Another theory of the origin of this rhyme dates all the way back to 1014, in the times of Olaf II of Norway. The story goes that the king deliberately destroyed the bridge, though many historians believe it never happened.
Still, in a 19th-century Norse translation, it says, “London Bridge is broken down. — Gold is won, and bright renown. Shields resounding, War-horns sounding, Hild is shouting in the din! Arrows singing, Mail-coats ringing —Odin makes our Olaf win!”
London Bridge is Falling Down
Everyone who grew up in the English-speaking world knows this rhyme, which is also known as "My Fair Lady," or simply "London Bridge." It has catchy lyrics and a catchy tune now, and although no one is certain of its meanings, it is based on a dark past and some troubled times.
One theory is that it revolves around the bridge being majorly damaged in 1633 and again in 1666. But another explanation is much, much darker.
Many speculate that the rhyme is referring to a process called immurement, which caused some poor souls to be entombed within the bridge during its reconstruction.
Some thought that, without a guard, the bridge would perish again, so they buried people within it so they could always look over it. There is no proof that these bodies exist, but there’s no proof they don’t, either.
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
While it may not seem so terrible right off the bat, there’s a lot to be said for this nursery rhyme, which seems to come off as an ad for antinatalism.
As if living in an old shoe isn’t bad enough, doing so while single-handedly trying to populate the planet has got to be exhausting. She has “so many children she doesn’t know what to do,” – and that included when it came time to feed the people she created.
Written by the famous imaginary author, Mother Goose, the poem was first published in 1794 and explores the daily lives of a struggling family.
Some say that it alluded to the eight children of monarchs King George II and Queen Caroline, though they certainly had the means, if not will, to take care of their offspring. But then, what about control of Parliament?