Dispatches From the Moderate Left

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Picture of the Week

A post over at Brendan Nyhan's blog highlights the somewhat bizzare practice of US government departments' childrens mascots. I think this hyperactive bunch, the National Security Agency's CryptoKids, is my favourite:

Stanley Stat and Pie Chart Pam ("Agriculture and Maths Fun!"), from the US Department of Agriculture, have to be a close second.


  • Anyone else get the feeling Stanley Stat and Pie Chart Pam were drawn in MS Paint? Mmm, quality graphics

    By Blogger John Provis, at 1:46 PM  

  • Well, they're animated gifs which tells me that someone had a more advanced graphics program, but lacked the skills to avoid making it look like a paint-job :).

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 1:57 PM  

  • Ah yes, just noticed the blinking eyes animation... missed that before. Still, you'd think there should be someone in the entire US Department of Agriculture who could draw better than that..?

    By Blogger John Provis, at 5:41 PM  

  • I love this blog man! Don't always comment but I am watching....keep it up!

    By Blogger Doc2be, at 2:07 PM  

  • Thanks for the comment, I always wonder how many silent regulars I have :)

    By Blogger Jeremy, at 4:00 PM  

  • it's cause for worry whenever governments start to anthropomorphise (animorphise) policy. It always feels like a substitute for delivering.

    By Blogger John Lee, at 9:07 PM  

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