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Aug 21, 2008

And Now, Another Cute Olympics Update

BEIJING -- In gymnastics today, the odds-on favored Hamstrovakian team took the gold in the Women's Synchronized Dangling.  Pictured here, from top, are teammates Uvula Stolichnaya, Ivana Hugankissya and Olga Reallylongfunnynameski.

Yeah, prolly a fake, but who cares? WE LOVE EEEEET!

Our thanks to cute-porter Tabby for today's update.

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Ably assisted by coach, Kammon Iwannalayuh.

Bleen me???

Gail (the first one)
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:07 PM

Oh... by the time I'd written my comment someone else had dashed in. I'll never comment again :-(

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:10 PM

Aw, Katherine, we can share!

Gail (the first one)
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:11 PM

Adorable, but, unfortunately, very obviously photo-shopped. Take a very close look at the paws.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:12 PM

What is NTMTOM going to do when the 'Lympics are over? He's gonna have to take an interest in Russian ballet!

"Uvula"! [SNORT!]

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:13 PM

Way to make fun of people's names. It's great to see NTMTOM show such respect for diversity.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:24 PM

Rebecca...read the roll-over text...

And NOMTOM, are you sure Olga Reallylongfunnynameski belongs on the that team? She sounds like she's from a whole 'nother country! Hee!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:27 PM

Look real close, they're all the same hammie.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:28 PM

Woo-hoo, Rebecca, don't forget the hover text!

Some Photoshopaholics provide meritorious service to the Qte.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:32 PM


 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:33 PM

Nom Tom, I bow before your quirky creativity! This is the best one yet! And you know, DumBunny, I think you're right. It's still awesome, though.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:39 PM

if it were not for making fun of each other.
my childhood would have been silent.
i'm so glad we did, and we still have a sense of humor.
i love the names! hilarious! GO NTMTOM!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:41 PM

That is not fake. My hamsters do that all the time. They are special flying hamsters so they do not weigh much and can dangle from just about anything.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:45 PM

I didn't think props were allowed in the Olympics!! They must be disqualified, which opens the door for the team from Rodentika to capture the gold. Those young ladies really deserve it, too. Silky Furballovich, Belinda "Pouches" Powschkovitz, and Natalia Hamstrovia have worked their tiny taillios off!!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:47 PM

She's sayin': Um, yeah, I hate to be a pest about this, but I'm pretty sure I asked for a yellow flower.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:49 PM

The Chinese ambassador immediately insisted that

1) the photo was not edited, and

2) all hamsters were at least 16 years old

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:59 PM

I have the strange compulsion to ululate-lalalalaalallaallalala.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 02:59 PM

Now that's teamwork!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:03 PM

This is just too moishe!! Photo shopped or not, who cares. As for the names, love them!

Mary (the first)
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:17 PM

Is this the newest rotation in the Olympic rhythymic gymnastics competition? Ball, hoop, rope, ribbon and flower?

Go Hamstrovakia!! woo! woo! woo!

I was watching some of that today. I am a former (Really Former) youth gymnast and even to me those girls seemed freaky flexible. Yipes!!!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:34 PM

Unfortunately, Tugs, that is fake. There's no such thing as a "flying hamster" as they are burrowing animals, not flight animals. What you are looking at are Syrian hamsters, a very common breed. They will climb and sometimes dangle, though usually off of cage wiring or food hanging from a cage.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:51 PM

Cute photoshop concept

OlympicDork - LOL your comments

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:52 PM

Hello, British Airways? I would like one one-way plane ticket to Hamstrovakia, please. No, no, Hamstrovakia. H-A-M-S...oh, really? How much? Hmm. Well, alright, just send me to Roborowski Airport in Powchevania, then, I'll get the train from there.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:53 PM

They swept the podium on the individuals, too. You should see them wearing their medals.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 03:56 PM

[judges looking down over 1/2 glasses from Walgreens] way to go Uv, Liv and Olg. Unfortunately, you are from .... Hamstrovakia .... AND your act is a little too artistic, so we have to take away your gold and give it to China!!!!

Seriously, this should go in synchronized air swimming. The art, the grace, the style....


 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 04:16 PM


Linda H.
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 04:28 PM

Looks like the "Hang In There" cat has handed the torch to these mofos.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 04:37 PM

kwait-- I don't understand the first name: Uvula Stolichnaya?? Other than that, love it! Dangling rodents rock.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 05:28 PM

Yeah, I dunno. It seems surprisingly unsavory to make fun of "funny" foreign names, entirely made up or not.

I don't want to be a humourless shrew (aww, shrew!), but that was honestly my first thought too.

