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When Paddington 2 opens in theaters next month, a new generation will get introduced to the iconic bear, who famously hails from “Darkest Peru.”
In fact, the friendly spectacled bear was initially going to be from Africa, but his creator, Michael Bond, was told not many bears live on the continent, so he selected Peru instead.
Upon finding the bear at Paddington station, sitting on his suitcase with a note that read “Please look after this bear. Thank you” pinned to his blue duffle coat, the Brown family named him for the train station after he told them no one can pronounce his Peruvian name.
You may remember that story, what he looks like, the way he sounds, how much he loves marmalade sandwiches, and his affinity for politeness, but did you recall his Peruvian name was Pastuso?
Paddington may be the most famous bear in the world, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows everything there is to about him.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the bear known as “Mr. Brown:”
1. You Can’t Find Paddington At His Address
Paddington lives at 32 Windsor Gardens in Notting Hill, but that address doesn’t exist in real life. Creator Michael Bond amalgamated his parents’ address (Winser Drive, Reading) with his own (Arundel Gardens) and came up with the famed Brown address. Not many tourists from outside England know this, however, and descend upon the West London Windsor Gardens, looking for No. 32, which sadly, isn’t there.
2. Jeremy Clarkson Was The First Person To Have A Paddington Bear
Aside from the original, which Michael Bond found at a shop near the Paddington Station on Christmas Eve in 1956 and took it home as a present for his wife Brenda, Jeremy Clarkson was the first to have a Paddington Bear toy. Now known for being an English broadcaster, journalist, and writer who co-presented the BBC TV show Top Gear, Clarkson’s parents, Shirley and Eddie, ran a small business called Gabrielle Designs. In 1972, Shirley made a prototype for the first stuffed Paddington and gave it to Jeremy.
3. Paddington Really Does Love Adventure
In 1994, a Paddington Bear stuffed toy was selected to be the first item that passed through the Channel Tunnel from England to France when the two countries were connected by it.
4. Paddington Caused A Boot Shortage
Early Paddington Bear toys were dressed in children’s’ Dunlop wellington boots. This caused such a rush of parents to buy the boots for their own kids that Gabrielle Designs had to start producing their own after Dunlop couldn’t keep up with the demand. In 1978, Gabrielle Designs sold 87,000 pairs alone.
5. He’s Caused A Few Scandals, Too
In 1984, Australian cabinet minister Mick Young was forced to resign after failing to declare the contents of his wife’s luggage at customs. Among the items inside was a large Paddington Bear. The scandal became known as “The Paddington Bear Affair”. 22 years later, all the trout in a New Hampshire hatchery were found expired and a pipe blockage caused by a Paddington Bear toy was named the culprit.