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January 20, 2010 7:56 AM Subscribe
What is the origin of "Mama had a baby and her head popped off"?
posted by Eicats to Society & Culture (30 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The other day, I was reminded of this fun little activity that we used to do when we were kids. You pluck a dandelion, chant "mama had a baby and her head popped off" and briskly pop the flower top of its stem. Fun and quite satisfying! But now I'm wondering where that came from. It's kind of like the ring-around-the-rosie macabre, but I can't find anything online about its origins.
And the saying is a little unclear: who's head pops off? the mother's? the baby's?
Can someone tell me where this originated? And why it is especially used with dandelions?