Which Universe Are You From? The Berenstein Bears Phenomenon

Which Universe Are You From?
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We live in the A Universe.
Previously, we lived in the E Universe.

Can you tell the difference? Take our Quiz below.

Very few people can tell the difference immediately, but many of us remember enough to make the change interesting. Some people refer to these vague memories as ‘glitches in the Matrix.’ Others call it The Mandela Effect, but today more are calling it The Hadron Effect.

The Mandela Effect was discovered in 2006 by author/researcher Fiona Broome, when she realized a large group of people had specific memories of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in 1980. Here in the A Universe, Mandela died in 2013, long after being released from prison, after even being elected President of South Africa.

The discovery of our ‘A’ Universe occurred upon the realization that we were previously living in a parallel ‘E’ Universe when many people noticed the changed spelling of renowned children’s books The Berenstain Bears. (The Berenstein Bears existed in Universe E) They call it the Berenstain Bears Conspiracy.

Leading research website Wikipedia, as of this writing, refuses to acknowledge that The Hadron Effect, The Mandela Effect or Berenstein Bears Conspiracy have ever happened.

The Berenstain Event was mistaken as The Butterfly Effect or possibly Time Travel in 2011:
“At some point between the years 1986 and 2011, someone traveled back in time and inadvertently altered the timeline of human history so that the Berenstein Bears somehow became the Berenstain Bears. This is why everyone remembers the name incorrectly; it was Berenstein when we were kids, but at some point when we weren’t paying attention, someone went back in time and rippled our life experience ever so slightly.”

In 2012, there was a Parallel Universe Theory, presented by Reece. OR maybe it was a higher part of the collective consciousness.

In reality, the evidence of the change in Berenstein/Berenstain A/E Universe probably occurred in the late summer/ early fall of 2006, about the time that Pluto was downgraded to a ‘dwarf planet’ and the Tevatron Fermilab particle accelerator (the Large Hadron precursor) was doing heavy experimentation.

Other notable differences:

  • We have a dilemna. Or is it dilemma?
  • Kale did not exist in the E Universe.
  • Time seems to move much faster in our universe.
  • The E Universe has a second R in ‘Sherbet.’
  • We have Norwhals. EU had Gopthems.
  • There was no Krampus Christmas demon in Universe E.
  • In our A Universe, Men’s Wearhouse is the men’s clothier. UE has/had Men’s Warehouse.
  • The E Universe had the famous snack Cracker Jacks, we have Cracker Jack.
  • In the A Universe, chartreuse is red, not yellow. Vermillion is red, not green. Amber is yellow, not red.
  • In the E Universe, South America was closer to a straight line with the United States’ west coast. In our A Universe it is about a thousand miles closer to Africa.

The most disturbing thing, as that it may have happened before, according to these variations on 30s film and vaudeville stars Laurel & Hardy’s catchphrase:
“That’s another FINE mess you’ve gotten us into”
“That’s another NICE mess you’ve gotten ME into
“HERE’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”

You can explore the phenomenon yourself!
Choose which answer sounds more familiar or correct to you (no looking for answers!)
The number you remember is your ‘E Universe Quotient’ – the closer your score is to 100, the greater your affinity for the old E Universe.

(after you click ‘results’, scroll back here to see your results!)

Welcome to Universe A or E Quiz

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1) When did the American colonists declare independence from England?

2) Was Pepsi the Choice for the ‘new’ or ‘next’ generation?

3) Have you ever read...

4) What does the Swiss Flag Look Like?

5) Was Albert Einstein directly involved in the development of the Atom Bomb and the Manhattan Project?

6) Where would you find a chicken sandwich?

7) Do you recall Dorothy wearing the red slippers at the end on the Film 'The Wizard of Oz,' telling her (and you) that it wasn't just a dream?

8) What does The Bible say about the lamb?

9) In what year was Mariah Carey born?

10) Did Anne Rice write Interview with A Vampire or Interview with The Vampire?

11) How does a spoon full of sugar help the medicine go down?

12) Do you recall seeing the Henry VIII Painting, with a Turkey Leg in his hand?

13) Who did famous model Iman marry?

14) What is the brand of Peanut Butter you recall?

15) Was the fictional character Doctor Dolittle or Doctor Doolittle?

16) Where did Fortune Cookies originally come from?

17) Did Niccolò Machiavelli say?

18) Which is the quote Shakespeare’s Macbeth: "Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble" or "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble"?

19) How tall was Napoléon Bonaparte?

20) Who tells you that 'Only YOU can prevent Forest Fires"?


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Don’t take our word for it, look up the correct answer for the A Universe on Google!

“In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper, why don’t we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason.”

“ Worse, in The Pianist by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is… no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason.”

“And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can’t we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages…”
– Lieutenant Chad, in Rubber

Which Universe Are You From? The Berenstein Bears Phenomenon was contributed by a Myth

Why Do We Drop A Ball To Celebrate New Year’s Eve?

