Sunday, March 15, 2009

Who says?

Hey, random thought; who said Humpty Dumpty was a giant egg man? The nursery rhyme says absolutely NOTHING about Humpty Dumpty being a giant egg man.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
And all the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

*pauses to research the origins of Humpty Dumpty*

Well, would you look at that. Apparently the rhyme was supposed to be some sort of lame riddle! I guess it's not entirely lame; "humpty dumpty" is early 19th century slang for a short, clumsy person, as well as a concoction of brandy boiled with ale. But anyway, the answer to the riddle appears to be an egg because certainly a person would not suffer irreparable damage if they fell off a wall.

What a disappointment.

I thought I'd discovered some missing link in today's culture as we know it...

1 comment:

Amy said...

I'm pretty much amazed that you even thought about it - look at you challenging things the rest of society takes for granted. I'm so proud. No - really. It's an accolade to you that you even thought to think about it.