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London Olympics 2012 Dates | When to Watch the Olympics

July 18, 2012

Did you know: the London Olympics logo, that god-awful design that caused a magnificent storm of controversy for being impossibly ugly, actually cost 400,000 pounds? That's right. Great Britain paid Wolff Olins, the company most notable for designing the (RED) campaign, four hundred thousand pounds for this design.

This picture has caused quite a bit of controversy, ranging from Israeli complaints that the word "Zion" is hidden in the logo (and really, who could blame them? It could say literally anything), to representing Lisa Simpson performing fellatio on Bart, to a tendency to promote epilepsy. It's like they actually set out to offend every possible genre and nationality, and by god, they succeeded.

But we're digressing. Here's all the information about the London Olympics that you'll need. Just spare us a or a Facebook "Like", and then scroll on down.

London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony Dates and Time

The London Olympics will start on Friday, July 27th, at 9:00 PM in London. This translates to a starting time of 5:00 PM EST in New York City, so be sure to tune in early! The Opening Ceremony in London, in stark contrast to Beijing's absolutely massive and human-oriented Olympics, will focus on creating a pastoral theme reminiscent of Britain's countrysides. Faux clouds will roll in and pour rain upon the land, 70 sheep will be introduced, and will have meadows, fields, and rivers.

London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony Dates and Time

The Closing Ceremonies will occur on Sunday, August 12, at 7:30 PM in London. This will translate to a starting time of 2:30 PM, which is smack-dab in the middle of my afternoon siesta. But I'll survive. This closing ceremony will involve the handover of the Olympics to the next host city, Rio in Brazil. The winner of the men's marathon is also traditionally crowned at this point, and all the Olympic athletes from around the world will walk together, without separation by nationality as a sign of unity.

London Olympics 2012 Events Schedule

The schedule for all events during the London 2012 Olympics is available below. It gives the days that each sport will conduct their competitions, as well as the awarding of the medals. If you're not content with this one, you can also check out the official schedule on the London Olympics 2012 page, but we can assure you it's not as cool as ours.

Official London Olympics Schedule 2012