Next time you can pick some Chinese-sounding names! Those are always funny!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 05:39 PM

This is weird. I saw this photo and the zebra one somewhere within the past couple of days -- same place -- but I can't remember where. And this is like the only cute website I visit. Deja vooooo.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 05:54 PM


As a Chinese person, I'm not exactly thrilled by your suggestion for substitute names, and if one takes offense to made up Russian names, one should take offense to made up names that mock any nationality. With that said, I wouldn't particularly be offended if the hamsters were Chinese, rather than Russian, but I don't appreciate the suggestion that Chinese names are "always funny" as if Chinese people are always a good standby to poke fun at.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 05:56 PM

Photoshop or not, an adorable photo! ;-)

Daphne Moss
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 05:56 PM

Maggie, that wasn't very nice of you. Ouch. :-(

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 06:09 PM

Umm......excuse me but WHERE are the barrettes?! And the hair sparkles? These must be rookies...but a perfect 10 for cute factor!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:06 PM

guys, I'm pretty sure Maggie meant her comment about Chinese names as sarcasm. I don't think she was suggesting them as a legitimate, less offensive alternative.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:20 PM

You said uvula. Heh. Heh.

Elaine E
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:33 PM

Cute! But totally photoshopped...well photoshopped, but still...is there no integrity in the Olympics anymore? Just kidding!!! Very cute.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:36 PM

I'm surprised people complain about the pseudo-Russian names but no one seems overly offended about all the pseudo-Scottish names on Cute Overload.
McSquirmersons: http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2008/06/stubbular-unfoc.html
Eddie McBlobbles: http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2007/09/mr-google-e-mcb.html

I think those hamsters deserved their gold medal! Way to go!

Mrs. Door(belphebe)
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:44 PM

It's...it's too moishe! I cannot takes it! The dangling! The pawsees! THE FLOWER!

Thank goodness for photoshop! ^_^.

Jupiter Star
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 07:48 PM

I am certain that this image would never appear on NBC -- methinks it is some behind-the scenes romance; the top ham is the hapless Christiaham, center is Cyrhamo (ever faithful wing-ham), and at the bottom we see the lovely Roxham. Wonder how the story ends...?

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 08:04 PM

for a really good explanation of the word uvula go here: http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/store/add.php?iid=8322

as a Scottish-Ukrainian-Canadian i fully endorse the use of funny made up names, but i would like to clarify that McSquirmersons is actually Irish; the Scottish spelling would be MacSquirmersons. :P

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 08:15 PM

I don't care if it's 'shopped...


Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww <3

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 08:26 PM

Oh, COME ON, guys. Half the fun of the Olympics is making fun of names we can't pronounce. You think other countries aren't falling down laughing over OUR names that are unpronounceable to THEM?

And let's not forget the (cute) Robot Olympics from "Futurama": [Bender singing] "Hail, hail Robonia, a land I DIDN'T MAKE UP."

J. Bo
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 09:09 PM

I don't care if it's photoshopped either. LOL. It's pretty darn cute. :)

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 09:11 PM

Oof, Katherine was out-touched by the appropriately named Gail (the first one).

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 09:30 PM

CofeeCup and Elanor,

Maggie was joking, you can tell because she called making fun of names "unsavory."

I would have liked this more if it was more believable. Like if it was just one hamster hanging with the flower, I could have suspended disbelief and appreciated the cuteness without annoyance that the paws overlapped and the grass wasn't bending right. The PhotoShop Disasters website has spoiled me!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 09:55 PM

I love hammies! This photo is so cute. I'm kind of insulted that no-one uses silly / cute made-up Welsh names ;) How about Hamyth Hamphries or Fluffi Jones or something!

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 10:49 PM

As an Italian-American, I hereby approve of any and all Italian name jokes (especially in the name of diversity -- why should the Russians and Irish have all the fun?), a la the one about the Italian sports car, Ronzoni Downhill.

warrior rabbit
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 10:59 PM

While part of me says, yes, it could be rather un-PC and offensive to make up names, but it's really about how you choose to take it. Do I think that any offense is meant to Russian people, certainly not. And I agree with the comment that they probably think American names are weird, and probably ugly and dull sounding.

I don't care if it's photoshopped. It's still really stinking cute. I like.

 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 11:33 PM

A Tail Of Urequited Luff.

Patrick Fitz Michael and Michael Fitz Patrick attempt to deliver a love token to Tanya Arse the well know Russian Athlete and Vole strangler.
"Vot the hell is eet, wit da crappy flower" she was heard to utter. " Brink me a dooble Cheesburger unt fries, vis a side order of der T-bone steak, und mebee, vi can talk, my leetle melon ball".
A forlorn Patrick was later seen in Mo's bar, looking somewhat worse for wear...Sigh. As Maria Ouspenskya said "The path you vorked vos stony, through no fault of your own, and stuff like zat, kiddo"

Hon Glad
 |  Aug 21, 2008 at 11:47 PM

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