Why weasels go pop: behind the nursery rhymes
This is one of the neatest things I've read in a long time. For years I've wondered what the olde, olde rhymes meant. They are imbedded in my brain from child hood.
I never came close to guessing the reasons.
(Although the Black Death and Ring around the Rosey made me a little less likely to want to deciper them.)
Here is a link that might be useful: Pop goes the weasel