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View Poll Results: Which way do you remember it?
Berenstein Bears 143 77.30%
Berenstain Bears 26 14.05%
I Don't Remember 16 8.65%
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:39 AM   #26
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Re: The Great Berenst#in Bears Debate

Over the last couple of months I taught a Summer school program for refugee kids (mostly Somali with a few Burmese) in Portland. There was one second grader Somali girl who although you'd absolutely never guess it based on everything else about her (even compared with the other kids) could read almost flawlessly. One day during reading time she picked out a Berenstein Bears book to read to me and she pronounced it Bear-en-stane and in the midst of wondering if I should bother correcting her I discovered the truth.
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Old 08-14-2015, 05:48 AM   #27
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Isn't stein supposed to be pronounced Stine? I thought you always sounded the second vowel in German looking words
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:23 AM   #28
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Isn't stein supposed to be pronounced Stine? I thought you always sounded the second vowel in German looking words

Einstein (stine) Goldstein (steen)
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:35 AM   #29
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It's a dilemna.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:46 AM   #30
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I have a photographic memory. It's not to the degree of the guy who can draw the entire city from memory, but it is photographic to some degree. The Memory Explanation doesn't even phase me, I am positive of what I remember.

100% lock **** you I don't even really believe these pictures aren't photoshopped. i am one thousand percent sure i'd bet my life that it was (in the paralell universe or whatever) actually STEIN. i was an avid reader as a child and read these books plenty of times. i'm not sure if alternate reality or what is the cause of it, but i KNOW its stein. I am sure.

The Pronunciation Explanation doesn't even make sense, because I read the books to myself only, not aloud, simply in my head. I lived a sheltered childhood and never was exposed to television. I always pronounced it berenstein. (STEEN). If I had all those years read the word berenstain in my head, I would never pronounce and remember it as STEEN, it would be STAYN.

This has to be a sick joke. There's no way, absolutely no way, it was not stein.

1984 is coming true? We were always at war with eastasia?

Spooky, never trust anything but your own senses, people. My senses don't lie and my gut says something is way the **** off about this.
I bet the opposite way, I remember it specifically being -stain. I have books that say -stain, I have a picture of me as a child holding up a book spelled -stain, and I remember it being -stain.

The books say -stain so basically the only way this is real is if a parallel universe exists and somehow the books can changed from stain to stein which is pretty lol (I suppose it's not completely impossible, but the chances are so remote it's not worth bothering with)

Occam's says it's always been -stain, we all read these books as a child and it would be very easy to mistake it for -stein when that's a common end of a name. I'm sure if someone wrote their name as Harvey Weinstain for example most people would just gloss over it and see Weinstein because our brains are trained to do that.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:57 AM   #31
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I am firmly all aboard the parallel universe train. I definitively remember Stein.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:09 AM   #32
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I remember it as Berenstain, but looking around the Mandela effect website I do have a vivid recollection of the painting of Henry the eighth holding a drumstick. Apparently that painting doesn't exist?
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:17 AM   #33
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i don't remember
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Old 08-14-2015, 09:13 AM   #34
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The human memory is very flawed. So is human reasoning, apparently, if people jump on board to believe a ridiculous parallel universe argument rather than accept they can't remember how a child's book was spelled that they read 20+ years ago.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:15 AM   #35
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Or maybe human memory is perfect and every time we're wrong it's just cos we've jumped to a parallel universe.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:26 AM   #36
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The human memory is very flawed. So is human reasoning, apparently, if people jump on board to believe a ridiculous parallel universe argument rather than accept they can't remember how a child's book was spelled that they read 20+ years ago.
who are you saying is refusing to accept they cant remember, the E or A groups?
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:29 AM   #37
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The first time I picked up one of their books, I remember thinking to myself, "That's a weird spelling. I would have thought Berenstein would be a much more common / expected spelling." It was the unusual spelling that made it memorable for me. Had it been spelled Berenstein, I never would have thought twice about it. There are a lot of unobservant people in this thread that are willing to believe arcane science fiction theories rather than accept their own cluelessness.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:41 AM   #38
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Maybe the first time you picked up one of their books was already after the alternate universe split had occurred.
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Old 08-14-2015, 10:56 AM   #39
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The first time I picked up one of their books, I remember thinking to myself, "That's a weird spelling. I would have thought Berenstein would be a much more common / expected spelling." It was the unusual spelling that made it memorable for me. Had it been spelled Berenstein, I never would have thought twice about it. There are a lot of unobservant people in this thread that are willing to believe arcane science fiction theories rather than accept their own cluelessness.
Or most of us read the books as kids and didn't really give two thoughts about if the spelling was waird or not.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:06 AM   #40
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who are you saying is refusing to accept they cant remember, the E or A groups?

Well, one group has the benefit of the books being spelled with the A. The other is arguing there's a parallel universe, so the proof kind of lies with the more ridiculous explanation.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:20 AM   #41
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Or most of us read the books as kids and didn't really give two thoughts about if the spelling was waird or not.
Why would anyone who never gave two thoughts about something insist, against all evidence, that it's completely impossible for them to have been mistaken?
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:40 AM   #42
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I thought E for sure. Asked my mom, she said E too.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:49 AM   #43
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I’m pretty much with mullen in post #30.

The first few times I saw the word I pronounced it in my head as Berensteen. After I looked at it more closely I thought it should be pronounced Berenstain. So my vote is for “A”.

After reading this thread I’m still not sure how it should be pronounced.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:00 PM   #44
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http://woodbetweenworlds.blogspot.co...living-in.html

Blog post advocating Stein/Stain parallel universe theory.

Michael "Berenstain" replies in the comments.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:08 PM   #45
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it's definitely E. everyone who says A is just really good at photoshop
This.

Had a stack of them when I was a kid.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:08 PM   #46
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While I'd heard the name in passing, I had to Google them to find out why I'd never read one of their books. The first one came out in 1962 and I was a haughty junior high school kid then, so there you go.

I long for the innocent days of Dick and Jane, we didn't have these issues then.
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:03 PM   #47
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Rick and Jane you mean right?

So odd, been reading these to my kids for the past few years and couple have sworn it was spelt with an E. They watch the TV show too and it's pronounced 'stein' in the song...
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:42 PM   #48
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Well, one group has the benefit of the books being spelled with the A. The other is arguing there's a parallel universe, so the proof kind of lies with the more ridiculous explanation.
Obviously your parents photoshopped the picture of you as a child holding an A book.

Or you're a witch.

Or the government just installed chips in all the A people

Or those of us E people are free from the matrix

Or the inverse of any of those
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Old 08-14-2015, 01:51 PM   #49
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I remember it having an "e". But then again, time is a flat circle, all our memories happen within a locked room, so it could have been an "a" when you consider fourth dimension possibilities.

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One with a light, one with a stick, one with a rope, AND ALL WITH THE SHIVERS.
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