So, if you’re a reddit enthusiast, then you’re probably familiar with the Bearenstein/Bearenstain Bears alternate reality theory.  Two weeks ago, this theory broke the internet, and our nostalgia craving hearts, when a member of the rap group Run the Jewels (he really likes to smoke weed) went on a tweeting spree about the Bearenst#in Bears.  For any of you who are out of the loop (living under a rock), the children’s book series is officially called The Bearenstain Bears (and always has been), yet a large segment of the population remembers the spelling as “Bearenstein.”  The internet forums are buzzing with people saying that at some point in history the spelling changed via butterfly effect resulting in two divergent time streams.

Run them Jewels Fast

Run them Jewels Fast

 

Did we glimpse a parallel universe that still exists somewhere and confirms our suspicions that Bearenstein was at one point (or place) the correct spelling?  After all, how could we all be wrong???  How deep does the rabbit hole go? This is an epic conspiracy theory that cannot even be fact checked because facts are fluid and always changing in time. Wild!  This is some crazy Doctor Who-Time Lord Shit!  I believe it was all the work of the Doctor, his Tardis, and a sonic screwdriver.  Has a glitch in the Matrix occurred? Did a Delorean appear when we weren’t paying attention?  Did we do the time warp again?
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Personally, I am in the Bearenstein camp, as are my mother, boyfriend, and best friend.  This theory has been around for years.  I’m honestly surprised I didn’t hear about it sooner with my passion for crazy conspiracy theories.

Bearenstein 4 Lyfe

Bearenstein 4 Lyfe

 

Articles far and wide are claiming that there are various false memories throughout history, known as the Mandela Effect.  I looked into the Mandela Effect and the most informative website had so much traffic that it couldn’t be accessed.  Apparently, lots of people have false memories of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s.  And how about that “famous” painting of Henry VIII holding that turkey drumstick?  Yeah, about that, it doesn’t exist.

Proof???

Proof???

 

So, are we simply being nostalgic?  Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail News sums it up quite nicely: “Really this is a discussion of nostalgia: about childhood and its inaccessible perfection. People are miffed when they are told that their childhood...is not exactly as they remember.  They want to claim childhood as something different from reality, as a myth that should remain untouched, inaccessible.  It is a poetic impulse, really, not a philosophical one, and often expressed in art.  The past is a foreign country...they do things differently there.”

So what do you remember Bearenstein or Bearenstain?

Does the spelling really matter...the bears taught us so many life lessons.

Does the spelling really matter...the bears taught us so many life lessons.

So, what do you think?