I had a really great weekend and I’m definitely going to blog about it, but in the meantime…
On Sunday evening I was browsing Reddit on my phone before bed, and I was going through /r/glitch_in_the_matrix, when I found a post about the Berenstein Bears. You know, everyone’s favourite bear family. The post was about how The Berenstein Bears is and has always been spelled the Berenstain Bears. BerenSTAIN.
How is this possible? I had pretty much the entire collection of these books, I had the TV series on videocassette… I read them to my baby brother over and over again, and we watched the series over and over. In The Dark is like one of my favourite books of all time!
And I have always read it as BerenSTEIN. How can it be BerenSTAIN and I never noticed this? It looks so odd now. I can’t stop staring at that name.
Mind = blown.
I feel like my whole childhood was a lie. It’s crazy that I have just always read it wrong. And I’m not alone. In my googling I discovered that EVERYONE seems to have read the name wrong. This guy has a very detailed explanation of how reality was altered and some time after 1992 we switched over to a parallel universe where Berenstein is spelled Berenstain.
These books play such a huge role in the collective memories of so many people, all of whom clearly and distinctly remember “BerenstEin”, that I am not the first to propose the notion that 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.
Quote is from this blog post. I’m not saying that I believe that, but I did think it was interesting. And it may have made me laugh.
So how do you guys remember it being spelled? Berenstein or Berenstain? And if you know it is Berenstain, did you always know it was spelled that way or did you discover it after you were an adult?