Mandelbrot the fractal teddy-bear

Jake von Slatt sez, "This is a fractal Teddy Bear named Mandelbrot, he was brought into this world a few weeks ago by my friend Captain Mouse as a gift for her brother."

Mandelbrot the Fractal Bear (Thanks, Jake!)


  1. Delightful, and not even creepy! Cpt Mouse (if you happen to be a BB reader) how long did this take to make? Seems like a fun gift for a nerdy Valentines.

  2. Eww, not too keen on that. Now I have images of a creepy teddy spawning infinite numbers of tiny creepy teddies. So much for sleeping tonight…

  3. It reminds me of Matt Groening’s “The 24 Warning Signs of Stress.” The panel is “Weird Dreams,” a rabbit with rabbits growing out of its ears. “Very Weird Dreams” are the same, except with more rabbits growing out of the ear rabbits.

  4. As they get smaller (and more numerous) they get happier! Check out the smiles (those available without microscopy, that is).

  5. The copy editor in me comes out: The L is missing in Mandelbrot in the article title and the HTML page title. Just FYI.

  6. I’m waiting for Mandelbrats (fractal sausages) or MandelBratz (fractally oversexed dolls).

    Of course there are Mandelbrains (the closer you look at someone, the smarter you realize they are), Mandelbras (cups within cups) and the Mandelbro of course.

  7. Barsoom plushies? Or how about all the beasts from the Heinlein juveniles (star beast, martian bouncer…)

  8. AGENT 86: It took about a day of sewing – maybe 11 hours. That doesn’t include trying to find the parts though.

    I had no idea people would find it creepy when I made it… Maybe that says something about me?

  9. The teddy is sprouting cancerous tumors with eyes and mouths, or it has hand puppets that have hand puppets.

  10. Yeah, I don’t get the “creepy” reaction at all, either. Very cute, Mouse. Next time sprout out the feet, too!

  11. I have to agree with #8 Maturin, that it is related to the “thing.” It is all nice and cuddly until it gets close enough to paw you with it’s eight heads so it can drink your brains with a straw.

    Kind of like a friendly Cthulhu.

  12. By far the coolest sewing project I’ve seen. Much cooler than the felt owl pillows that seem all the rage these days. I like that the fur even has a fractally quality to it. I like the unintentional cancer creepiness too. Nice job!

  13. Love the idea of a fractal plushie–but can’t help thinking of choriocarcinoma from “When You Care, You Love” by Sturgeon.

  14. The problem with making one of these is that you can never finish…you have to keep adding on smaller and smaller Teddy Bear growths…

  15. Wow! I’m really surprised out how many people find Mandelbrot creepy! How could you not love something that can hug you on the molecular level?

  16. Yes. Thats what I want.

    When I first heard about those “Build-A-Bear” stores I thought they actually let kids add the arms, legs and head. What a great opportunity for childish creativity and adult irreverance! Sadly, they just get to dress the damn thing. More programming for the consumer society.

    What a great store it would be if they had bins of arms, legs, eyes, tentacles, horns, tails, etc. All in fuzzy, plushy forms!


  17. I am reminded of the perfect expression of infinity:

    A tattoo on a butt, OF a butt, with a butt tattoed on the tattoo butt.

    I am totally going to get it one day

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