Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Olympic Ceremonies and Cultural Oddities

My Canadian friends, this image from the Vancouver Olympic closing ceremony of giant inflatable beavers renewed my faith in ability of spectacle organizers to make anything into an object of cultural adoration.

Photo stolen from the Redneck Mommy.

The beavers are only topped by my memory of the Sydney Olympics, where the Bananas in Pajamas, cuddly stars of a children's television program, had their own float circulating the stadium along with Savage Garden and Olivia Newton-John, if I recall correctly. It's truly fascinating to see where a nation's pride lies.

Photo: Getty images

Of course I didn't actually see the Vancouver closing ceremonies because we're so far behind in our TV watching that we didn't even get through the last hour of the opening ceremonies, but I have high hopes of making it through figure skating highlights someday.

And yes, I fully realize that I live in a country that boasts 500 Elvis impersonators cavorting around the football field during a SuperBowl halftime show as perfectly normal. We all have our oddities.


Anonymous said...

As a Canadian I strongly feel that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal. In fact, it graces the back of our nickel, we hold it in such high regard. ;)

I think that the real story with the beaver is that their pelts were used to make felt, and so at one point they were in high demand. The fur traders, who played a large role in the founding of our country and still loom large in Canadian mythology, of course sought beavers out with great fervour. Luckily, there are a lot of them, and they reproduce rapidly. They are rodents after all.

mayberry said...

Those giant beavers were awfully cute, for rodents.

Bob said...

Bananas in Pajamas is a bit difficult to understand. I missed that scene, glad you brought it up.

Asianmommy said...

How cute! & you're right--who are we to judge? :)