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(PCM) All across the world folks will be celebrating the New Year with various customs and traditions, however one of the most well-known and well-preserved traditions takes place in heart of Times Square in New York City with the dropping of the now 11,875 pound ball adorned with over 2,500 Waterford Crystals and 32,000 LED lights. Over 1 billion tune in to watch the famous ball drop at midnight to ring in the New Year, but when did the tradition of dropping a ball on New Year’s Eve begin?

History tells us that dropping a ball was a way to tell time. Time balls, like the one we see on New Year’s Eve, were invented in the early 1800’s as a way for sailors to keep track of the exact time of day. The trend caught on and many individuals other than sailors began using time balls to set their clocks.

The tradition of dropping the time ball on New Years Eve in New York began back in 1907 when the very first New Year’s Eve Ball was lowered down a flagpole that was situated on top of the building that housed the New York Times newspaper. The original ball weighed about 700 pounds was crafted out of iron and wood and adorned with only about 100 lights.

Funny enough the original plan was to set off fireworks, as the New Year’s Eve Ball was a back-up plan, however the city officials would not issue a permit for the fireworks display and hence the tradition of the New Year’s Eve ball drop was born. Over the years the New Years Eve Ball has undergone some major renovations and it was eventually moved to it’s now permanent home atop the One Times Square building in the city.

Each and ever year the ball begins it’s 141 foot decent down the pole at exactly 11:59pm and once the drop occurs at exactly midnight the New Year has arrived! Other cities in the country have alternatives to dropping at ball at midnight, however the concept still remains the same. In Wisconsin the drop a light adorned metal cheese wedge, in Memphis it’s a guitar, and in New Mexico there is a brightly lit chili pepper just to name a few!

Happy New Year everyone … enjoy!

 

 

Why Do We Drop A Ball To Celebrate New Year’s Eve? was contributed by a Myth

December 21, 1872: Phileas Fogg wins his bet

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Could He Travel Around the World in 80 Days?

If Phileas Fogg won this same bet today, the converted value of his wager would be $4.4 million

In 1872, after completion of the Suez Canal, the transcontinental railroad in the United States, and the Great Indian Peninsular railway, the journey around the world was reduced time wise. What had once taken several years could now be done in a few months. This inspired Jules Verne to write his novel Around the World in Eighty Days. It was not science fiction, since said journey could actually be accomplished in Verne’s time.

On October 2, 1872, at 8:45 PM, Fogg left London. He traveled by rail and steamboats from London to Suez via Mont Cenis and Brindisi, from Suez to Bombay, from Bombay to Calcutta, from Calcutta to Hong Kong, from Hong Kong to Yokohama, from Yokohama to San Francisco, from San Francisco to New York, and from New York back to London. He arrived in London at 8:50 PM, thinking he had lost the bet, but he didn’t know that he could still win.

Although Phileas Fogg kept a detailed account of his journey, he did not take into account the time zones. Since he traveled eastward, thus toward the sun, he gained an entire day by crossing the International Date. He arrived in London on what he thought was December 21, but was actually December 20. He could still win on his bet.

Phileas Fogg did win his bet. He arrived back at the Reform Club on Saturday, December 21 at 8:45 PM. He won the £20,000 that he bet to his fellow Reform Club members on October 2.

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What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

What Was Wrong With Rudolph’s Dolly For Sue?

(PCM) The original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story was written as a giveaway for the Montgomery Ward department stores by Robert L. May in 1939. In 1949, May’s story was made into a song by Johnny Marks, who also wrote ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Holly Jolly Christmas.’ Johnny also wrote Chuck Berry’s sequel hit ‘Run Rudolph Run.’

1964’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running holiday special in the world (How the Grinch Stole Christmas came out in 1969, and the Peanuts Special for ran on Thanksgiving night, 1965). There have been several changes to the broadcast version over the year. Did Yukon Cornelious really fire off his guns in that Christmas special? Did he ever find that Peppermint mine? The answer is yes, depending on which edited version you’ve seen.

She started out as a “Dolly for Sue,” and ended up as one of the great mysteries of Christmas in the late 20th century. Her first appearance in 1964’s ‘Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer’ lasted only a few seconds as a tertiary character on the Island of Misfit Toys, ruled by good King Moonracer, a flying lion.

Some of the misfit characters included a polka-dotted elephant, a Charlie-in-a-box, a cowboy who rides an ostrich, a grape-jelly gun, a plane that doesn’t fly… you get the point.

‘Useless toys’ in the traditional sense, but definitely fitting the ‘misfit’ label.

In the 1965 (and all future airings), the Misfit Toys had a bigger role; in the original airing, the Island of Misfit Toys were simply forgotten. The network got questions, even complaints, as children wondered what happened to these poor, unwanted toys. With the additional time to complete their part of the story, the toys were given more “on-air” time. That air-time was added by having Santa save some time himself by delivering gifts by parachute instead of sneaking into people’s homes.

That extra attention has made many people ask what made that little doll such a misfit. I am reasonably confident that I have finally found the answer.
The original Misfit Toys were all for boys (this was 1964!). With the fleeting scene during the first airing, my theory is that they needed a ‘girl toy,’ so the “Doll for Sue” was created.

