The War Bear

In this episode of The Brain Food Show, which is partially a continuation of the last, we discuss the bear that was officially a member of the Polish army, how he came to be such and what became of him after WWII ended. We follow this up by discussing the interesting origin of the Live Long and Prosper Vulcan salute.

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  • Great, First please forgive my spelling. The part with hand sign that Spock thought up for the Vulcans or whoever(never really watched the show) being based on a Kohanim symbol used during prayer was very interesting. To give you some background. Kohanim are the Priests in the Jewish religion. The Priests were the highest level of the Jewish casts, followed by Levites, and Israelites. You were born into these castes. Certain prayers and rituals performed by the Kohanim were not to be viewed by the Israelites and I believe the Levites also thought they did help the Kohanim prepare for different ceremonies. Even as far back as the ark of the Torah, other Jews would die if trying to view different duties of the Kohanim, since the destruction of the temple a lot of what the Kohanim did no longer applies.
    Good Job

  • In defense of William Shatner, it’s not so surprising he won Emmys. He’s a classically trained stage actor who was with the Stratford Festival company in Stratford Ontario. Then he went to LA and became a starving actor, or close to it. When he got the role of James T. Kirk, he would have done just about anything to keep the job, including stealing scenes from fellow actors. (This is paraphrased from Shatner’s explanation of his behaviour towards the supporting cast of Star Trek.)

    Coming from a stage career might explain why his performance of Kirk was so over the top. To his credit, he was willing to parody Kirk fairly early on. (See Airplane 2)

    I’m old enough to have been a kid when Star Trek was first syndicated. It was years before I learned how groundbreaking it was. At the time, it was a cool and positive look at a possible future (I wasn’t burdened by knowing much science back then). It was a show my sister and I could watch with our mother and all of us get something from it.