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A letter to Polar Bear

Postby ss » Fri 08.10.2007 10:02 pm

A little girl told me an interesting story when I was in Pretoria.
It was about a lion and a polar bear, they were good friends.

Lion lived in equatorial region (hot place), and had never seen ice before.
One day, he wrote a letter to polar, asking his favour to send a piece of ice to him.
After a few days, Lion received a large box, opened it and to his surprised, was water! Lion was very unhappy and sent the box back to polar and wrote:" I invite you to send an ice, why you sent a box of water?"
Soon, polar received the box, inside which was a thick piece of ice!
Polar was confused and said to himself: "Isn't it ice, how come water? :|??"

I hope to translate this story into Japanese. I'll try and post my draft later.
Any corrections are welcomed, thanks in advance.
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Gundaetiapo » Fri 08.10.2007 10:23 pm

If I were Lion I'd probably think, "so: 'ice' is the polar word for 'water'". If I were Polar Bear, I'd probably think, "how'd he change the shape of ice? And so smoothly too!"

Look forward to your translation.
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby ss » Fri 08.10.2007 10:31 pm

Lion often drinks at the river bank, so he knows what water is.

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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Gundaetiapo » Fri 08.10.2007 10:35 pm

But does he know whether his drinks are different from ice? :)
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby ss » Fri 08.10.2007 10:48 pm

haha...I don't know. That girl was just a primary school kid, could really feel she was just pure and naive. Later on, she would learn evaporation, condensation, freezing, melting, etc. as she told me.

So, I could understand why her teacher told them this story. :)
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Tspoonami » Fri 08.10.2007 11:14 pm

What a cute story. Good luck translating! Other than that, there's nothing much to say at this point.

獅子:クマくん、天気はどう?
白熊:寒い・・・そこは?
獅子:暑い・・・
白熊:・・・何も変らないね
獅子:そんな感じだ

If that didn't make any sense, it's because I wrote it at almost midnight.
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 08.11.2007 7:27 am

The box didn't leak all the water out when the ice melted? If the polar bear had no concept of ice being frozen water or of melting, then one can't assume that the bear would have taken special care that the box be watertight.
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby AJBryant » Sat 08.11.2007 9:04 am

He probably used a cake tin. :)
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 08.11.2007 9:53 am

Did you ever hear the episode of Jack Benny's radio program where Carmichael (his pet polar bear) was in bed reading a copy of Esquire?
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby tanuki » Sat 08.11.2007 9:54 am

Talk about over-analyzing!
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby keatonatron » Sat 08.11.2007 12:32 pm

What about the one where there's a polar bear on the moon and he orders a 5 lb. samon from a polar bear on earth through ebay, and once he gets it he sends it back and says "hey, this is only a 13 oz. salmon!" but then the bear on earth weights it and it is indeed 5 lbs. and they have a good laugh.
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Tspoonami » Sat 08.11.2007 1:18 pm

The polar bear probably used a Coke bottle, and simply labeled it 'box.'

keatonatron wrote:
What about the one where there's a polar bear on the moon and he orders a 5 lb. samon from a polar bear on earth through ebay, and once he gets it he sends it back and says "hey, this is only a 13 oz. salmon!" but then the bear on earth weights it and it is indeed 5 lbs. and they have a good laugh.

My mom used to tell me that when she tucked me in to bed at night!
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby AJBryant » Sat 08.11.2007 9:55 pm

Mike Cash wrote:
Did you ever hear the episode of Jack Benny's radio program where Carmichael (his pet polar bear) was in bed reading a copy of Esquire?


Not yet. I have an MP3 disc here of Jack Benny shows, but I haven't had a chance to listen to 'em. (I'm working my way through some Arch Oboler mystery/horror things right now).


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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby Mike Cash » Sat 08.11.2007 10:07 pm

AJBryant wrote:
Mike Cash wrote:
Did you ever hear the episode of Jack Benny's radio program where Carmichael (his pet polar bear) was in bed reading a copy of Esquire?


Not yet. I have an MP3 disc here of Jack Benny shows, but I haven't had a chance to listen to 'em. (I'm working my way through some Arch Oboler mystery/horror things right now).


Tony


Sound quality is pretty bad up until around 1938 or so. It's pretty interesting to observe the show morph from being a show to being a show about a show. Sometime in about 1940 tenor Kenny Baker abandons ship to go to New York and work for Fred Allen; a terrible move for him (since Benny remained constantly on the air while Allen was on-again-off-again) and a great move for Benny, since it opened things up for Dennis Day (who had sense enough to stay with Benny until the end, even through the television days).

Anyway, about the bear. I finally located the episode (Dec. 07, 1941, a date which will live in infamy).

Jack at the studio receives a phone call from Rochester:

"Hello?"

"Hello, Mr. Benny. This is Rochester."

"What do you want?"

"Boss, it's no use. I tried and tried and I can't get Carmichael to go to sleep."

"Rochester, that polar bear has got to go to sleep. He's supposed to have been in hibernation over 10 days ago."

"Uh-huh."

"If Carmichael doesn't get to sleep by the middle of this month, he'll be a wreck in the spring. Where is he now?"

"Sitting up in bed reading Esquire."

[audience laughter]

"Esquire? Well take it away from him."

"Oh, come now, boss. He's been around."

[laughter, skit continues quite a bit more]

(The comment about the gas meter reader later on is an allusion to a skit from at least two years earlier, an allusion that would continue to be repeated over the years and, amazingly, understood by audiences which, unlike us, didn't have the benefit of reruns or home archives to refresh their memories.).
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RE: A letter to Polar Bear

Postby ss » Sun 08.12.2007 5:00 am

LOL!!

Creative imagination and visualization can bring happiness and success into our life. :)

I would like to recommend Tucklee.com to Lion.

Another alternative for Polar is to buy Lion a return air-ticket, inviting him to North Pole. And maybe get some nice goodies such as this, [url=http://www.coca-colastore.com/coke/jump/subcategory/b2ccat6780057/School__Office.html]this
[/url], and this for Lion.


Sorta miss Zeo, The Polar Bear from Norway .... How are you doing?
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