I came to this thread with no idea what to expect, and I must say...this whole thing has my gears turning!
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originally posted by: Nola213
I'm from the "Stein" universe, the OT (original timeline). I have 2 old 1st edition books from '68 where it's spelled "Berenstein Bears".
The "Stainer's" in this thread are either selling disinformation, as the "change" was anti-semetic; or more likely you need to go back to your
own universe or timeline.
Stein 4 ever!
This rabbit hole is way deeper than you think. It has to do with person(s) not connected to the original works trying to get the name changed so they
can collect money off book sales, and other royalties. LOL "Stain" *rolls eyes*
Also Mandela has been reported dead no less than 3 times.
I read a few pages beyond but so far only one poster has even asked for pictures of these alleged 1st Edition copies with the -stein spelling...I'm
hoping this person posted some pictures because the tone of the post was slightly condescending, IMO.
I also remember the name being pronounced
Berenstein (sounding like Bearensteen). Even as someone who was far beyond my age group in reading
comprehension and attention to detail, I cannot recall the actual spelling, only the way it was said to me. I have a very visual based memory. I can
recall all kinds of things from "before I should remember", like recognizing family members who I had only interacted with a few times at very young
ages (say 1-5 years old), I remember specific markings that family friends' animals had (again, around the 1-5 year old range), even things like the
patterns on my grandparents' (and great grand parents') furniture. But I cannot, for the life of me, recall the spelling of this damn name! I had
all the books, some older originals handed down to me, some were newer prints, and I read them often. For an idea of how much I read as a very young
kid, I had Dr. Seuss' Fox in Socks memorized
before I started kindergarten. Dr. Seuss, Disney, and The Berenst_in Bears were the
staples of my collection.
A few months ago I saw the listing in the TV Guide for "Berenstain Bears" and I will admit I felt a slight confusion, simply because to me there was
no way "Berenstain" could have been pronounced "Bearensteen" (Berenstein). I was also a smart ass little kid, and I feel like my friends and I
would have joked to no end about the "stain" part...but as a few posters have mentioned, the memory is a crazy thing.
My personal story to shed light on how fragile the human brain/mind really is when it comes to perceiving reality:
Approximately 10 years ago my mother, at the age of 41, suffered two major strokes. They were both caused by the artery on the right side of her neck
being 99% "clogged". She is now almost completely paralyzed on her left side, she can walk very slowly (and clumsily) with a cane, and as you can
imagine her cognitive abilities have been drastically reduced.
When she was initially in ICU, she was essentially in a coma for a few days. When she came out of it, she was a mess. Not only was she tasked with
learning to speak again, she had to learn how to "decode" the inputs from her sensory organs...eyes, nose, ears, etc. There were times she didn't
remember me or my siblings, or she thought we were someone else...things to be expected with severe brain damage.
The strange part was when she would ask things like "Who let this little boy in here, and why is he running around my room screaming? This is a damn
hospital!" when there were clearly no children (even teenagers) around. Another that sticks out in my mind was when she was sure that her friends
were in her room, drinking beer, and leaving the cans on top of the medical equipment. She went as far as to point them out to us and the staff. There
was never any beer. She still "remembers" the cans, she still "remembers" the little boy being wild and crazy in her room, she still "remembers"
her deceased mother comforting her, she still "remembers" all kinds of things that no one around her experienced while in the same room at the same
Not sure if I hit my point or not, my train of thought gets all twisted when I start to get passionate about something. What I'm trying to say is
that our reality is dictated not only by how our sensory organs interact
with the world around us, but also by how our under-used human brains
I hope to chime in with something more substantial after reading the rest of this thread.
To the -steins
To the -stains
Divide and Conquer