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Did you know that … the original nursery rhyme went like this?

Posted by Schnecke on September 2, 2007

Well,  It’s about time I started to post about one of my favourite subjects… Trivia about TV shows and films. And this first ‘Trivia’ post is about one of the many hilarious gags of that wonderful show Friends … Ah! So many good laughs!!

In ‘The One with the Thumb’ (Chapter 1.3 of Friends) Phoebe sings a nursery rhyme that is supposed to go as follows …

 There was a crooked man

Who had a crooked smile

Who lived in a shoe

For a while …

 As I am not a native speaker of English I do not know if that nursery rhyme is quite/a bit/very famous for native speakers. From the puzzled look on Ross’ face we see that Phoebe doesn’t remember the words of the song properly (or else, remembers her own version of the rhyme, learnt from her mother before she killed herself? from the famous ‘albino guy’ she lived with before he also killed himself?…?)

These are the TWO original songs that gave way to ‘The Crooked Man Who lived in a Shoe’:

There was a Crooked Man 

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

There was an old Woman who lived in a shoe 

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do!
So she gave them some broth without any bread,
And she whipped them all soundly and sent them to bed!

Not exactly smooth the words of those old nursery rhymes … but that’s off the topic.

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