Sugar & spice, snakes & snails confirmed.
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NAALEHU, Hawaii -- Ellen Kameha always remembered the childhood nursery rhyme her mother would recite to her:
Sugar and spice and everything nice.
That's what little girls are made of.
What are little boys made of?
Snakes and snails and puppy dogs tails.
Kameha wondered if there could possibly be any truth to the rhyme. When she grew up and became a research biologist, she decided to look into the matter. "I thoroughly tested the blood and DNA samples of dozens of girls and boys from all over the world. The results were startling. The female DNA contained chemical compounds virtually identical to those of sugar and spice."
And yet Kameha failed to locate those same compounds in the male DNA samples. "And the males, while they did not, of course, have any snakes, snails, or puppy dog tails inside them, their genetic structure very closely matched those of snakes, snails and puppy dog tails. So, you see, those nursery rhyme writers had very scientific minds and were well ahead of their time."
Kameha's next nursery rhyme-related project is an attempt to determine whether a weasel would, in fact, go "pop," after a monkey chased it around a mulberry bush.