Ring Around The Rosie. This rhyme dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665. The symptoms of bubonic plague included a rosy red ring-shaped rash, which inspired the first line. It was believed that the disease was carried by bad smells, so people frequently carried pockets full of fresh herbs, or "posies." The "ashes, ashes" line is believed to refer to the cremation of the bodies of those who died from the plague.
51 Historical Facts That Are Totally Messed Up | 8. After Pope Gregory IX associated cats with devil worship, cats throughout Europe were exterminated in droves. 9. This sudden lack of cats lead to the spread of disease because infected rats ran free. The most devastating of these diseases, The Bubonic Plague, killed 100 million people.
Nowadays going to university comes with a health warning on your bank account, except of course if you’re a rich kid like Davie. Study hard, save your money, and after several years of hard work you too can be homeless but still owe as much as having a mortgage and if you’re really lucky a job making coffee in a branch of Starbucks – a company which managed to avoid paying any corporation tax at all between 2009 and 2013