Well I’ll Be Hornswaggled!


BGOBGAI! Quickie:

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Well, looks like someone got the better of your dear El Presidente of Birubegja (namely me)!  There I was, happy to believe the the old nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosie” was tied forever to the “fact” that the lyrics to the children’s song directly referred to the Black Death…otherwise known as the Bubonic Plague…

Ring Around the Rosie (victims of the plague developed a red rash around scars of the plague)
A Pocket Full of Posies (Kept in one’s pocket to avoid the smell of death)
Ashes! Ashes! (Burn the bodies once they are dead)
We all fall down (You’re deader than New Coke)

Sounds great, right? Perfect. Cut! Print!

Wait one sec…it’s full of crap. Here’s the real translation…

Ring Around the Rosie (Bunch of boring, but healthy kids, holding hands, dancing in a circle)
A Pocket Full of Posies (They didn’t have video games back then…or TV…so picking flowers was sooooo much fun…but since’ they are dancing in a a circle and holding other kids hands, they stuffed the flowers in their pockets).
Ashes! Ashes! (The real lyrics are Hush! Hush! (and not Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte…an old but very good movie).
We All Fall Down (Literally…bunch of snot-nosed brats falling down while holding hands. That’s it!)

Killjoy!

Source: http://www.snopes.com/language/literary/rosie.asp

Published by Alan Reese

Greetings blog wanderers and seekers of truth, or whatever truth appears to be from the mind of a warped individual. You have reached the inner sanctum of some guy named Alan. Having graduated college sometime shortly after the Earth cooled, he finds himself in his late 30's and working out in the real world. His humor is dry and his outlook not so serious and somehow has picked up the nasty habit of writing about himself in the third person. He is married with child and loves his family, sports and, of course, his beloved video games...likelihood of his growing up? Not good. Are you an established site or magazine looking for a writer? Drop me a line if you are interested.

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