6 Creepy Facts About Mother Goose Rhymes

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 6 years ago in Entertainment
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The origins of some Mother Goose rhymes are really creepy. How many did you know were based on true stories?
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Male 792
"Sing a song of six pence" is about the plague as well as "Ring around the rosie".
The cost of removing a plague-ridden body from a house hold was six pence.
Those who suffered from the plague would carry rye flowers in their pockets to cover the odour of the plague.
The black birds are reference to the "doctors" who did strange things to stem off the plague (they wore masks with charcoal as air filters...like gas masks, which gave them the appearance of birds, also where the term "quack" for doctor comes from).
The Pie was a nickname for the commoner section of London.
And, while the common people were dying with the plague, and the city was burning, the peasants believed that the royals had nothing better to do than count money and eat honey.
The maid`s nose being "snipped off" is a reference to the sentiments of the people that the plague would ravage the royal family as well.
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Female 63
Humpty Dumpty is claimed to be many things, so to say it`s definitely about a cannon in the English civil war holds about as much water as the original claim of the king does. Along side those two, are claims it was a clumsy person (hence falling off a wall) or that it was an alcoholic drink.
There`s no proof either way, just conjecture, as is with most of the nursery rhymes out there.
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Male 7,123
So many of those were just plain wrong. I almost expected the article to claim that `Sing a Song of Sixpence` was a pirate code.
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Male 2,528
I didn`t take the time to read the entire article for the simple fact that the first one was so incorrect.

Humpty Dumpty wasn`t about a King falling off his horse. That wouldn`t even make sense. The rhyme doesn`t say "Humpty Dumpty sat on a horse", but "on a wall".

Humpty Dumpty was, in fact, a large cannon used during the English Civil War. A cannon that happened to be positioned where? ON A WALL! And the rhyme is about the cannon being crippled during battle. When the King ordered his men to repair the cannon, it was found to be irreparable and was decommissioned.
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Male 2,402
@krisley
There`s so many of them your right. It was Mother Goose yeah I f... her

Ohhhh!!!!!
Long live the Diceman
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Male 526
@Handys, I thought it was: There was an old lady, who lived in a shoe. She had so many kids, her uterus fell out.
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Male 2,402
Jack and Jill went up the hill both with a buck and a quarter. Jill came down with two fifty. Ohhhhh!!!!

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. jack burned off his di....
Ohhhhh!!!!1

Mother Goose she had so many kids her uterus fell out.
Ohhhhhh!!!!

Long live the Diceman.
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Female 1,963
Considering that the ring around the rosie one has been shown to be very unlikely, I doubt the rest are true either.
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Male 25,416
lamest to the max
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Male 629
Lame.
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Male 17,511
These 6 are some of the rather tame ones, There are others. And yes the origins of these are true.
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Male 4,902
prolly bullshyte
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Male 2,121
These are all balls. Crappy wannabe Cracked article.
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Male 12,365
Are *any* of those true?
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Female 2,026
these are myths! watch QI!
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Male 562
"and people get half the words wrong anyone." Well said, sir. I thought it was a neat little read even if people say they`re not accurate. I mean the Bible would be better for tracking down the facts, don`t you think?
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Male 113
This was pretty badly researched. Humpty Dumpty was a cannon, and the ring around the rosy is a myth. The earliest recorded version of the rhyme was in 1790 in Massachusetts, which was `Ring around the rosie, A bottle full of posie, All the girls in our town, Ring for little Josie.`
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Male 40,764
I knew a couple of those.

"There was a crooked man, he walked a crooked mile" is based on a real-life event in British Parliment.
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Male 58
Humpty Dumpty was actually a cannon. Look it up.
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Male 1,440
The Humpty Dumpty pic, is what made me read the rest.
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Female 8,043
Link: 6 Creepy Facts About Mother Goose Rhymes [Rate Link] - The origins of some Mother Goose rhymes are really creepy. How many did you know were based on true stories?
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