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31st Jul '16 12:45:57 PM nombretomado
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* DCComics supervillain Solomon Grundy is named after a nursery rhyme; "Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday..."

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* DCComics Creator/DCComics supervillain Solomon Grundy is named after a nursery rhyme; "Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday..."
18th Jan '16 9:57:46 PM Scorpion451
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Modern lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. These assertions are UrbanLegends. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, but it's quite obvious that most of them are nonsense rhymes that never made much sense. NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).

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Modern lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. These assertions are UrbanLegends. While that particular example is most likely {{Urban Legend|s}}, debate continues for others. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, but it's quite obvious that most of them and many are in all likelyhood nonsense rhymes that never made much sense. There are, however, more firmly rooted examples demonstrating that this can be TruthInTelevision. "There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe", for instance:

--> There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
--> She had so many children, she didn't know what to do;
--> She gave them some broth without any bread;
--> Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

Not only is the rhyme itself openly dark, but its second printed appearance[[note]] in 1797, the first printed appearance being in 1794, with predating references indicating that it existed as oral tradition long before that.[[/note]] documents an additional, even darker and stranger couplet. Its wording hints at a Shakespearean-era origin, and bolsters a suspicion among folklorists that it has a lost political or allegorical meaning as well:

--> Then out went th' old woman to bespeak 'em a coffin,
--> And when she came back, she found 'em all a-loffeing[[note]]laughing uproarously[[/note]]

NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).
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18th Jan '16 11:47:06 AM LordGro
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Modern lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. Debate continues on to what extent this and other such interpretations are {{Urban Legend|s}}. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, and many are in all likelyhood nonsense rhymes that never made much sense, but there are also firmly established examples demonstrating that this can be TruthInTelevision. For instance, children in the US are often familiar with a little ditty about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden Lizzie Borden]]:

--> ''Lizzie Borden took an axe''
--> ''And gave her mother forty whacks.''
--> ''When she saw what she had done,''
--> ''She gave her father forty-one.''

NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).

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Modern lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. Debate continues on to what extent this and other such interpretations These assertions are {{Urban Legend|s}}. UrbanLegends. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, and many but it's quite obvious that most of them are in all likelyhood nonsense rhymes that never made much sense, but there are also firmly established examples demonstrating that this can be TruthInTelevision. For instance, children in the US are often familiar with a little ditty about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden Lizzie Borden]]:

--> ''Lizzie Borden took an axe''
--> ''And gave her mother forty whacks.''
--> ''When she saw what she had done,''
--> ''She gave her father forty-one.''

sense. NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).



* Several nursey rhyme characters appear in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' and even more in the spinoff ''JackOfFables''.

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* Several nursey nursery rhyme characters appear in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' and even more in the spinoff ''JackOfFables''.
17th Jan '16 8:46:03 PM Scorpion451
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Modern hearsay lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. These assertions are UrbanLegends. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, but it's quite obvious that most of them are nonsense rhymes that never made much sense. NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).

to:

Modern hearsay lore often attributes macabre and horrifying "origin stories" to nursery rhymes; the most widespread possibly being that "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about [[TheBlackDeath the plague]]. These assertions Debate continues on to what extent this and other such interpretations are UrbanLegends. {{Urban Legend|s}}. The origins of most nursery rhymes are simply not known, but it's quite obvious that most of them and many are in all likelyhood nonsense rhymes that never made much sense. sense, but there are also firmly established examples demonstrating that this can be TruthInTelevision. For instance, children in the US are often familiar with a little ditty about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lizzie_Borden Lizzie Borden]]:

--> ''Lizzie Borden took an axe''
--> ''And gave her mother forty whacks.''
--> ''When she saw what she had done,''
--> ''She gave her father forty-one.''

NewerThanTheyThink also often applies to this, with people sometimes attributing much older meanings to nursery rhymes that are much more recent ("Pop Goes The Weasel" for example is thought to only be about 150 years old).
13th Sep '15 4:56:02 PM nombretomado
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* Jack Spratt of Jasper Fforde's ''NurseryCrime'' books is himself a nursery rhyme figure and runs across several others. (Though his ambit includes {{Fairy Tale}}s as well.)

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* Jack Spratt of Jasper Fforde's ''NurseryCrime'' ''Literature/NurseryCrime'' books is himself a nursery rhyme figure and runs across several others. (Though his ambit includes {{Fairy Tale}}s as well.)
6th Sep '15 5:44:41 PM nombretomado
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* In NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', nursery rhymes contain great secrets. One character jeers at the way ordinary people recite them to babies.
* NeilGaiman's short story "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds" humorously places Mother Goose characters in a parody of crime noir, as "Little" Jack Horner, private eye, attempts to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty.

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* In NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', nursery rhymes contain great secrets. One character jeers at the way ordinary people recite them to babies.
* NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman's short story "The Case of the Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds" humorously places Mother Goose characters in a parody of crime noir, as "Little" Jack Horner, private eye, attempts to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty.
29th Apr '15 6:36:48 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''FrankAndErnest'', when dealing with FairyTale characters, such figures as Little Bo-Peep also appear.
* And ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'' does it too, naturally.
* {{Mutts}} has a book club; a goose, one reader, resorts to nursery rhymes quite often.

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* In ''FrankAndErnest'', ''ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest'', when dealing with FairyTale characters, such figures as Little Bo-Peep also appear.
* And ''MotherGooseAndGrimm'' ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' does it too, naturally.
* {{Mutts}} ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' has a book club; a goose, one reader, resorts to nursery rhymes quite often.



* ''Thief: Deadly Shadows'' contains several nursery rhymes, all of them rather disturbing (and accurate foreshadowing).
* ''Dead Space'' has the very very very creepy singing of ''Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'' in it.

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* ''Thief: Deadly Shadows'' ''VideoGame/ThiefDeadlyShadows'' contains several nursery rhymes, all of them rather disturbing (and accurate foreshadowing).
* ''Dead Space'' ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' has the very very very creepy singing of ''Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'' in it.
29th Mar '15 9:19:54 PM nombretomado
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* Several nursey rhyme characters appear in ''{{Fables}}'' and even more in the spinoff ''JackOfFables''.

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* Several nursey rhyme characters appear in ''{{Fables}}'' ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' and even more in the spinoff ''JackOfFables''.
24th Mar '15 5:37:12 PM Adept
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* One episode of USAcres had [[InkSuitActor Aloysius]] [[KevinMeaney Pig]] asking the cast to do some of these. Towards the end, they make up their own nursery rhyme about Aloysius.

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* One episode of USAcres ComicStrip/USAcres had [[InkSuitActor Aloysius]] [[KevinMeaney [[Creator/KevinMeaney Pig]] asking the cast to do some of these. Towards the end, they make up their own nursery rhyme about Aloysius.
24th Feb '15 11:07:23 AM TheUnsquished
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* In ''{{Sinfest}}'',

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* In ''{{Sinfest}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'',



* In ''{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-35/#.T2-Bydm6SuI Maid Maleen ends with peasant girls singing such a verse, inspired by her tale.]]
* In ''BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1625491/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-31/ a villain derides Jared as "Little Boy Blue".]]

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* In ''{{Erstwhile}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-35/#.T2-Bydm6SuI Maid Maleen ends with peasant girls singing such a verse, inspired by her tale.]]
* In ''BlueYonder'', ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1625491/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-31/ a villain derides Jared as "Little Boy Blue".]]
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