Kids know the darndest things
December 3, 2006 9:37 AM Subscribe
Where do all those (American?) childhood memes come from? Who wrote the "Miss Lucy had a steamboat" song? Who was the first person to punch people when they saw VW Beetles?
posted by one_bean to society & culture (30 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I, for one, learned most all of it from my older sisters, who were born in the early seventies. My mother has said she recognizes the tune to Miss Lucy, but not the words, indicating it might be a much older children's song, re-invented for different generations. Miss Mary Mac? Tiny Tim? Who are those folks? Where does all this stuff come from? Where can I read more about its origins? (If not too chat-filtery, where did YOU learn this stuff?)