Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bear Surprise

[John Lurie's "Bear Surprise"] is considered an internet meme in Russian culture and has been described by Victor Sonkin in the The Moscow Times as having "gained vast popularity with the speed of an avalanche." Its popularity, especially in runet, led to the bear's speech balloon being changed from "Surprise" to "Preved", a made up word that combines the Russian word "privet" (hello or hi) and "medved'" (bear). The title eventually became known as "Preved Medved" (translation "Hello Bear"). - Wikipedia

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