Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today is...Bring your Teddy Bear to Work Day

The first Teddy Bear was created in 1902 by Morris Michtom. It was named Teddy after Teddy Roosevelt, in response to a political cartoon showing Roosevelt to be unwilling to shoot a bear that had been caught and tied up.

Official Teddy Bears have jointed arms and legs, with larger eyes and foreheads and smaller noses to be cuter.

The largest producer and seller of Teddy Bears is the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, making almost 500,000 bears a year.

In 1907 John Walter Bratton wrote a song called "Teddy Bear Two-Step". In 1932 Jimmy Kennedy added lyrics, turning it into the song "Teddy Bears' Picnic". The song has been recorded by many artist and groups from Bing Crosby to Jerry Garcia to The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Some of the most famous Teddy Bears are Paddington Bear, Teddy Ruxpin, and Winnie-the-Pooh.

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