People Are Shocked To Discover Humpty Dumpty Isn't An Egg

Most people are familiar with the children’s nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. If not, it goes like this: 


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, 

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, 

all the King’s horses and all the King’s men 

couldn’t put Humpty together again.


If you’re familiar with the song, it’s likely you’re picturing a giant egg-man creature falling off a wall and cracking, because obviously Humpty Dumpty is an egg, right? Wrong. There's never any mention in the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpty being an egg. Actually, that came about because an illustrator for Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking Glass decided to draw Humpty Dumpty as an egg, and the depiction stuck. Rather than traumatizing kids with a depiction of someone horribly mangled by a nasty fall, it's much better to imagine Humpty Dumpty as an egg. After all, kids are used to eggs being cracked, right?