Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for a Bear that Spits

You didn't think I would do Budapest or Balaton for B, right? Give me some credit, people.
I have something much better:
The TV Bear.

Tévémaci (TVBear) for the long years of my childhood was the character that announced that it was time for the evening cartoon. Thus:

(Yes indeed, Dear Visitor, that was a naked bear in a shower. You are welcome.)

And, once the cartoon of the day (which had nothing to do with the bear whatsoever) had concluded, the TV Bear dutifully told us that it was time to go to bed. Observe:

There is also an extended version of the video that includes a crucial moment in TV Bear history: The brushing of teeth (or fangs, I assume):

This is the version that gave birth to the popular colloquial expression in Hungary: "The Bear has spit, it's time to go to bed." Or, alternately and quite ominously: "The Bear has spit for me."

(Extended side note: In Hungarian, "spitting" also stands for "snitching," so in post-socialist Hungary the common joke is, "Why did the TV Bear go off the air?" "Because he spat." Post-socialist humor. Gotta love it.)


  1. I wouldn't be able to sleep if I had a doll that waited for me to close my eyes and then giggled ominously, as if to say "Tonight you live, but tomorrow is anyone's guess." Did you have any trouble sleeping as a child? :P

    Nicky @

  2. Okay you win for naked bear with his little friend. What was he thinking when he was playing with that sponge? ;)
    Tasha's Thinkings

  3. What a fun cultural thing to share! You and I are on the same sort of trains this Challenge! I do hope you get to visit Sweden this summer. I think you'll really enjoy it!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014
    PLEASE TURN OFF WORD VERIFICATIONS. It's one of the number one suggestions from the co-hosts for lots of comments this month. Disabling anonymous comments is MUCH more effective!

  4. Visiting on the 2nd day of the #atozchallenge. Looks like you are already having fun.

  5. Fascinating. Who is the little gnome creature next to the TV Bear in bed?
    Maui Jungalow