#2 Nursery rhymes have the same tune! 😯

Why do Twinkle twinkle, ABCD Alphabet song and Baba black sheep sound the same?

#2 Nursery rhymes have the same tune! 😯
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Welcome to the 2nd edition of our fun + informative newsletter!
We are here to add some light to your mid-week with some interestinggg trivia✨

Every Wednesday, we share:

  • 🤯 A WOAHHH! fact
  • 💭 A Quiz for you (with the answer at the end)
  • 🤗 An Update about us
  • ❤️ A Comment that made our week

BIGGGG thank you for all your love on the 1st edition. Our email inbox, YT comments, Insta DMs were so full of lovely messages :)

In case you missed the First edition of this newsletter, you can read it here.

Time for today's fun ride:

🤯 WOAHHH! fact

Okay, before we reveal this crazy fact, we want you to hum these 3 lyrics exactly in the tune you normally sing it in and exactly how they are written here:

Twinkle Twinkle little star….
Ba Ba Ba Black Sheep have you any wool...

Did you sense something err... similar?
Did all those melodies...sound the same?

If not, try it again please?

Literally hoping you had the same reaction...

🧐 What just happened?

Yup, those 3 nursery rhymes have the exact same tone.
Yup, when we got to know this, we went - "whyyyy did we not notice this before?"
Yup, now you are in the same club :P

The MOZART connect:

  • So, this melody comes from the French folk song "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" (translates to "Ah, shall I tell you, Mama?" in English).
  • About 40 years later, in 1781, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (yes, MOZART! - one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music) incorporated this melody and created "12 variations on Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman"
  • The popularity of this tune is largely attributed to its catchy + easily memorable melody.
  • The incorporation of this tune in these nursery rhyme lyrics happened over time. "Twinkle, Twinkle" was originally a poem written by Jane Taylor in 1806 but was set to this tune in 1838, "The Alphabet Song” was first copyrighted under the title “The Schoolmaster” by C. Bradlee in 1834 and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" existed under a different melody existed as far back as 1744.

One of the most important melodies in human history, transformed into a familiar tune by one of the greatest composers in human history - wow!

<still humming Twinkle Twinkle & ABC...>

Found this crazy? Do tell us by replying to this mail :)

🔫 Random Quiz for you:

On which date was Children's Day celebrated in India before 1964?
And what is the logic behind "1964"? 🤔

🤗 Arey Pata Hai?! updates in pictures: 

Last week, we crossed 100k subscribers on Instagram. But we learnt a crucial lesson.

This is a photo we clicked 2 months ago. We were at 90k then. We assumed we will cross 100k before we meet next week. Clearly, that didn't happen for 2 months!

We were stuck. We were still getting all the love. But IG stopped growing. Won't lie, we were disappointed and felt clueless. But we had no other option but to keep going.

We kept doing what we know best. We just kept posting our videos.

And boooom, what did not move in 2 months just blew in a few hours...

Lesson learnt: You have to take as many shots as you can. The more shots you take, the luckier you get, the higher the chances of you hitting your target.

A lesson learnt from social media. A lesson applicable on life.

This is your sign. Shoot your shots!

PS: We don't want to make this section only about our numbers. But the timing is just…Promise, it will be a long time till we reach any other 100k🤣

💌 A comment that made our week:

Toughest section! But this one made us smile and cry🥺

Thank you, Tanuja <3

Made us go "awww". Also that orange candies + samosas 🤤
What a cute nostalgia trip! Also, love it when kids play our quizzes too. Such a good exercising in learning new things early on :)

Share your Aaj Pata Chala! moment

If you learnt anything new this week - any random fact, any small or big trivia, just share it by replying to this mail.

We would LOVE to know your "aaj pata chala!" moment.

And if we find any answer really interesting, we will share that fact in our upcoming newsletter and give you due credits, promise :)

✅ Quiz answer:

  • Before 1964, Children's Day in India aligned with the universal celebration on November 20th declared by the United Nations.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, renowned for his affection for children, passed away in May 1964. Subsequently, the date was shifted to November 14th in honor of his birthday.

👋 See you next Wednesday!

A belated (or advanced? :P) Children's Day wishes to your children, or any child reading this or the inner child in you that you are keeping alive ;)❤️

Have a fun time learning :)

Team APH

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