Claim: An Urban Myths board game fell for a joke about Blackbeard’s using a nursery rhyme to recruit fellow pirates.
Origins: When we published our fictional “Pocket Full of Wry” article several years
about buccaneers’ belting out the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence” in taverns as a covert method of recruiting fellow
would grow such a pair of legs.
The piece was created as a spoof of the fervently believed notion that many nursery rhymes (such as “Ring Around the Rosie“) encode hidden messages and as an object lesson in the pitfalls of
We thought this one had run its course, so imagine our surprise when a friend recently presented us with a gift of the
We noted with sardonic amusement the card that immediately followed this one in the deck:
Last updated: 2 November 2013