so while walking around New York City and interviewing people for a friend’s anthropology project, I met Dylan and Cole Sprouse.
we went into a diner to stop for lunch and they were sitting a few tables away from us. so i asked really awkwardly if i could ask them a few questions for our project while they waited for their food, and they invited me to sit down with them.
they immediately launched into a sarcastic, rapid-fire, back-and-forth banter that i could hardly keep up without laughing my ass off. it was awesome. they were awesome. dear tumblr i just want to tell you that i sat down in a diner with the Sprouse twins and they were absolutely awesome.
That Mysterious “S” Thing We Used to Draw (by the1janitor)
We used to draw this as kids and it’s always confused me. It still really bothers me tbh.
This is really creepy tbh.
yeah we used to draw these! around 2002. at the time i was told it was like the slipknot logo but now i know it’s totally not. but we did used to get in trouble for drawing them.
we never got in trouble with them. I had them all over my school planner lol.
(We did call them ‘super S’)
There’s this awesome book I read called ‘The People in the Playground’ which concerns the observations of an anthropologist on children’s folklore: the stuff that kids independently teach one another in school yards and playgrounds that has no real connection to adult lore and media. This is a great example of it, as are hand clapping and jump rope verses.
If you can finish the lines “Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack all dressed in black black black…” or ‘Hinky Pinky Ponky, Daddy had a donkey…”or “Miss Suzy had a steamboat…” or “Engine Engine number nine…”
stop and think about where you learned them.
It probably wasn’t from an adult or out of a book or in any formal way. It was from another kid; someone a grade ahead of you or someone’s older sibling or something. Who learned it the same way.
This is CHILD lore. Sometimes a fad will come and go in a single age cohort, sometimes it’ll last for generations. It’s kind of awesome.
The idea of child lore and a distinct child culture is really interesting, especially when you consider that children have a few traditions that go back hundreds of years.
For example: did you ever play “Quaker’s meeting?” Quaker’s meeting has begun, no more laughter, no more fun…that dates back two centuries.
And of course there’s “Ring around the rosie,” which goes all the way back to the time of the black plague.
Children pass these things down among themselves as part of a legacy they lack the context to fully understand; but you could say the same thing about most adult traditions. That unbroken chain of shared knowledge connects their play to the play of children from hundreds of years ago, without any adult input or encouragement.
I’m fascinated by the regional variations in child lore. It’s like everyone seems to know the same basic thing, but which version they know depends on where they grew up. For example, the verse “Down by the riverside of hanky panky…” here in Georgia is pretty different from where I grew up in Louisiana. After I moved here, I remember getting lost when my friends sang the extra parts we didn’t have in Louisiana. I guess it’s a bit like learning to speak a language with an accent.
that’s nothing, these rhymes are international. Wikipedia has a whole article on them.
A lot seem to be corruptions of adult songs, like drinking songs, or even ditties sung in victorian parlour games! So kids overhear them, but don’t remember them right, and they just get passed on. Then again, some are originally from films, such as “down down baby” Others are rhymes about the current issues their parents worry about, ie: (as we called it) ring a ring a rosie.
the Miss Mary/Suzy/Lucy had a steamboat ones are the most interesting because they change with both time and location, adding and taking away verses, changing names, and even the price of the ginger ale changes from 2 and 6 (imperial) to 5 cents to 40!
Well yeah, g***y is a slur, but how else is Disney supposed to explain what Esmeralda is? Nobody knows what g***ies call themselves. If you say to a kid, ‘oh, it’s a g***y,’ they’ll know what you’re talking about. It’s just the way things are.
Sophomore English major
Ok, this is a true story. I’m teaching the book Holes right now. One of the characters (Madame Zeroni) is referred to as a Gy*sy in the book a few times.
So I took a moment to comment on how that’s a really outdated and not good way to refer to Romani people.
I had a student who was confused. Because they didn’t know that Romani were real people. They honestly believed that “Gy*sies* were fictional like witches or wizards.
I literally had to tell a child that Romani are REAL PEOPLE.
Yeah. Those stereotypical portrayals of Romani do have real affects on people.
The police just came to my door and gave me the worst news of my life. My baby was euthanized today. They told me they had no information on the person who was “bitten”. All they acted on was a picture sent to them. My baby is gone because someone didn’t like us having him.
We won’t be on tumblr, possibly ever again.
This is heartbreaking and I encourage Vader’s owners to seek legal action when they are ready.
I normally don’t post about stuff like this in tumblr but this is a true injustice, not to mention incredibly illegal.
It’s after hours for this particular state’s animal and health department, but I encourage all of you to take a moment and call these numbers and express how wrong this is.
(701) 220 5194
(701) 220 0092
(701) 202 6251
Please be polite; the person on the other end of the line, odds are, is not the one who made the decision. They are representatives and they should be regarded with respect.
//Signal boosting. I feel so horrible for Vader’s owners. I agree with Autobot-lolo, be polite. Don’t scream and curse and be belligerent. Be firm, polite, and insistent, and ask for facts and citations (was there a police report? Can a copy be purchased?).
Don’t allow this go to unremarked. This could be anyone’s pet, be it a fox, a German Shepherd, Doberman, or Pit Bull, or even a housecat or horse. The police took Vader on the 20th, and he was euthanized on the 21st. That’s very, very quick turnaround time, especially for a government agency. I find it very worrisome, and that it sets a dangerous precedence. Contacting the agencies will not bring Vader back, of course, but if all of us here on Tumblr can keep it from happening to someone else, I think that’s worthwhile.
This is so wrong. I am so sorry Tara I can’t even imagine the pain and grief you are going through. This just makes me feel so numb. This poor baby was ripped from his home and unfairly given a death sentence before he even has a chance to be defended. I hope legal action is taken and that whoever made this false report enjoys a special place in hell waiting for them.
Please, please, please signal boost this as much as you can. Call, email, write, whatever — just try to get some justice for Vader and his family. Unfortunately, it won’t reunite them but hopefully can prevent this from happening again.
This is absolute bullshit. Those officers went entirely against protocol. Not only does the owner need to be contacted, but actual evidence needs to be obtained (and a hearing held) before a dog can be euthanized for a biting incident that allegedly occurred without any witnesses.
Yo that’s fucked up.
This nigga musta been high as fuck
My best bud leaf. Leaf you guys. His best BUD is LEAF. I think he’s trying to tell us something here
once I asked my English teacher if teachers shipped their students and after explaining what shipping meant she told me that that is literally one of the most popular discussions in the staff room
I had an English teacher who thought these two students were nice together, so she made them partners on a project.
They got married.