A comparative phrase meaning more/less, better/worse, etc., than the average person or thing.
Originates from the animated character Yogi Bear, whose catchphrase is that he is “smarter than the average bear.” He’s certainly tougher than the average bear.
Who is smarter than the average bear?
What is the smartest type of bear?
“Bears may be the most intelligent of the North American mammals according to their brain structure, the experience of animal trainers, and tests at the Psychology Department of the University of Tennessee. Grizzly bear mothers spend 1½ to 3½ years showing their cubs where and how to obtain food.
What was Yogi Bear’s favorite saying?
Besides often speaking in rhyme, Yogi Bear had a number of catchphrases, including his pet name for picnic baskets (“pic-a-nic baskets”) and his favorite self-promotion (“I’m smarter than the av-er-age bear!”), although he often overestimates his own cleverness.
Are bears or dogs smarter?
Cats and brown bears have similar smarts, even though bears’ brains are about 10 times larger, according to the study. The researchers found that a golden retriever has more neurons than a hyena, lion of brown bear, even though the other animals’ brains are up to three times larger than the dog’s.