Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Last evening Ol’ Robbo and Eldest Gel got into a conversation about the so-called “Mandela Effect” and specifically how it might be exemplified by the wide-spread belief that the children’s book series The Berenstain Bears was originally titled The Berenstein Bears. The Gel’s theory, which she apparently picked up on the innertoobs somewhere, is that the name change actually was a signal that we had all fallen into an alternate universe (not the Bearded-Spock one, unfortunately).

Alas, now I can’t get the thing out of my braims. We used to own about a dozen different BB books, a couple from quite early in the series, and one part of my mind is now madly trying to recreate a picture of their covers to check if there ever was a “Berenstein” version.

The worst part of it is that Ol’ Robbo always hated the Berenstain Bears, and sagged wearily every time one of the Gels demanded one of their stories at bedtime. The artwork always irritated me, and the fubsy stories even more so.

And now they’re back. Where’d I put that brain bleach?