The Berenstein/Berenstain Bears

I’m not going to go into the Mandela Effect. If you are unfamiliar with it, then you won’t understand what this article is about. If you are familiar with it, then hopefully this article can raise or answer questions for you, depending on what your beliefs and experiences are. I will try to look at this subject from both sides of the argument and will try to keep my bias out of it. Personally, I find this whole thing fascinating – whether it is proof of Quantum Pollution or simply mass delusion or cognitive dissonance.


Section One: Typo’s or Remnants?

  1. Norwell Public Library. On the Norwell Public Library site is a listing of education children’s books. On this list is the following: The Berenstein Bears and the Drug Free Zone” by Stan Berenstain. Brother and Sister Bear try to solve the mystery of how illegal drugs are getting into their school. J BERENSTEIN. 

Opinion: Mistakes and printing errors can occur, but I do find it odd that a Librarian would spell the Author and the book title wrong on the library website.

See for yourself on the Norwell Public Library website.

2) In the archives of the internet is a website that collated information on 80’s cartoons. The Berenstein Bears was one such cartoon. On the 5th of February and the 5th of April in 2001, the entries on this site are Berenstein. On the first two entries, all links and references to books and films are also spelled Berenstein. However, from 5th August 2001 the show becomes Berenstain, as do all links, references and facts. Credit goes to Ya OughtaLearn  who posted a video posted on where I learned about this.

Opinion: It seems strange that, even if typos were made and then discovered, that the web author didn’t correct the first two entries and the relevant links and facts. The web author may not have even noticed their mistake, or perhaps was simply too lazy to correct their previous work.

Checkout 80’s Cartoons for yourself or view the original video on Daikhlo.

3) The Berenstein Bears Camping Adventure video game. On the Bears’ Wikipedia article it lists all the video game and software titles, and is accordingly spelled with an A. However, on YouTube there is game play footage where the opening title clearly spells Berenstein. There is also another video of game play spelled BerenSTAIN. On website Sega Retro, there is archived information about both the Genesis and the Game Gear versions – the scanned packaging and cartridges both clearly with an A.

Opinion: Perhaps, riding on the popularity of ME somebody has edited this footage to fake proof of ME. These old games are hard to come by, so it would be tough to prove or disprove the argument. According to the Retro Sega website there were never alternative spellings for the games, they were always published as Berenstain Bears.

View the Retro Sega archive here, or you can watch game play footage from BerenSTEIN Bears on youtube is here, and game play footage of the BerenSTAIN Bears on youtube here.

4) Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and ResearchPractitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research explores the concept and importance of the teacher practitioner, and prepares students in teacher education courses and programs to conduct research in the classroom. Author Carolyn Babione has extensive experience in undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher training and teacher inquiry coursework. In the book, Babione guides students through the background, theory, and strategy required to successfully conduct classroom research. The first part of the book tackles the “how-to” and “why” of teacher inquiry, while the second part provides students with real-life practitioner inquiry research projects across a range of school settings, content areas, and teaching strategies.

CAROLYN BABIONE, PHD, a former classroom teacher, is professor emerita of education at Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University. PTIR was published December 2014 by Josse-Bass. ISBN 978-1-118-58873-4.

While searching on Google Books I found that the index of this book lists references to BerenSTEIN (both the books and authors are spelled this way), but when you click on the page links everything actually written in the book is BerenSTAIN. How did this kind of error get to print?

Here is a listing for Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research on And here is a link to the scanned index, found on Google Books (page 301.)

5) YouTube links.

Robby Santiago was sent a photo of a VHS from a friend, titled: Berenstein Bears and the Disappearing Honey Pot. Unfortunately this could also have been photo shopped or edited some other way. It would be interesting to find other copies of this title for comparison.


6) The following is a list of books and magazines, with links, found on google books that aren’t able to be read online. I am supplying these as I would love proof from scanned hardcopies. If you search google books you will, literally, find thousands of entries for Berenstein Bears – so I have just provided a selection to show that it is more than a typo in low-budget publications.

Language, Literacy and the Child. In the Second Edition of this popular textbook, Galda, Cullinan, and Strickland continue to show new teachers how to use children’s literature to support English language arts teaching and learning in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms. LANGUAGE, LITERACY, AND THE CHILD presents current theories and research alongside practical classroom applications. With this organization, the authors provide theoretically sound, literature-based practices and teaching ideas to help students as they begin to teach. As with the previous book, the index lists STEIN but a further search of the text shows that in the book itself it is only spelled STAIN.

Drum: A Magazine of Africa for Africa. This magazine shows in their TV listings a slotted episode of Berenstein Bears. Unfortunately, I can not find an archived copy of this to further investigate.

Media Information Australia, Issues 75-76Published by Australian Film and TV School, North Ryde, 1995. This is another example of a publication that you would expect to be able to spell the name of the media it discusses correctly. And again, it is one that cannot be read on google books.

Companies And Their Brands, issue 9, volume 2. Surely this publication would get the name of the brand spelled correctly? But you guessed it. Berenstein again.

Billboard magazine, in a full title search on google books, spells it STEIN from 1996 to 2001.

New York Magazine has, on two occasions in 1984, spelled it Berenstein Bears for their tv/movie listings.

In conclusion, it is clear that assumptions and errors have been made. We have to be ready to admit that mistakes happen. Encyclopedias and dictionaries have had errors in them, but this does not make them definitive or true. And it’s when these alternative sources of information are referenced that these contradictory ideas can arise.

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