Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his children as if they were from Father Christmas. They started off as simple Happy Christmas letters but grew more complex including a polar bear sidekick, the man on the moon, goblins, snow-elves, pictures, and he even developed an Arktik language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1252, Henry III was given a magnificent white bear, presumably a polar bear, by the King of Norway. The bear lived in the Tower of London and was allowed to swim and hunt for fish in the River Thames. historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
The National Park Service has officially advised against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack, β€˜even if the friendship has run its course’ theguardian.com/environme…
Legendary football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant earned his nickname by agreeing to wrestle a bear for $1 at a carnival when he was 13 years old. The bear bit his ear, and the carnival never paid him $1. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
Bambi was used for fire prevention programs. However, could not be used indefinitely because it was loaned from Walt Disney Studios for only a year. The Forest Service needed to find an animal that would belong to them. The Forest Service decided that the fire prevention symbol would be a bear. sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Fo…
As a child, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee as an alternative to a teddy bear. Goodall has said her fondness for this figure started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
In 1985 two bodies were discovered in a barrel in Bear Brook National Park, New Hampshire. 300 feet away was a second barrel containing two more bodies from the same murder, but it was not discovered until 15 years later in 2000. All four bodies remained unidentifiable until 2019. wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_B…
The reason why the snowman is abominable, is because of a mistranslation by a journalist. The local name for the creature was "metoh-kangmi" which translates to "man-bear snow-man", but the metoh part was mistranslated as filthy which got later changed to abominable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yet…
A 1,500 lb grizzly bear named Bart gave such a moving performance in the 1987 film "The Bear " that a campaign formed to encourage his Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, the academy refused to nominate an animal actor. telegraph.co.uk/films/0/m…
Spartan Wife-sharing. In accordance with the Spartan belief that breeding should be between the most physically fit parents, many older men allowed younger, more fit men, to impregnate their wives. Other unmarried or childless men might even request another man's wife to bear his children. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Brian Blessed once punched a polar bear in the face. On an expedition to the magnetic North Pole, a polar bear tore into his tent and stuck it's head in. Not wanting anyone to shoot it, he bellowed in the bear's face and punched it on the nose, causing it to flee. This saved the bear's life. youtube.com/watch?v=izTyF…
Today I learned of Erin Bolster, a woman who saved the life of a boy and his horse by charging at a grizzly bear head on. She’d been out riding when she spotted the bear chasing the pair. So, she charged at it three times and drove it away. Her horse was a leased one. After the incident, she bought him. spokesman.com/stories/201…
In 2013, Bill Ayotte, then 69, battled a polar bear that was savagely mauling a woman in Manitoba, Canada. thestar.com/news/insight/…
The name β€œOpie”, made popular by Ron Howard’s character in β€œThe Andy Griffith Show” (1960-1968) is derived from the Viking name β€œAsbjorn” meaning β€œGod bear”. metv.com/stories/ever-won…
While bulking up on raw salmon, grizzly bears often become infected by tapeworms and expel them before hibernation, causing them to walk around with very long β€œtapeworms tails” coming out of their butts. microbiologynutsandbolts.…
In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…
Actor Sam Elliott -- known for his full mustache, and deep, resonant voice -- voices Smokey the Bear in the iconic character's public service announcements, and that the two share the same birthday: Smokey was first introduced on August 9, 1944, the same day Elliott was born. npr.org/2014/08/08/338776…
Today I learned of "Lost Dakota"- a small portion of the Dakota Territory that was not given to any state in the late 19th century and was subsequently forgotten for five years. It was later annexed by Montana and is uninhabited to this day, although it is reportedly "infested with grizzly bears". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
During his tenure, Theodore Roosevelt had a lion, a coyote, a hyena, a black bear and a zebra living on White House grounds at various times. Also, he shot 11397 creatures, including endangered animals. He also hired people, to find remains of a Mammoth, which he was successful in procuring. theguardian.com/books/202…
Timothy Treadwell lost the role of Woody in 'Cheers' years before he was eaten by a bear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Soviet spacecrafts carried onboard shotguns. If the crew missed their landing zones, the shotgun would be used to fend off bears and other predators. businessinsider.com/sovie…
There have been documented cases of human children being raised by various animals, including Monkeys, wolves, dogs, bears, sheep, goats, cattle and ostriches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fer…
