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Pop Goes the Weasel: The Secret Meanings of Nursery Rhymesby Albert Jack
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From the international bestselling author of Red Herrings and White Elephants—a curious guide to the hidden histories of classic nursery rhymes.
Who was Mary Quite Contrary, or Georgie Porgie? How could Hey Diddle Diddle offer an essential astronomy lesson? Do Jack and Jill actually represent the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? And if Ring Around the Rosie isn’t about the plague, then what is it really about?
This book is a quirky, curious, and sometimes sordid look at the truth behind popular nursery rhymes that uncovers the strange tales that inspired them—from Viking raids to political insurrection to smuggling slaves to freedom.
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Have you heard the one about
Walt Disneys frozen body?
Coca-Cola owning Santa Claus?
Alligators living in New York City sewers?
We all love a good story. But where do the urban legends, conspiracy theories, and old wives tales we hear every day really originate? Albert Jack explores the best, strangest, and funniest of the tales so many of us take as gospel, and uncovers some eye-popping true stories that are even more far-fetched than their mythical counterparts. From Robin Hood to JFKs brain, from hamsters under carpets to mysterious travelers, youll never be short of a scary or bizarre anecdote again.
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Albert Jack is a writer and researcher.,
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