I’m not sure if the idea that menstruation attracts bears was around before the Anchorman movie, but ever since Brick Tamland came out and fearfully said that he was afraid of Veronica’s periods attracting bears, it’s been an accepted fact:
But was Ed really putting the whole station in jeopardy by hiring Veronica? Scientists went out to test this urban myth by fishing for bears with bloody tampons on the end of a fishing line and found…that bears don’t give a shit.
Contrary to internet legend, the bears weren’t even slightly interested in the sanitary products.
The scientists concluded that women can camp in the woods safely, no matter what time of the month it is.
Researchers presented 15 used tampons all from different women to groups of 5 adult black male bears that were feeding in a garbage dump, and not a single bear gave a single shit. The scientists also analyzed reports of bear attacks for evidence of whether or not the bears targeted women on their periods…and they also found that the bears, yet again, did not give a fuck.
The researchers said, ‘Menstrual odors were essentially ignored by black bears of all ages and either sex, regardless of season or the bear’s reproductive status. In an extensive review of black bear attacks across North America, we found no instance of black bears attacking or being attracted to menstruating women
So the next time you’re camping in the woods with your girlfriend and a bear comes up and wrecks the shit out of your campsite, you now know that it wasn’t because your girlfriend was on her period, it was because it’s a goddamn BEAR and it’ll do whatever the hell it wants, whenever the hell it wants.