel like the world (environmental and otherwise) needs to be made aware of the mascots of Torino 2006. Watch the video to be inspired amused vaguely uneasy.

“Neve”: she is a gentle, kind and elegant snowball; “Gliz”: he is a lively, playful ice cube … They are the symbol of a young generation that is full of life and energy.

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Until their cute little heads melt from global warming! Sigh …