Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Polar bears, second in cuteness only to pandas, aren't so cute when used as corporate symbols:
Health Minister Nicola Roxon has told Parliament a cardboard cut-out of the bear displayed in the office of a Nationals MP shows the Opposition fails to comprehend the seriousness of binge drinking.
The bear in question, symbol of Bundaberg rum, is displayed by MP Paul Neville, who's rightly proud to represent Bundaberg.

Why did the trustees of Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Massachusetts spend $70,000 on a polar bear statue? "Why not a polar bear?" replied the board's president. And if anyone raises a ruckus about a statue of polar bears it could be argued that the granite bears are really just generic bears.

A friend of the environment berates fellow Americans for thinking oil more important than polar bears. Her suggestion for energy independence: the unsightly but effective backyard "wind energy panel".

Anyone hankering to tease a large carnivore can do so at Canada's Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Village by swimming with bears separated only by a sheet of glass. It doesn't take a mind-reader to work out the pictured bear is thinking "lunch".


Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

It doesn't take a mind-reader to work out the pictured bear is thinking "lunch"

Yeah, but surely so are some of the other swimmers looking back at them.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous the_real_jeffs said...

I'm thinking Darwinism myself.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Damon said...

I remember at Ranua Zoo (Finnish Lappland) we saw a real live polar bear.
It was sitting in a rather large field, with the "viewers" i.e. us passing over a walk-way. The bear was sniffing the air, as if thinking "hmmmm, lunch!, too much garlic in that one, but the next one...yum..."

I have never, ever thought of polar bears as "cute and cuddly" since then. They are powerful predators, and would happily eat humans if they could catch them...

11:08 PM  

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