Archive | September 6, 2006

3 more days til the L.A. County Fair.

Imagine me running around pulling my hair out.

Book of the Day

Been lazy. I finished this, this weekend. It was better than some no worst than most. Why a bunch of romance writers are writing on magic. Well, I understand about the ones who really are witches but I don;t think I ever watched Charmed thinking I was looking at a romance novel. Ick!

I did enjoy the essay on the physics of witchcraft and how to build a better witch. Oh Well.

Nursery Rhymes

+———- Bizarre Facts About Nursery Rhymes ————+

Humpty Dumpty: According to Katherine Thomas in The Real
Personages of Mother Goose, Humpty Dumpty is 500 years old
and refers to King Richard III of England. In 1483 his reign
ended when he fell from his mount during battle; he was
slain as he stood shouting “My kingdom for a horse!”

Humpty Dumpty: King Richard’s fall made him Humpty Dumpty.
Originally the last line was “Could not set Humpty up again”
– which can be interpreted as either putting him back on his
horse, or back on the throne.

Old King Cole: There was actually a King Cole in Britain
during the third century. No one knows much about him, but
historians agree that he’s the subject of the poem.

Jack be nimble: For centuries, jumping over a candlestick
was a method of fortune-telling in England. According to The
Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes: “A candlestick with a
lighted candle was placed on the floor and if, when jumping
over it, the light was not extinguished, good luck was
supposed to follow during the coming year.”

Ring around the roses: According to James Leasor in The
Plague and the Fire, this “had its origins in the London
Plague of 1664. Rosy refers to the rosy rash of plague…The
posies were herbs and spices carried to ward off the disease;
sneezing was a common symptom of those close to death. In
the Annotated Mother Goose, the authors note that the third
line is often given as a sneezing noise (“At-choo, at-choo”)
and that “‘We all fall down’ was, in a way, exactly what