"A bear walked into a bar" -- read the winner of our joke contest

"Are giant bears walking through downtown Colorado Springs?" asked a nitwitted FoxNews anchor last week, after video of the dumpster-diving bruin outside of the Edelweiss German Restaurant in Colorado Springs aired for the umpteenth time on the network. And Fox wasn't alone; the schnitzel-hunting bear became an instant celebrity around the globe, thanks to this video:

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But he wasn't the first bear to drop by a Front Range restaurant this summer. Just two weeks earlier, a bear had walked into Lonigan's Saloon in Estes Park, as captured on this video:

That visit inspired a Show and Tell contest to come up with the best "A bear walks into a bar" joke.

The winner? And oldie but a goodie from c_pa04:

A bear walks into a bar. Then he sits down and orders a beer.

The bartender, amazed that this bear can actually talk, gives him a beer.

The bear says, "What do I owe you?"

The bartender stops and thinks for a moment.

"Even though this bear is smart," thinks the bartender, "he probably hasn't been in many bars."

So the bartender says, "That'll be ten dollars."

The bear forks over the money and starts drinking his beer.

After a few minutes, the bartender can't restrain his curiosity, so he walks back over to the bear and tries to strike up a conversation.

"You know, we don't get many bears in this bar."

The bear looks up from his beer and says, "Well, at ten bucks a beer, I'm not surprised."

Read all of the other contenders here.

And C_pa04, send your e-mail address to cafe@westword.com, and we'll tell you how to claim your prize.

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