A Taco Bell mascot poses during a grand opening in 2015.
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Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

Because I follow Takeout contributor Jenny Pfafflin on Twitter, I was this week blessed to discover the existence of @mondomascots, an account dedicated to chronicling “the weird and wonderful world of Japanese mascots.” I proceeded to lose hours of my life down this rabbit hole.

Here’s Namejiro, a mushroom with ennui who is the star of Japan’s “Eat More Mushrooms” campaign:

Here’s a vaguely inappropriate apple:


Here’s a hybrid mouse-radish:


If my productivity has declined at all this week, now you know why.

PS: It’s a milestone birthday for my mom today, so happy birthday, Mom! She’s a faithful reader of The Takeout, so I know she’ll see this.