Speed Bump by Dave Coverly for February 10, 2010

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    Colt9033  over 13 years ago

    I don’t get it.

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    pearlandpeach  over 13 years ago

    Thanks, I thought it was just me as I don’t get it either.

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    illuminatedillusion  over 13 years ago

    I also don’t get it but it must be something to do with the children’s nursery rhyme.

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    grapfhics  over 13 years ago

    Let the pet out! Now!

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    eardroppings  over 13 years ago

    This may be the first Speed Bump I don’t get. I’m guessing this is some local thing that people do in Mr. Coverly’s area of the country that no one else knows about.

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    rdh288  over 13 years ago

    I got it, but it’s not funny because I didn’t know the poem. If it was familiar, this would probably be really good.

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    Digital Frog  over 13 years ago

    It’s referring to a rhyme that parents do with little kids. The version I remember is: Round and round the garden, find the teddy bear (drawing circles on the childs palm) One step, two step (walking fingers up the childs arm) And we find him under there (tickling under the arm).

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    Smiley Rmom  over 13 years ago

    Never heard this rhyme before. Thanks, Digital Frog. I wonder what the origin of this rhyme is - what culture/region is it from?

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    jtviper7  over 13 years ago

    It’s easy… The teddy just came in from the garden… Dirty feet…. No need to let him out. He just came in

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    lazygrazer  over 13 years ago

    I sure hope those are just teddybear tracks he’s leaving behind.

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    DorianKTB  over 13 years ago

    I’m surprised so many of you didn’t get the joke. Maybe they need to add nursery rhymes to college curricula! :-)

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    MatureCanadian  over 13 years ago

    Rmom, I think it’s probably British origin. I loved this one as a kid and my kids loved it too. Everything is real to a child so of course the bear is real too.

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    notinksanymore Premium Member over 13 years ago

    DorianKTB–I took a really great lit class that covered (among other things) the historical basis of nursery rhymes. “Ring around the Rosie” is all about the bubonic plague, for example. It was fascinating! We did not cover the teddy bear rhyme though :-)

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    jpozenel  over 13 years ago

    I try not to think too hard or long on these things.

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    eardroppings  over 13 years ago

    I think it’s clear from these posts….it’s not a well-known verse, but I’m sure for those who know it … it works.

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    lorelei6361  over 13 years ago

    Nver heard of this one either. I see a research grant in the offing.

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    vldazzle  over 13 years ago

    I figured it must be a newer version. Mine was about a “wee mouse - up a bit, up a bit, into wee house” (done with a Scottish accent by my great aunt). I DID understand that Teddy got paws dirty in the garden though, so that works! Cute!

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    pschearer Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Notinksanymore: Wikipedia offers several reasons to doubt the plague theory of “Ring Around the Rosie”. But it’s probably one of those things we’ll never know.

    As for the nursery game in this cartoon, it is completely new to me. I wonder how many more of these things are floating around out there. (If Diana wants a research grant, try the Office of Spending Other People’s Money.)

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    g.iangoodson  over 13 years ago

    Round and round the garden Like a Teddy bear One step, two step Tickle you under there.

    To my certain knowledge, at least 50 years old. UK version.

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