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I dream of becoming a magician, a chef, a chocolatier, a fashion designer, a movie director, a DJ, a professional photographer and a stock market guru. I also want my very own candy outlet. (: My blog comprises photographs and random thoughts. I like to keep my blog happy and I'm easily inspired. It's nice knowing that people are reading, so thank you. :D

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    19 December 2010

    Why are Teddy bears called Teddy bears.

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    So here's a photo of a cute teddy bear donning pretty green+white scarves and an equally cute earmuff. (: By the way, if you press his foot (forgot which one, or was it his paws? Or tummy. Forgot.) melodies will play and his cheeks will keep flashing heh. I think it's a he. :D

    Speaking of which, I was wondering why Teddy bears are called Teddy bears so I googled it, Google is the answer to EVERYTHING. The following is from WikiAnswers, full story.


    The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino.

    There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear himself, deeming this unsportsmanlike,but instructed that the bear be killed to put it out of its misery, and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902.

    While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name.

    The toys were an immediate success and Michtom founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.At the same time in Germany, the Steiff firm, unaware of Michtom's bear, produced a stuffed bear from Richard Steiff's designs.

    I actually read the above some time ago but I've got severe STM. Anyway, congratulations if you learnt something new today. :D I hope the school holiday (for those who are schooling, of course. Good luck if you're working, it's tough and tiring and you've got little paid leave.) have been enriching for you (HAH, as if it will be for ANYONE.)

    P.S: For those with sharp eyes, you wouldhave realised that I changed my blog picture to one with a higher resolution. (:

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