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Old 06-13-2012, 07:03 AM
Colophon Colophon is offline
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A bean, a bean, a half a bean...

"A bean, a bean, a half a bean, a bean and a half and a bean." I found my wife singing this at our daughter the other day, and seeing me go she explained that that was how many beans make five, of course.

Of course. But where the heck does it come from? I've Googled and found lots of examples with slightly different wordings, but no explanation of the origin. Any ideas, and has anyone else heard of this?
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:13 AM
Novelty Bobble Novelty Bobble is offline
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I have no idea, but I recall my sergeant in DLI cadets teaching it to us aged 14 as we walked across the Cumbrian moors.

Except I was taught.....

"two beans, half a bean, two half-beans a bean and a half-bean" YBMV of course.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:52 AM
Qadgop the Mercotan Qadgop the Mercotan is offline
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Makes me think of Eric the half a bee.

"Half a bee, philosophically, must ipso facto half not be. But half the bee has got to be, vis--vis its entity - d'you see? But can a bee be said to be or not to be an entire bee when half the bee is not a bee, due to some ancient injury?"
Sorry, that's all I've got.
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