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6 Creepy Facts About Mother Goose Rhymes

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Male, 30-39, Canada
 794 Posts
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:49:27 AM
"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.

Female, 30-39, Europe
 64 Posts
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:55:47 AM
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.

Male, 60-69, Europe
 5675 Posts
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:02:40 AM
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.

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2513 Posts
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:33:47 AM
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.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 2402 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 8:26:37 PM
There's so many of them your right. It was Mother Goose yeah I f... her

Long live the Diceman

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 524 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 7:07:07 PM
@Handys, I thought it was: There was an old lady, who lived in a shoe. She had so many kids, her uterus fell out.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 2402 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 6:31:50 PM
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....

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

Long live the Diceman.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 1969 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 5:14:22 PM
Considering that the ring around the rosie one has been shown to be very unlikely, I doubt the rest are true either.

Male, 30-39, Australia
 25262 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 4:00:29 PM
lamest to the max

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 393 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 3:20:50 PM

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 2:53:04 PM
These 6 are some of the rather tame ones, There are others. And yes the origins of these are true.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 4801 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 2:19:41 PM
prolly bullshyte

Male, 18-29, Europe
 2137 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 2:16:22 PM
These are all balls. Crappy wannabe Cracked article.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 12386 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 1:37:02 PM
Are *any* of those true?

Female, 18-29, Europe
 2042 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 1:19:49 PM
these are myths! watch QI!

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 564 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 1:11:19 PM
"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?

Male, 13-17, Europe
 113 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:37:18 PM
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.'

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29097 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:23:14 PM
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.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 58 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:05:27 PM
Humpty Dumpty was actually a cannon. Look it up.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1369 Posts
Monday, May 16, 2011 11:20:34 AM
The Humpty Dumpty pic, is what made me read the rest.

Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1631 Posts
Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:32:10 PM
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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