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 wrote some comments in the tags, but I’m putting them in the post instead, because this is fascinating.
Does anyone know this rhyme, or a variation of it?:
“My mother and your mother were hanging up clothes,
My mother punched your mother right in the nose.
What color was the blood?”
(It was one of those eeny-meeny-miny-moe games)
(Speaking of, eeny-meeny-miny-moe has been around forever.)
I sang a variation of it when I was little. I’ve heard kids still singing it today.
I found a website that lists it as going as far back as 1976, but I googled further. It was published in a book called Jump-The-Rope Jingles in 1961.
My mom could have sung this. And kids are still singing it today.
And my grandmother, and probably her mom as well, sang some variation of eeny-meeny-miny-moe.
This is intense.
WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?
NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN
IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!
WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!
VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!
I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.
Don’t forget we have to wake up Green Day tomorrow.
There need to be more gay hugs. No wait, hear me out.
In gay movies, there’s not enough cuddling. Sure, there’s kissing, and there’s sex, but the hugging and cuddling is often skipped over or significantly reduced.
Even in movies like Latter Days or But I’m A Cheerleader, you only get maybe a minute of hand-holding or cuddling. Shelter is a bit better, with a short montage of cuddling, but that’s only two minutes long. (Though even then, the film contains more hugging than most of the others.)
Can’t we just get some decent gay hugs in our media?
I really really need to practice violin
but my brain is fuzzy and I’m still coughing myself to death, and I just can’t with life right now
but my mom’s going to yell at me if I don’t practice violin, and then she’ll stop letting me take lessons
and I don’t know what to do
#starfleet issue command tops are made of cobwebs and the dreams of small children (via damespock)
guys, you know what this means??
Me when I see one leaf turn vaguely orange