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Please, Call Me Theodore
The Switchables Teddy Bear fused glass night light cover is guaranteed not to bite.
The fused-glass process enables Switchables to create a new generation of nightlight covers like none you've ever seen before. Instead of being folded and soldered like traditional Switchables covers, these pieces of glass are fused together with flash heat for more brilliant colors and intricate designs with no metal borders. Bits and strips of glass are bonded to a slightly curved, clear or colored background panel.
You can identify a fused-glass Switchables cover by its "SF" item number. Traditional Switchables start with "SW".
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sold separately). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup. Switchables make gift-giving easy: Start your recipient out with a fixture and one or two covers, then buy him or her new covers on future gift-giving occasions.
Are you curious...?
Theodore Roosevelt -- who hated being called "Teddy," by the way -- went bear hunting with the governor of Mississippi and some other guys in 1902. Most of the other hunters had already bagged a bear. To prevent their boss from being upstaged, Roosevelt's lackies chased down a black bear with hounds, subdued it, tied it to a tree, and invited the President to blast away. Roosevelt refused the shot as unsportsmanlike and ordered someone else to put the poor animal out of its misery. The incident made it into a political cartoon. As the story was repeated, the bear became littler and cuter.
The drawing inspired New York toymaker Morris Michtom to craft a small stuffed bear cub. After sending one to Roosevelt and getting permission to use the President's nickname, he displayed it in his shop window with a sign reading "Teddy's bear." (A German company also came up with the same idea independently, but the two producers probably didn't know about each other because trans-Atlantic communication was still rudimentary back then). By 1906 "Roosevelt Bears" were a full-blown craze. Ladies carried them around, children played with them, and Roosevelt even used one as a prop in his reelection campaign. The earliest teddy bears were realistic-looking with long snouts and beady little eyes, but they gradually devolved into the cute version portrayed by our Switchables cover. Nowadays the plush animal business -- led by teddy bears -- is a billion-dollar industry.