Someone Went And Ruined ‘This Little Piggy’ By Revealing Its Actual Meaning—And People Are Crushed 😩

Turns out the “this little piggy” nursery rhyme, that we all grew up with, is not about a cute anthropomorphized piglet spending a glorious Sunday afternoon perusing the local market for groceries.

Yes, as if there aren’t enough hard truths in life to fully dismantle our childhood, here’s another one—and it’s soul-crushing.

It all started when Samantha, a 22-year-old “Mother To a Prince,” turned to Twitter after learning the awful truth. Her comment proceeded to rack up 40K retweets and 3.1K comments—many from people who were equally shocked and/or devastated.

Here’s her tweet:

In case you’ve forgotten the rhyme, it goes:

This little piggy went to market,

This little piggy stayed at home,

This little piggy had roast beef,

This little piggy had none.

And this little piggy went…

“Wee wee wee” all the way home…

Puzzled commenters wanted to know what the popular nursery rhyme was about, if not an innocent tale of a pig shopping: 

And they got their answer:

And they weren’t happy about it:

An in-depth analysis of the rhyme, on a website called YOULOVATT!, breaks it down line by line, offering a full explanation for what happens to each piggy (toe).

For example:

She was on her final voyage, to the market to be sold to a slaughterhouse. She would then either be stunned using electric current applied with electrodes, or stunned using captive bolt pistol, or via an inhalation of CO2.

But learning the truth about something you love is never easy:

Some Twitter users, who had also recently found out the truth and had their childhood worlds shook, chimed in:

Some would have rather remained blissfully unaware:

If you found this interesting, check out this piece on Mental Floss, which delves into the dark origins of other nursery rhymes.

H/T: Indy100, Twitter, YOULOVATT!