'Cus I'm only interesting in snippets...
* Seeker of the peace
* part time chandelier cleaner
* a legend in my own time
* oppressor of champions
* soldier of fortune
* world traveler
* all around good guy (good girl)
* international lover
* casual hero
* wars fucked
* beers wrestled
* equations solved
* virgins enlightened
* revolutions quelled
* tigers castrated
* orgies organized
* bar quaffed dry
* governments run
* test rockets flown
* life president of the liquitarian society Hawaii
life is a waste of time, time is a waste of life, get wasted all the time, and you’ll have the time of your life!
This nursery rhyme is often misattributed to the the ‘bubonic plague’. It sounds like such an interesting explanation that it is no surprise that this myth continues. I have often been told: “OH it’s all right there in the lyrics….”
That is an interesting notion which in itself kills the theory being as how there are NUMEROUS versions of the song that even with an acid filled pocket full of imagination couldn’t be linked back to disease.
The song was originally set down in print in 1881 in Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes. Now although these rhymes do get created and passed down through oral tradition, it would be ridiculous to expect such a rhyme to have been passed along for the 600+ years that would have been necessary for it to be about the “Black Death” without it ever popping up before and being noted as a popular rhyme. It would antedate Canterbury Tales and we would have seen Middle English ‘ring around the rosie’ rhymes, of which there are none.
On top of this, the symptoms described in the song do not fit with those of the Great Plague. A red mark was not a sign of the plague, so a ‘ring of rosie’ holds no connection. Secondly, bodies were not cremated in the time of the plague (‘ashes, ashes..’), that is a relatively recent practice.
"BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN THEN?" You ask?
Well setting aside the fact that putting meaning to a children’s rhyme is a rather ridiculous practice… the most likely origination they have come up with relates more to Dance then to Disease. There were dancing bans in the US as well as Britain amongst protestants in the eighteenth/nineteenth century. To get around this, adolecents would instead have “play-parties” where they frolicked around in circles without musical accompanyment.
More likely it’s just a bunch of nonsense invented to go along with a silly kid game. Kids understand that…. it’s only adults that feel the need to push forth some dark conspiracy.
His tumblr is called ‘anti-social-networking’.
He’s the guy you bring home to Mum and Dad if you want to guarantee that Mum and Dad have an instantaneous heart attack and all of their alcohol stolen.
Chances are you’ll never ask him to babysit your little niece, and hell, it’s probably best not to trust him with your cute little kitty either.
As long as you have your computer screen barrier to protect you you should be safe to check out some of the funniest short stories I’ve come across in a while. Such stories include:
So yeah… go forth and follow. I know I don’t usually recommend someone till the end of the day, but I doubt I am going to find a blog that makes me laugh as hard.
Check him out, Chris Hansen already is.