Nursery rhymes are filled with safety hazards, write Canadian researchers — facetiously.
Sarah Giles and Sarah Shea, from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, say Humpty Dumpty should have been put on a spinal board immediately after his big fall.
In a satirical letter to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, they added the presence of all the King’s men suggests a “shocking lack of crowd control.”
And what was that baby doing in a treetop?
They also criticise the rhyme about Jack and Jill for vagueness about the children’s injuries and say that foul play could have killed off the old man in It’s Raining it’s Pouring.
Jumping over a candlestick could cause a fire. Wee Willie Winkie risks a fall down the stairs. And Old King Cole really should stop smoking, drinking and, um, fiddling around.
Via Best of the Web.