"Strong like bear"... from where?
February 14, 2011 10:59 AM Subscribe
Where does "strong like bear" come from?
posted by codger to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's so entrenched in the American pop cultural lexicon (though I always hear it with a Russian accent) that searching for its origins is near impossible.
One source people point to is Dave Egger's You shall know our velocity, but I tend to think this goes back further than 2004 (I expect he's quoting it more than coining it), and I tend to think it's from a comedy skit or standup routine. I'm not saying it can't come from literature, but I expect it came from TV or the movies.
There's a line in Moscow on the Hudson, "Strong as a Russian bear", but I don't think this has drifted like, say, "Play it again, Sam" has.
So, who said it, and where?