Japanese drivers & mama-chari riders... Did you know that "Hula-Hoops" were banned in Japan in the 1950's because drivers (who were supposed to be watching the road) were constantly gazing out of their side windows at hip-swiggling children, and driving into the cars in front of them?
Who the hell is looking for "bears" when you need to be watching out for cars? This test is designed to find people who are only looking for what they are "told to look for"!
To anyone who saw the "bear", I would ask you to sell your bicycle immediately, because you will end up being a driver/cyclist hazard to others who are actually "WATCHING WHERE THEY ARE GOING!!!". Watching the ball is the same as watching the cars around you. Seeing the bear, is like staring into a shop-window just before you run into the back of a taxi!
In each situation, there is credit to "Seeing the bear". But when one is riding, "Watching the ball" is what will keep you alive.
Boy has this thread degenerated fast. What I've read (only on the Internet so it's probably less than half true) is that Japan banned the Hoop for fear of mass wantonness and resulting loss of general decorum.
Anyway, I think Travis' problem with the Test is that Koalas don't moonwalk, and in fact aren't real bears, or even carnivores.
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