West Virginia University's Mountaineer mascot carries a rifle during games and other events and was once reprimanded for using it to kill a black bear. cbsnews.com/news/west-vir…
Most polar bears are twins. And while they are the largest land carnivore, newborn cubs are only about 10 inches (25 cm) long, and weigh about 2.2 pounds (1kg). They grow rapidly because the mother's milk is 31% fat. oceana.ca/en/blog/ten-fas…
Pandas are, in fact, true bears. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Today I learned about Beltane, aka "the other Halloween." It incorporates traditions from the Gaelic Bealtaine, such as the bonfire, but it bears more relation to the Germanic May Day festival, both in its significance (focusing on fertility) and its rituals (such as May pole dancing). al.com/strange-alabama/20…
Today I learned about Puijila, the walking seal fossil, seals and sea lions are closely related to bears, otters, weasels, skunks and badgers. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Bear cubs don't hibernate/torpor at all thesmokies.com/do-black-b…
A large lunar rock nicknamed Big Bertha, found by Apollo 14 astronauts, is likely a terrestial meteorite. It bears remarkable similarity to zircon found on Earth and dissimilarity to other lunar samples. It is also the third largest lunar rock sample retrieved, measuring at 8.998 kilograms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
Some zoos feed female polar bears glitter to differentiate which bear produced a particular poo when collecting waste from the habitat for analysis. wlwt.com/article/cincinna…
Today I learned about Sheela Na Gigs, carvings of women displaying their vaginas to ward off evil, stemming from the belief that the Devil cannot bear the sight of a woman's genitals britannica.com/art/Sheela…
Berserker translates to "bear shirt". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Before the California grizzly bear was hunted to extinction in 1922, the largest of its kind found was in Valley Center, CA (near San Diego) and weighed 2,200 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
In Svalbard, by law, you must carry a gun when traveling outside of the settlements because of the archipelago’s abundant polar bear population. lifeinnorway.net/svalbard…
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates. pbs.org/wnet/nature/arcti…
Polar bears often hunt walruses by simply charging at a group of them and eating the ones that were crushed or wounded in the mass panic to escape. Direct attacks are rare. blog.poseidonexpeditions.…
The Teddy Bear was invented in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt. nps.gov/thrb/learn/histor…
What bears really want to eat is baby bees, not honey. (even though they eat honey too) bear.org/what-do-bears-li…
A disgruntled game dev student made a hilariously terrible animation of a dancing bear as a protest that he learned nothing from an animation class, by only utilizing techniques taught in the class. It became a meme after a friend uploaded it to youtube; he also got an A waxy.org/2008/01/colins_b…
Prior to founding the Chicago Bears, George Halas played outfield for the New York Yankees calltothepen.com/2017/02/…
An unusual friendship between a Female Grey Wolf and a Male Brown Bear was spotted every night for 10 days straight, spending several hours together between 8pm to 4am. They would even share food together. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
A polar bear’s fur isn’t white, but it’s transparent loc.gov/everyday-mysterie…
Dewey the killer bear in the movie Semi-Pro (2008) starring Will Ferrell ended up earning that nickname 7 months after the theatrical release of the movie when he attacked this man during a unrelated promotional video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A bear in a state park got into campers’ coolers and used claws & teeth to puncture beer cans; Fish & Wildlife Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear tried a can of Busch, ignored the rest, then drank about 36 Rainier beers. They caught it a live trap baited with donuts, honey, open cans of Rainier. nbcnews.com/id/5756809/ns…
Koala Bear fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. A forensic scientist suggested that koala bears were unlikely to be at the scenes of crimes, but police should be aware of the possibility. ripleys.com/weird-news/ko…
The hotel where Jeremy Clarkson assaulted Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon now bears a plaque commemorating the event. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Proto-Germanic tribes created the word "bear" out of fear that using its true name, "arkto" would cause it to appear. This is considered by some to be the oldest known euphemism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
As a child, as an alternative to a teddy bear, Jane Goodall's father gave her a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee - which started her early love of animals. Today, Jubilee still sits on Goodall's dresser in London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Today I learned about the manchineel tree. The tree has milky-white sap which contains numerous toxins and can cause blistering, with the sap present in every part of the tree. It bears fruit that looks like an apple, and so it's also called manzanilla de la muerte, "the little apple of death." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In 2004, a black bear was found passed out in a Washington State campground after drinking 36 beer cans; when rangers tried to scare it away, it climbed up a tree to take a nap. It was caught the next day after returning for more beer. countryrebel.com/bear-ste…

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