Viral Bear

Laneia made this graphic of a bear for a recent You Need Help column and put it on her tumblr, and now it has like 35,000 RTs and it keeps popping up all over the internet! I don’t know why, but we just think this is the funniest thing. Anyhow it’s gonna be famous, this bear. It’s on Buzzfeed! Buzzfeed Bear. You can tell the world you knew this bear back when it only had 3,500 RTs.

What you don’t know is that the bear is a real bear that we trained to walk, talk, and have feelings. ‘Cause we’re gay and gay people are magical.

What’s your favorite kind of potato chip? We ran out of regular brownies. I like Cape Cod potato chips, but also secretly Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream.

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  1. I have neither regular nor irregular brownies. The best chips are cheeseburger Doritos but I don’t think they make them anymore, in which case my answer is barbecue kettle chips. Or maybe roast chicken. Do they make roast chicken kettle chips? They should.

  2. This viral bear’s number of RT’s is like the most epic thing that’s happened on the Internet this year
    I like to eat really salty peppery vinegary chips with black coffee
    But mostly I just consume seaweed/sesame Lundberg rice chips in vast quantities

  3. I thought at first Brownies was some wacky kind of potato chip only known to Americans. Plain salted, like nature intended, is the only flavour to have. One of the few things I hated about Germany was its obsession with ‘Paprika’ flavoured chips. Ewwww. Viral Bear FTW! So good.

  4. In Spain one can find a ham flavored potato chip, though I cannot vouch for its deliciousness because I am deterred by the fact that it’s not just called “ham” but “Ham ham!!” (¡Jamón jamón!) I mean a ham flavored chip is one thing, but ham ham? I don’t know…

  5. the post title “Viral Bear” caused me to worry that this article would be about something slightly more sinister. But I am relieved it’s not and also am happy for this bear’s well-deserved net fame.
    Also also, Miss Vickies Jalapeno chips.

  6. Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream are the best. And now I’m looking forward to finishing off the brownies I made two nights ago. They are topped with Peruvian Cocoa Nibs. Oh man, I need to get home and eat some brownies. (and then sleep)

    Congrats on the bear!

  7. Yeah, when I read the You Need Help that the bear first appeared in, I immediately had to save it to my hard drive as ‘lorna-hey listen- aka this is going to come in useful A LOT’. I feel like everyone could do with this bear coming to their window. I want to post it to everyone I know.

  8. If Viral Bear was in China, he would have cucumber flavored Pringles and steak flavored Cheetos that don’t taste like Cheetos at all. He would probably then be disappointed and want real Cheetos.

    I’m now imagining that Viral Bear is gonna ask for a ride to the closest Western food store for real Cheetos.

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