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Nursery Rhymes: A Literal Interpretation


I don’t think anyone has ever heard a nursery rhyme without thinking, “What? The bough broke? That’s got to hurt.”

So I was highly amused to see this story by Sarah Schmelling in a recent update to McSweeney’s literary web site, offering a literal interpretation of some childhood favorites.

Here’s a few gems.

“What do you mean, she’ll get here “when she comes”? That’s not a time. How can I plan around that?” 


“You are not a little teapot, honey. You’ve just got my hips. I’m sorry.” 

Find some more over at McSweeney’s here.

— Mike @ Cry It Out!

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