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The Berenstein Bears We All Know And Love…Well Sort Of

The Berenstein Bears, for those who may not know, was a cartoon family of bears that had their own tv show and their own series of books and toys. Many people grew up with the bears and read their books as kids. The series was created by Stan and Jan Berenstein. They were often found teaching family values and educational aspects of life for young children.

So What’s The Problem?

The problem is, they’re not “The Berenstein Bears”. They’ve never been “The Berenstein Bears”. You may remember them as “The Berenstein Bears” and most likely pronounce them as “The Berenstein Bears” but in all reality this is false. They are…The Berenstain Bears. Don’t believe me? Watch the original opening theme to the cartoon below.

Did You See That?

Did you notice the ending in the video above? The Berenstain Bears. Now you probably have mental images of the spelling on books that you read and times that you watched the cartoon playing through your head right now, and each mental image spells it “stein”. Ask anybody, and they remember it being Berenstein, not Berenstain. So when did it change? Why did it change? Questions started to arise once people noticed even Google was spellchecking Berenstein and all the articles wrote Berenstain Bears.

A hypothesis formed by a man named Reece stated, “Somehow, at some time in the last 10 years or so, reality has been tampered with and history has been retroactively changed. The Bears really were called the ‘BerenstEin Bears’ when we were growing up, but now reality has been altered such that the name of the bears has been changed post hoc.”

In simpler terms, Reece believes that the planet crossed into a parallel universe that showed at some point but showed such minuscule changes that people still have yet to realize. One change we have caught eye of, he believes, is the “BerenstAin Bears” change. Reece goes on to write,

“…we moved to the stAin hexadectant, while our counterparts moved to our hexadectant (stEin). They are standing around expressing their confusion about the ‘Berenstein Bears’ and how they all remember “Berenstain Bears” on the covers growing up.”

The Flaws In Reece’s Strange Theory

As with any hypothesis or theory, there are challenges and flaws. With Reece’s hypothesis, many people do recall the bears as being spelled with an ‘A’ rather than an ‘E’, including obviously, the Berenstain family. But what Reece comes back with is am algebraic equation that leads him to expand his theory that these individuals whom remember Berenstain are native to the Berenstain universe, and notice no difference at all. Some remember it as only ‘Berenstein’ and others have no idea.

In The End…

Everyone has their own theory, some involve time travel, some involve collision of two universes, and others just admit spelling it wrong. In Reece’s eyes, there is a slim chance that we all just misheard it and let our minds spell it “correctly” for us. But nonetheless, it is a fact that hundreds of thousands of people on this planet remember Berenstein. Even if you don’t believe in the theory, what becomes most important is that this is evidence many of us have such a small attention to detail.

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