245: Hay Diddle, Diddle

Nursery rhymes are nothing but cute and innocent ditties that we sing to babies. At least, this is what we are told. Sadly, the truth is much darker. If you doubt this truth, take a look at the real meaning behind this classic rhyme. 


Hay Diddle, Diddle!

The discussion in this line centers around the frighteningly low supply of hay which has been stored up during a serious summer drought. 

The cat and the fiddle,

Cats eat mice. When the mice are gone the cat is left with little alternative but to screech like a bad fiddle. 

The cow jumped over the moon;

The cow, lacking proper nutrients due to the absence of hay, decides to take matters into her own hands. Not finding any food on the earth she decides to try for the sky. 

The little dog laughed

The sociopathic tendencies of this small dog need no commentary. 

To see such fun,

We see a cow taking extreme measures to fight for her survival. Inspiring? Yes. Fun? I’m not convinced. 

And the dish ran away with the spoon.

If times are so bad that cows are leaving earth you probably should too. If you do the stupid thing, and decide to stick around, don’t expect to eat. 


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