Read This: Was The Simpsons’ Poochie inspired by a failed Olympic mascot? (The A.V. Club)

One of the most infamous characters in Simpsons history might be partially inspired by one of the most infamous mascots in Olympics history. At least that’s a theory espoused in the article “Joke Origins: Poochie, The Whatizit?, And The ’96 Olympics” posted on fan blog Flim Springfield.