|Bear in Freising, Germany with pants.|
The small Polish town of Tuszyn has made international news by rejecting Winnie the Pooh as its park mascot.
Pooh Bear doesn't wear pants. Worse, he may be a "hermaphrodite," by which the good people of Tuszyn seem to be referring to the pantless Bear's lack of, shall we say, bare necessities. One supposes they would prefer anatomically correct pantless Teddy Bears. Of course, Pooh's anatomy is, in fact, correct for a Teddy Bear. (I wonder what their position on Gummi Bears is?)
In any case, the lack of pants is a deal-breaker.
The Bear has a new appreciation for his broad-minded readership. According to a recent scientific poll (and much to the Bear's delight) they properly relate to the author of this blog as a Bear, with or without pants.
Oddly, Poland ranks fourth in the Bear's audience. If people want Bear bad enough, they'll find a way to get it.