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Old 10-07-08, 09:37 AM   #1
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Why Clydesdales asks the ToolBear

Why Clydesdales? asks the ToolBear.

I am curious. Why is the Clydesdale, a draft horse, selected as the totem for this forum? A bear would be far more appropriate.

I have never seen a horse on a bike. Bears now, that's different. Bears on bikes or unicycles was a circus staple back when and today.

In fact, when I bought my Dahon folder with those 20" wheels, Herself helpfully warned, "You'll look just like a circus bear on that thing."

In fact, she may have had these images in mind:

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbMV8uq8SJI&NR=1>

Well, the shape on that one is similar.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WbdKxSt_fU>

All that riding has slimned these bears down a bit.

We also have bears on scooters, mopdes, cars. Narry a horse on anything on YouTube.
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Old 10-07-08, 09:43 AM   #2
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Bear in mind, that a Clyde is a big strong workhorse that thrusts forward with power. A Bear is just a big strong animal that kicks back in the bushes eating berries.

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Which do wimminz prefer to ride...horses or bears?
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Also, "bear' is a nickname for a hairy and/or heavily built gay man... I can't be sure, but I don't think many of us fall into that category. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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I'm not sure if it's the actual origin of the category, but the first races I remember seeing it were the Budweiser sponsored triathlons in the early 90s.
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Also, "bear' is a nickname for a hairy and/or heavily built gay man... I can't be sure, but I don't think many of us fall into that category. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
You sure about the gay thing, I know of several women who refer to their very straight husbands as bear, often while the winter beard is in.....
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You sure about the gay thing, I know of several women who refer to their very straight husbands as bear, often while the winter beard is in.....

From the Urban Distionary entry for "Bear"

1. bear
A term used by gay men to describe a husky, large man with a lot of body hair.
George's sexual tastes run toward bears.

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3. bear
A chubby homosexual with a lot of body hair.

Some definitions refer to any hairy man as a 'bear,' not just gay men.
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From the Urban Distionary entry for "Bear"

1. bear
A term used by gay men to describe a husky, large man with a lot of body hair.
George's sexual tastes run toward bears.

and

3. bear
A chubby homosexual with a lot of body hair.

Some definitions refer to any hairy man as a 'bear,' not just gay men.
Do realise though, that many Urban terms are US terms, that don't apply elsewhere..... Some though are funny, like gay, gay used to mean happy, now it refers to homosexuals, and of the homosexuals I have met,
wife used to be an actress, so I have met a few, none were happy, and most were wishing they were (happy). I could say more, but I don't want to get the moderators mad at me.....
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Also, "bear' is a nickname for a hairy and/or heavily built gay man... I can't be sure, but I don't think many of us fall into that category. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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They would probably love those tight shorts <g>.

The language has certainly changed. Gay used to mean happy. A ****** was firewood that old women went into the forest to gather: "A bundle of twigs, sticks, or branches bound together.."
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Bear in mind, that a Clyde is a big strong workhorse that thrusts forward with power. A Bear is just a big strong animal that kicks back in the bushes eating berries.
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My last encounter with a bear - up close and personal at age 10, he forsook the berries for the content of the ice chest. Steak, as I recall. They are omnivores so a nice mess of donuts wouild work well. There was one at Yosemite that had a favorite brand of bear.

Of course, from the bear's POV, he has to spend those summer hours eating. Not enough fat and he is out of luck later in the winter.
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Of course, from the bear's POV, he has to spend those summer hours eating. Not enough fat and he is out of luck later in the winter.
Ah yes, finally somebody understands me!

When I think of a Clydesdale, I think of the horses Bud used to use in their Super Bowl commercials... big, powerful, majestic animals. I think of it as a compliment.
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Which do wimminz prefer to ride...horses or bears?
Nuff said.
Leave it to Chip to clear the bases with a blast over the center field wall, lol.
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The characteristic action of a Clydesdale is demonstrated at a trot; an animated gait with high hoof action in both the front and rear. Despite its large size, the Clydesdale presents with an energetic quality described by the Clydesdale Horse Society as "gaiety of carriage and outlook."
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