In 2007, on NPR’s “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” Rudolph producer Arthur Rankin Jr., said that Dolly’s problem was psychological, and was caused from being abandoned by her mistress (Sue?) and suffering depression from feeling unloved. Backing that up, when sold at CVS in 1998, her tag said ”I’m a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend.”

Many people accepted that answer, but putting 21st century psycho-babble into a stop-motion animatron created for a few seconds of air-time on a children’s television special from nearly fifty years ago just doesn’t make sense.

The reality: She was a last-minute add-on misfit toy so the young girls watching had a toy they could relate to.

What made her a misfit toy?

It’s as plain as the nose on your face. More precisely, it’s the nose missing from her face.

Mystery solved.

People often ask, why is Hermie often referred to as ‘Herbie’ in the film, and why does Santa take off at the end with 7 reindeer, counting Rudolph, instead of the full nine mentioned in the song?

I think these people have too much time on their hands.

Just enjoy the special!

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Thanksgiving History and Trivia

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  • The first Thanksgiving in North America was on September 8, 1565 in St. Augustine, Florida. Some say it was 1578, when an explorer Martin Frobisher held a Thanksgiving celebration for surviving his journey from England. The English settlers celebrated Thanksgiving on December 4, 1619, near Jamestown Virginia. The Pilgrims celebrated their first harvest in 1621, but they did not hold a true Thanksgiving until 1623.
  • The trip to Plymouth Rock took 66 days, with 105 passengers (2 died on the way), and a crew of an estimated 25-30. William Bradford wrote everything we know about the trip.
  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land, and were invited to the 3-day Thanksgiving meal/feast.
  • The Pilgrims did not celebrate Easter or Christmas, as they believed they were based on Pagan celebrations.
  • The Mayflower, the Pilgrims’ ship, is also called ‘Epigaea repens’.
  • A second ship called the Mayflower made a voyage from London to Plymouth Colony in 1629 carrying thirty-five passengers; the original was likely scrapped after its trip home.
  • Benjamin Franklin argued that the Turkey should be our National Bird.
  • Writer Sarah Josepha Hale pushed Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday. She said “Thanksgiving, like the Fourth of July, should be considered a national festival and observed by all our people.” She is best known for writing “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”
  • The traditional cornucopia is a traditional harvest festival symbol, and was originally a curved goat’s horn filled to brim with fruits and grains.
  • Turkeys are Native To North America
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Male Turkeys are called Toms, female turkeys are called Hens and baby turkeys are called Poults.
  • In the United States, 32 counties, places and townships are named Plymouth.
  • Minnesota is the top turkey producing state.
  • Illinois, California, Pennsylvania and New York are the major pumpkin growing states. North Carolina gets credit for sweet potatoes.
  • Cranberries are primarily grown in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington. Cranberries weren’t even present at the first Thanksgiving.
  • There were no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, or even corn on the cob at the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season. Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, making Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Sleepy after eating on T-Day? Some blame Tryptophan, because it sets off a chemical chain reaction that calms you down and makes you sleepy.
  • NBC Radio broadcast the first national Thanksgiving Day football game in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada. Canadians sometimes call the American Thanksgiving as “Yanksgiving.”
  • Black Friday is the busiest day for shopping… AND Plumbers!

Thanksgiving Turkey Tip:
A turkey should never be carved until it has been out of the oven at least 30 minutes. This permits the inner cooking to subside and the internal meat juices to stop running.
Once the meat sets, it’s easier to carve clean, neat slices.
Spread this wonderful bit of knowledge, right before, or right after, Dad carves up the bird!

Thanksgiving History and Trivia was contributed by a Myth

Today We Learned Winnie The Pooh Is Actually A Girl

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(PCM) Yet another one of those great childhood mysteries has been solved with the revelation that the lovable, pantless, honey addict cartoon character Winnie The Pooh is a girl. We can’t say that we’ve truly spent a great deal of time debating Winnie The Pooh’s sexuality, however for some reason we were always under the assumption that she was actually a he, or perhaps even asexual for that matter. This takes us right back to the time that they tried to tell us Hello Kitty wasn’t really a cat!!

A new book titled “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” has made the claim that our beloved Winnie The Pooh is actually not British, she is Canadian and the character is based off of a real-life female black bear cub purchased by a Canadian vet from a trapper back in 1914. The vet named the bear Winnie after his native region of Winnipeg. He then brought the bear back with him to England where she served as the mascot for his practice.

As Winnie continued to grow, the vet eventually made the decision to turn her over to the London Zoo where she was often visited by a young boy named Christopher Robin. The boy’s father turned out to be none other than A.A. Milne who ended up authoring the Winnie The Pooh book series. Now whether or not for creativity or artistic purposes A.A. Milne decided to turn Winnie The Pooh into a male is up for debate, but the original bear was most definitely female.

What do you think? Does it even matter if Winnie The Pooh is male or female?

 

 

 

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