There are numerous variations on the nursery rhyme "Fuzzy Wuzzy", but one of best known goes: "Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?" There is also a poem by Rudyard Kipling called "Fuzzy Wuzzy," referring not to a bear but to the Beja warriors who fought the British in the Mahdist Revolt of the late 19th century.Know More
The "Fuzzy Wuzzy" nursery rhyme owes its enduring appeal to the clever word play and the trick ending, but the origin of the poem may not be so innocent. The Mahdist Revolt was a colonial war fought between the Madhist Sudanese and the Egyptian and British forces. The nomadic Beja, who fought on the Sudanese side, tended to wear their hair in large mats which earned them the nickname "Fuzzy Wuzzies" among the British.
While Kipling's poem praises the prowess of the Beja fighters and declares them "the finest o' the lot," the nickname likely served as a disparaging term among British soldiers rather than a term of respect. It's not known for certain whether the familiar nursery rhyme was derived directly from the name given to the Beja, but it could certainly have been its original source, according to Readers' Guide.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers
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Contrary to myth and seeming lyrical evidence, the children's nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie" is not a reference to either the physical symptoms or social condition of the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death. The exact origins of the nursery rhyme are difficult to pin down, and though certain parts of the rhyme seem pretty morbid, referencing ashes and mass falling down, which could be seen as a reference to death and cremation, there's no evidence to connect "Ring Around the Rosie" with the Black Death, which took place in Western Europe during the mid 1300s C.E. In fact, multiple versions of the rhyme have been published, some of which don't actually contain the supposed references to the bubonic plague.Full Answer >
While all babies progress through milestones at different paces, most babies sit on their own by seven months of age, according to Baby Center. It is considered a red flag if a child seven months old, or older, cannot sit unassisted.Full Answer >