The story behind 6 of the creepiest nursery rhyme lines

It7;s a lucky babe who is sung to sleep a nursery rhyme, soothing and rhythmic, just a mother’s heartbeat. And the rhymes date back centuries. Still, "for popularity, most of us don’t know what the heck we’re singing about," noted Emily Frost in Babble. "There was old lady who lived in a shoe? What!? To make matters worse, we’re singing them with children who are at the height of inquisitive and persistent phase, as in, ‘Why? Why? why?’" Every now and then, it’s refreshing to join the little ones in a good bit of curiosity. Before chanting another rhyme about animals who may or may have any wool or pockets that are full of posies, let’s review some lyrics and their origins. Just what do those weird old nursery rhymes mean? First off, there are the purely bizarre. Kids don’t have to grow up and read Alice In Wonderland for outright strange sequences. when there’s Hey Diddle, Diddle , a nursery rhyme that can be traced back to 1500s England and may be a reference to the scandal between Queen Elizabeth I and her "lap dog," Robert Dudley the Earl […]

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