Pay attention to this perfect specimen [looking over glasses down nose]

Class, please note:
1. tiniest eye slit, sooooo tie-tie
2. Upright miniscule ear nobbule
3. Up-turned paw pads


4. ‘Tocks, splayed
5. More upright paw pad action
6. Overall lumpular shape


THAT, my friends, is how it’s DONE. Take notes, Kaisa K.



  1. cheesybird says:

    It’s the adventures of narcolepsy bear!

  2. kasia k. says:

    Huh!?? Very honoured to be mentioned but… I had nothing to do with this sleeping beauty! Meg, did you get something mixed up!? Or is there another Kaisa K. fo’ shizzle!? xx

  3. Janeyferr says:

    “Overall lumpular shape” :D, a cute category into which i fit

  4. momof2kitties says:

    I wish to lie down with my head on his side, listening to soft rhythymic bear breathing/heartbeat. I so tie-tie, too!!

  5. Kaisa/Kasia — I was once thrown for a loop too, when Meg’s sender-inner credit was “Theo” and I hadn’t done anything. Even got my last initial right.

    Apparently, the internet is big. It’s freaky.

  6. Is this our old friend Knut by any chance? I felt so bad for him when Flocke was born and everybody flocke-d to the new, cute baby. 😉 (See what I did there?)

    I’m an older sibling, I know how that feels.

  7. ThreeCatNight says:

    Floofy bear ‘tocks in the a.m. Awwww! Right now I’m so tired I envy that bear.

  8. kasia k. says:

    Internet, a big place… indeed! I am a bit shock-ee-fied! 😉

  9. The mouseover text rocks!

  10. B’ar tocks! Seepy b’ar tocks! He/she looks sooooo comfies.

  11. this is why geology is the best science

  12. Theresa, I’ll always love Knut, ’cause he was the first. Though I do still love Flocke and the other new one, whose name escapes me at the moment. The world needs more polar bears, Colbert’s just a sissy.

  13. Erebella says:

    Hi everyone. Mornings are evil. I can’t think of anything cute to say about this pic (need more coffee) so I just thought I’d say hi to everyone so you know I’m here.

  14. It’s amazing how animals totally zonk out on hard surfaces like ROCKS! Could you imagine getting that comfortable on rocks??? Inconceivable! (yes, I went there.)

  15. Hon Glad says:

    First six points agreed. But surely the; looks like a smelly on moth eaten rug P.O.V Simply destroys, your whole premise

  16. Oh, the dude looks hot. He needs some air conditioning or a trip to the north pole, stat.

  17. Is that Flocke?? Sooo tie tie. Just like me right about now.

  18. Katrina says:

    Who’s gonna tell him to move? Imagine how much floof and pudge there is between the b’ar’s bones and that rock.
    Good morning Erebella!

    WAKE UP PEEPS! Did that help?
    A public service message.

  19. Err, what’s the fuss, Kasia K.? Kaisa (NOT Kasia) is a common Finnish first name for a female so there are plenty of Kaisa K.’s around, even among the Cute Overload audience.

  20. Oh wow… unless I miss my guess, this is one HOT polar bear. My cat does the same flattening thing when she’s hot. Loving the upturned giant pawlettes.

  21. Erebella says:

    Hi Katrina. 🙂 Hey, for those regulars who aren’t American, please say hello and tell me where you’re from. I love talking to people from other countries and the accents and personalities that go with them.

  22. Patricia says:

    That is one big fuzzy butt. It is also the most boneless I have ever seen an animal that size look.

  23. That’s me when I get home from work.

  24. Katrina says:

    I’m from the Republic of Connecticut. We’re a tough lot, with many intricacies and subtle nuances- our cuisine is delightful and our children-well, you know, we shoudn’t brag, but we do anyway. It’s just a little “Lake Wobegon” up here.
    Whence comes our Erebella?

  25. Katrina — I lived in St. Paul. I could walk a block to the Fitzgerald Theater. Growing up, my folks would never tune the radio away from those News From Lake Wobegon monologues.

    Connecticut, you’re no Lake Wobegon.

  26. (*count your blessings)

  27. Theresa says:

    Katrina, are you south or north of the border of Red Sawx Nation?

  28. Theresa says:

    One thing I find endlessly endearing about all bears, even grizzlies, is the immense spherical roundness of their butts.

    [It’s just so *round*, it’s like *out* there… – Ed.]

  29. scooterpants says:

    ahhh. the temptation to go spoon with him is high.
    but the desire to LIVE is much greater! 🙂

  30. Erebella says:

    I’m in Tulsa………. Would rather be in Ireland – my heart’s there but my body somehow got left here. Get me outta all this humid sunshine!

    Theresa, well worded. We should write an essay on that subject and turn it in next week. Poetry is good too. Hmm, now what rhymes with butts?

  31. Theresa says:

    Yes, I like bear butts and I cannot lie.

  32. Theresa says:

    Tulsa, the home of the Tulsa Drillers!

  33. Erebella — crewcuts!

  34. cheesybird says:

    Plus, you’ve got half the Yiddish lexicon at your disposal: klutz, yutz, putz, schmutz…

  35. Theresa says:

    Erm, I hate to bring it up, but “nuts.”

  36. Erebella says:

    Teho, considering we’re talking about animals, where would the crewcut be? I would think the lovely furry butts would no longer be cute with crewcuts. Although it’s funny. Reminds me of the bear in The Great Outdoors – remember the end?

