It's been incredibly difficult for many to come to terms with the fact that the Berenstain Bears is spelled with -ain.
The Berenstein Bears were real for so many, but then that reality was cruelly ripped away.
The Berenstein Bears never learned about strangers. It was only the Berenstain Bears.
People were so shaken by the truth that the -ain/-ein controversy sparked a theory of parallel universes.
The think pieces abounded.
People’s -ein memories were so strong that they convinced themselves the Berenstein Bears actually exist, just in an alternate universe.
But it’s not true. It’s always been -ain. Or has it?
"My best friend found this tag when they were cleaning out her grandma's house on some old BERENSTEIN Bears," the Reddit post from September 16, 2017 reads.
Yes, the top bold label on these vintage Berensta(e)in Bear stuffed animals says, “Berenstain.”
But on the very same label below, it’s spelled “Berenstein.”
That's not the only piece of evidence.
On August 5, 2016, this photo of an old Berensta(e)in Bears VHS was posted on Reddit. It clearly reads “Berenstein.”
What is happening here?
Is your head spinning? Are you questioning your own reality? Yeah, us too.
Some believe these are fake — that the different spellings must be photoshopped. But others think they now have proof that they’ve been right this whole time.
A bunch of other people have fully given themselves over to the idea of parallel universes. Let’s see how they’re doing…