originally posted by: SystemResistor
a reply to: thisguy27
I remember a different version of "Star Wars" - like there was a different "adults only" version....
originally posted by: Malynn
This is definitely the best thread on ATS since the Elvis threads lol
I stopped visiting and posting on ATS last spring because the negativity, rudeness, partisan hackery, and people like raymundoko were damaging my calm. Then yesterday, one of my former colleagues sent me a link to this thread with the corresponding comment:
"Ok don't judge me for being a member of this site...but I remember you talking about this at work last year and I HAD to share it with you."
I replied "omg fool I've been a member for four years longer than you! I just stopped going there because I couldn't take it anymore." But I came to check it out, and stayed for every single post on over 70 pages.
Anyway, here is my BerenstEin story. Yes, I'm Team Stein 4 Life.
I used to work at an educational software company and I spent a lot of time talking to teachers. A lot of the conversations had to do with books. Over a certain week by happenstance the conversations were about the bears. It rankled the heck out of me that they kept "misspelling" it! After one such conversation I logged-in to our quiz-store to look up the books and was absolutely knocked-over that they all said STAIN. So then I went to Google and Amazon and was losing it that they were all spelled differently. So then I began asking the co-workers who sat around me. They all remembered STAIN. The early-50's neighbor remembered Stain, the 24 year old cube-roomie remembered stain. The only one who remembered Stein like I did was the 23-year old guy who sat behind me. And he was rocking-back-and-forth over it just like I was. The reason it blew my mind so much I think was due to a specific conversation I had with my teacher about it as a child.
I read a lot of these in grade-school. I was also a very smart kid. Could read before I started school. Gifted & Talented program alumni. Spelling-bee champ. Had my nose in a book constantly. Its still my very favorite form of entertainment. All the kids in class pronounced it bear-in-steen, and my teacher was adamant it should be pronounced bear-in-steyn as in like beer stein. And it rankled her also that the narrator of the cartoon we watched in class pronounced it bear-in-steen as well. I remember her standing next to my desk and tracing the E and I at the END of the name with her finger on the cover as we talked about it. No matter how much it rankled her, no one would give up the bear-in-steen pronunciation.
So this very clear memory was freaking me out the day I discovered this at work. And it blew my mind and I thought about it for weeks. You all have no idea how relieved I am to discover this is a thing for more than just me and that one other guy at work. I want to hug all the Steiners through my monitor. Jump up and down and sing!
"Free at last! Thank you LAWD I found my people!" It's turning me into a southern baptist gospel singer. And I'm not a christian lol.
And for the "Science" of the thread poll:
No NDE that I'm aware of
STEIN for the love of god STEIN!
And I'm not as adamant about it as the bears but the fact that NZ is south-east of Australia weirds me out quite a bit. I was good at geography as well but, I'm not willing to throw down over that one like I am about the bears.