290 - Humpty Dumpty

14th Oct 2010, 6:00 AM in Before the Landfill
Humpty Dumpty
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Tim 14th Oct 2010, 6:00 AM edit delete
Tim
Most fairytales have some sort of grain of truth, part of an actual true story in them, that they were based on, and made suitable for kids from.
Well, at no point in the Humpty Dumpty nursery ryhme, does it actually specify that Humpty Dumpty is an egg. This is just an assumption made by the illustrators afterwards that's stuck. So, there's a distinct possibility that this started out as someone explaining to their kid what happened when some guy fell off something big, and splattered all over the floor.

After all, if your kid just saw someone fall from a massive height and hit the floor, how would you explain it to them?

So the answer to the question "was that really about an anthropomorphic egg originally?" is "Probably not."

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pantstall 14th Oct 2010, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
pantstall
I never thought about that...