What Do Humpty Dumpty And An Egg Have In Common?

“No where in ‘Humpty Dumpty’ did it say he was an egg. Maybe your inability to think outside of what others have taught you is what’s keeping you from putting him together again.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

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I hate to say that it never occurred to me why I thought Humpty Dumpty was anthropomorphic egg. The familiar poem 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.”

The earliest known version, published in Samuel Arnold’s Juvenile Amusements in 1797, goes like this:

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
Four-score Men and Four-score more,
Could not make Humpty Dumpty where he was before.”

Posts like this are the result of me spending time (that I do not really have) reading random articles in Wikipedia. Apparently the answer to the original question is that Humpty and the egg have nothing in common other than a few book cover illustrations. Despite that, Humpty’s fame has grown immensely over the years and includes a feature spot in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, uncounted numbers of appearances in movies and songs, and as an example to demonstrate entropy and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Quite a resume for being someone that he is not.

Also, I did not have a relevant picture for this topic so I used this spicebush swallowtail butterfly as a lure.

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10 Comments

  1. The Bible is very similar. I have a feeling that the idea of Heaven and floating on clouds does not occur anywhere and the Devil only a couple of times, in Job and when Jesus is (not) tempted at the top of the mountain. And maybe in Adam and Eve. Exquisite butterfly by the way.

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      1. Many metaphors indeed, however, the historical evidence, including such as the Dead Sea scrolls and the writings of the 1st and 2nd century A.D. church leaders, would indicate that the Maserotic text and Textus Receptus have both made it to this century fairly intact.

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    1. Thank you. I’m not sure about the ‘floating on the clouds’ part either, but Heaven is mentioned a lot in the Gospels and in the Revelation. You will see the Devil a lot in the New Testament as he is alternately referred to as the beast, the dragon and the deceiver. The Devil also goes by the names Lucifer and the Day Star in the Old Testament.

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