Walt Disney must have been a heck of a math teacher. While my family and I were staying at some condos at the Lake of the Ozarks I saw this old vinyl album titled Addition + Subtraction. Originally created in 1963 this album features Jiminy Cricket and Rica Moore singing songs about addition and subtraction.
The A side of this LP features songs about addition, and the B side feature songs about subtractions. As you would expect, most of the songs on this Disney album are pretty benign, featuring titles such as The Pointing Game and The Mix Up Waltz, but the subtraction side features a freaky little gem that I doubt will be rebroadcast on the Disney channel any time soon- a song titled The Cannibal Song.
The Cannibal Song song teaches subtraction by telling the plight of ten little savage cannibals. Here are the lyrics:
Once upon a time there were ten little cannibals swinging on a vine.Songs like this aren't as bad as they seem. When I was young and learned to count, I sang ten little Indians. When I learned to count in Japanese we sang "Hitori, Futari, San-nin no Samurai." When I was growing up and attended Boy Scout camp we sang Great Big Globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, My Dead Dog Rover, and Johnny Verbek.
One tried to pat a big wild cat and then there were nine.
One of the nine drank turpentine and then there were eight.
Then one more fell dead on the floor and seven was their fate.
One went in politics then there were six.
One took a dive now five we see.
One went to Singapore and then there were four.
One turned green and then there were three.
One fell in some glue and then there were two. They drank from a loving cup.
One became a skeleton and then there was one and he ate himself all up!
If kids don't learn to laugh at the disgusting things in life at an early age and if they're reared believing that it is politically incorrect to mention any socio-economic group less plugged into the consumerist machine than their own, I think that they would have to go through life stiff-lipped, self-conscious and depressed. I'd rather eat myself.