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The Berenstain Bears


The Berenstain Bears is a children's literature franchise created by Stan and Jan Berenstain and continued by their son, Mike Berenstain, who assumed partial authorship in 2002, and full authorship in 2012 following Jan's death. The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story.

Mandela Effect

This may be the most widespread Mandela Effect [citation needed]. The controversy is centered on the spelling of the word, particularly the "-stain" suffix, with many remembering it being spelled "-stein"; i.e. "Berenstain" compared to the widely remembered "Berenstein"


There are many photographs online showing the spelling as "Berenstain", although a number of them have been proven as fakes. [citation needed]
Photoshopped Berenstain books (left) compared to the original image (right)
However, there are many photographs of books and other memorabilia that show both spellings of the name.
Potential evidence of this Mandela Effect shown on a VHS tape, both spellings are present
Whether or not this qualifies as evidence or not depends on if this can be attributed to a typo.[1][2]
Potential evidence of this Mandela Effect shown on dolls, both spellings are present

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Potential Explanations

The most common explanation for this particular Mandela Effect states that because the "-stein" suffix is much more prevalent than the "-stain" ending, many people simply confuse the two and assume that the name is spelled with the much more common "-stein" suffix. This idea has been tested by Reddit user KitKhat, where he performed a (relatively) blind study where he showed people who have never seen the show the Berenstain logo, and asked them to take note of it's spelling. When asked later, they confidently state that it was spelled "Berenstein". [3] This hypothesis is further proven by various websites constantly referring to the literature as "Berenstein", even though the website itself contains many photographs showing the proper "Berenstain" spelling. [4]

Subreddit Resources

The Berenstæin Bears (TriumphantGeorge)

Berenstæin bears in here, please. (Denominax)

Other Resources

Proof Of The Mandela Effect In Action, Berenstein / Berenstain Bears (YouTube)

Was it the Berenstein or the Berenstain Bears?


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