[Ads-l] Modern Proverb: Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you

Dave Hause dwhause at CABLEMO.NET
Sat Nov 12 00:43:12 EST 2016


Sometimes this can be enhanced;  there are several versions of this story 
available: 
http://www.handgunforum.net/general-discussion/34149-22-cal-beretta-jetfire-saves-woman-huge-grizzly.html
The 22 Cal. Beretta Jetfire: Saves woman from Huge Grizzly:  This is a story 
of self control and marksmanship with an itsy bitsy shooter by a woman 
against a fierce predator. What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect 
yourself?
   The 22 Cal. Beretta Jetfire:

   While out hiking in Alberta Canada with my boyfriend, we were surprised 
by a huge grizzly bear charging at us from out of nowhere.  She must have 
been protecting her cubs because she was extremely aggressive.
   If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire with me I would not be here 
today!

   Just one shot to my boyfriend's knee cap was all it took…….the bear got 
him and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brisk pace.  It's one 
of the best pistols in my collection……
Dave Hause
-----Original Message----- 
From: Joel Berson
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:40 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Modern Proverb: Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the 
bear eats you

The bear hunts/gets/eats you only if you run slower than your hunting 
companion.

Joel


      From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2016 1:44 PM
Subject: [ADS-L] Modern Proverb: Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes 
the bear eats you

I was sent a request to examine the saying in the subject line which I
think can be grouped together with some other statements:

1) Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.
2) Sometimes you hunt the bear, and sometimes the bear hunts you.
3) Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.

This topic was mentioned on this list in 2004 and 2010. There is an
entry in the DMP and on Barry Popik's website. The QI website now has
an entry with supplementary information:

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/11/10/bear-eats/

[Begin acknowledgement]
Great thanks to Sandra Ikuta whose inquiry led QI to formulate this
question and perform this exploration. Thanks to the 2004 mailing list
discussants including: Barry Popik, Wilson Gray, Susan Yerkes, Rima
McKinzey, and Laurence Horn. Thanks to the 2010 mailing list
discussants including: Arnold Zwicky, Laurence Horn, Mark Mandel, and
Charles Doyle. In addition, thanks to Doyle et al for the entry in
"The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs", and thanks to Doyle for verifying
the 1939 citation. Also, gratitude to Barry Popik for his further
valuable research.
[End acknowledgment]

http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/sometimes_you_eat_the_bear_and_sometimes_the_bear_eats_you

Feedback welcome,
Garson O'Toole

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