  37. Paunchie says:

    it’s Ivar the Boneless…

  38. Katrina says:

    Erebella – We are divided half Yankees, half Sawx. This household is Yankees. Neighbor on neighbor violence is frowned upon here, so, we all get along.

    Thanks for the insight on Lake Wobegon, Theo, I’ll stop making the comparison.

    cheesybird, please to be careful in your rhyming,(insertsmileyfacehere!) the Yiddish patrol will come and get you _”p*tz” is the Yiddish word for one of a gentleman’s private parts.
    That is just a great bear.
    Oh, Erebella, Connecticut is much more Ireland-like, you can live here instead!

  39. Come on down to Ballamer, Murlin, hon. It’s humid as all hell here and hot! Damn hot!
    By the way, has anyone else noticed the other Kris that has posted a few times? I think it’s a “him” though. I haven’t seen him around this week, so I guess I can keep my posting name simple for now. :o)

  40. Oh, Teho. If I grew up that close to the weekly production of PHC I never would have left. Nevers! (Of course, when I was a kid, my dad worked at Disneyland, so perhaps there are those who envy me?)

    Meanwhile, I applaud Meg’s analysis of sweepy bear, whom I have decided to name “Rip Van Snorgle.” Proof that you don’t have to be teensy and newborn to be cute!

  41. cheesybird says:

    Katrina, considering the Yiddish patrol I know are all my elderly uncles, not so worried about them comin’ after me. 😉 (BTW, “schmuck” means the same thing, but sadly doesn’t rhyme as well with “butts”)

    Am I the only one here who’s thinking “Paging Mr. Butts? Mr. Seymore Butts?”

  42. cheesybird says:
  43. Theresa says:

    Katrina, that was me with the Sawx border question. Of course, either way, with me you can’t win. I’m a Mets fan. 😉

  44. wagthedogma says:

    Heh. The new star of “Arctic Weekend at Bernie’s.”

    That is all.

    (Next time on The World’s Silliest Insults, we will be counting down our annual top 100 disappointing double entendres. Also, spotlight on the versatile casserole, and its surprisingly snarky patron!)

    (…OK, yes, it’s Shakespeare again, dammit. We’re still catching up from that buttshmuck slap-casserole writer’s strike.)

  46. Paunchie says:

    Theo I double dog dare ya to go up to that thar bar and BUTTSCHMACK him once on each ‘tock!

  47. [smacks monitor]

    Nothing’s happening.

    Well, he’s maybe a little smudgier now.

  48. Paunchie says:

    wonder if he would jiggle like jello cos he ain’t got no bones??

  49. Theresa says:

    “BUTTSCHMACK”? Isn’t that the name of one of those World Wresting Entertainment thingies?

  50. I thought for sure it was the name of a band!

  51. Close enough, Kris.

  52. Yitzysmommie says:

    YM contemplating jiggling bar butts.
    I hafta agree with Janeyfurr: Lobular is a category for moi aussi.

  53. Yitzysmommie says:

    OOOOPs, make that “lumpular” or globular!

  54. Kaisa K. (Finland) says:

    I took these photos at the Berlin Zoo just last week. German tourists next to me identified him as Knut, so maybe we should trust them and say this is him. 🙂

  55. All he needs is a good polar masseuse now. What a lousy spa.

  56. mberkie0 says:

    Just a Yiddish-patrol thought here: “schmutz” and “klutz” do NOT rhyme. “Klutz” rhymes with “nutz,” but “schmutz” (means dirt, by the way, the kind your mother used to lick her hankie and smoosh off your face using the hankie) rhymes with …. um, sounds more like …. um, “schmootz” with a short “oo,” like “hoof.” I know, TMI.

  57. OH. MY. GOD. Look at that butt! I just wanna go snuggle with him! 🙂

  58. Polar ‘tocks…definitely keeps you nice and toasty.

  59. This one definitely rivals my dog for cute/hilarious sleeping positions.

  60. warrior rabbit says:

    “Yes, I like bear butts and I cannot lie.

    Theresa “


  61. BeanSidhe says:

    I have decided that we’re all twelve.

    And yay for bear bums and Yiddish-patrol lessons! Who says you can’t learn anything on the Internet?

  62. “I like bear butts and I cannot lie”


  63. cheesybird says:

    I was waiting for someone to call me on that, mberkie0. I’ve heard “schmutz” pronounced both ways, especially when it’s made into the adjectival “schmutzig”. I think Yiddish pronunciations are fairly fluid depending on where your family came from.

  64. Hon Glad says:

    Weell, I tell ya;ah lahk mah wimmin, with burts you kin rest yor beyer on.

  65. Sorry Theresa old pal, that was a styoopid error on my part.
    What’s a “Met”? Harhar.
    Apparently Jon Stewart lives and dies with the Mets, too.
    We get Mets games on the TV and if I have the control it stays on(I’m an equal opportunity watcher), but once the DaddyRabbit comes in the room *swooshclick*-he has had a strong Yankees streak in him since childhood. We have a nice Minor League ball park and we go watch “The Rockcats.” That is more fun because you might get beaned with a baseball-I heard one whoosh by my ear once. I ducked and EVERYONE in the stadium-about 5,000 people was so angry that I didn’t try to catch it.So much disapproval- it rivaled Winston and Cinnamon together!

  66. were.

  67. “This looks like a job for BI-POLAR BEAR!

    If only I could get out of bed.”

  68. now thats relaxed!

  69. Is this from Vienna Zoo?

  70. Katrina says:

    I’m pretty sure it is Knut!