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Residents of Old MacDonald's Farm as Inventoried by My Three Year-Old Son, Who, as the Song Wore On, Found it Increasingly Difficult to Avoid Repetition

A dog
A cat
A pig
A cow
A horse
A sheep
A goat
A chicken
A bunny
A duck
A rooster
A bird
A turkey
A crow
An owl
A mouse
A fish
A snake
A bear
An elephant
A cricket
A baby
A pirate
A robot
A chicken nugget
A hot dog
An octagon

Posted on May 04, 2007 to Lists


What sound do th chicken nugget and octogon make?

Posted by: NIkki on May 4, 2007 11:26 AM

A Chicken nugget makes a yumyum here a yumyum there.

An Octogon makes an oct oct here an oct oct there.

Next question please.

Posted by: jon on May 4, 2007 11:29 AM

yes, would love to know those sounds as well. an octogon! that's awesome.

Posted by: lu on May 4, 2007 11:29 AM

Forget the chicken nugget, what sound does the apple sauce make?

The Squirrely is a chip off the old block Matt :D

Posted by: John on May 4, 2007 11:29 AM

Hooray for Chicken Nuggets.

Posted by: Nugget on May 4, 2007 11:47 AM

Now I seriously want to know what noises he came up with. Good critical analysis, folks. Don't leave us hanging, Matthew!

Posted by: Virginia on May 4, 2007 11:51 AM

{grunting noise}
{crowing noise}
{high-pitched screeching that approximates a whistle}
{popping noise with mouth}
yum yum
yum yum
{Realizing he has painted himself into a corner with "octagon," aborts song before chorus}

Posted by: Matthew on May 4, 2007 11:58 AM

I take the onomatopoeic approach to strange "Old Macdonald's Farm" requests. Therefore applesauce would make a "glurp glurp" here and a "glurp glurp" there. "Here a glurp, there a glurp," etcetera.

Posted by: Tammy on May 4, 2007 12:01 PM

I don't mean to be too critical of young Squirrely but Chicken Nugget and Crow are the same thing. I'll let the hot dog / horse thing slide as he could be referring to tofu dogs, but still....

Posted by: Duane on May 4, 2007 1:38 PM

Ha haha! That is terrific! Wikipedia only has seven!

Posted by: rob cockerham on May 4, 2007 1:56 PM


Posted by: guest on May 4, 2007 4:32 PM

Are comments messed up? I'm getting an error.

Posted by: test on May 4, 2007 4:47 PM

I actually said "Oh that's awesome" to the screen after reading Octagon.

I found it more awesome that the hot dog was "yum yum" yet the chicken nugget was "bock bock".

If only the octagon could speak...

Posted by: Jon on May 4, 2007 4:49 PM

I am still overwhelmed at the coolness of the fact that the farm has a pirate and a robot.

His song was pretty much awesome...except I'll have to agree to disagree about the hot dog being "yum yum"

Posted by: mel on May 4, 2007 6:28 PM

"Old MacDonald" is on my short-list of "Do-Not-Sing" songs. Whenever someone requests it, I tell that person that I don't know how to play it on the guitar (all two chords). I still must point out that your Squiggle missed two important denizens of the farm: the alien and the dinosaur. I mean, really now.


Posted by: Alkelda the Gleeful on May 4, 2007 7:33 PM

Matthew, your son is a genius.

Posted by: mary on May 5, 2007 12:05 PM

There's only one reason Old MacDonald would keep such a diverse array of animals, animal products, processed foods, and polygons. He must be collecting on ever government subsidy to agriculture or the meat industries in memory! The only things he really needs to round out his collections must be, oh, an airline, a pentagon (natch), a hydrogen farm, a hybrid car, and a bridge to nowhere.

Posted by: LAN3 on May 5, 2007 1:33 PM

Four sides good, eight sides better!

Posted by: Dan on May 6, 2007 3:03 PM

i am reading ur bolg for a old macdonald class i am taking at college. thx for some grate ideas!! lolol!!!1!

Posted by: daev on May 6, 2007 4:19 PM

At what college is there an old macdonald class? Octogon would get you the 'A' for sure.

Posted by: yahoo on May 6, 2007 5:04 PM

Brilliant boy! Let him know I'll be singing his "Old MacDonald" with his perfect, illustrative sounds for each verse, in the car, every single time I can't find something I want to listen to, which is usually about twice a day. (Please let us know if he comes up with something for the octagon. So I can ever sleep again.) My favorites: elephant, baby, bird. To dad and mom: extra credit for your small child knowing that pirates go "arrrrr" and for his immediately associating "what comes after a baby? Pirate!"

Posted by: -kel on May 6, 2007 7:33 PM

Not with an "eight eight" here?

Posted by: Anonymous on May 6, 2007 9:05 PM

Isnít this the comment zone where college kids hang and deeply discuss blogs?

Posted by: stephanie on May 6, 2007 11:00 PM

Thank you for posting Squirrely's list. My two-year old has been requesting this song every hour, on the hour, but only chooses "horsie" and "duckie." It makes a very boring song. Who knew octagon was an option? I'll be able to expand her horizons immediately.

Posted by: Mickey on May 7, 2007 9:34 AM

Brilliant I thought. My 4 y/o won't let the "oompa loompa" song go. All day long, oompa, loompa, oompie dee doo...

Posted by: Wickwire on May 7, 2007 1:27 PM

Too funny!
My two-year-old has added a few interesting ones too. My favorite is the shark with a "da-duh" here and a "da-duh" there.

Posted by: heather on May 7, 2007 1:38 PM

Maybe "octagon" is a vague and slightly disturbing reference to "The Octagon" starring Chuck Norris?

Damn the internets and their Chuck Norris.

Posted by: Ryan on May 7, 2007 1:39 PM

OK, now in Latin:

Senex McDonaldus habebat fundum,
Sic habebat fundum, habebat boves,
Sic "Moo Moo" hic, "Moo Moo" hoc,
"Moo" hic, "Moo" hoc,
Ubique "Moo, Moo."
Senex McDonaldus habebat fundum,

Posted by: Todd on May 7, 2007 3:23 PM

My brother is autistic too, and has many verses that go along with one of his favorite songs, "The Wheels on the Bus." Said lyrics include:
The piggies on the bus go wee, wee, wee [as in all the way home]
The jammies on the bus go jammies, jammies, jammies
The [insert family member name here] on the bus go talk-on-the-phone, talk-on-the-phone, talk-on-the-phone

And so on.

Posted by: Anonymous on May 7, 2007 4:45 PM

I love any three-year-old who knows the word octagon!

Posted by: Bianca on May 7, 2007 10:15 PM

I was going to say he forgot the ninja, but then I realized the Squirrely was on top of it because Ninja don't make noise.

Also, @ daev: yes. =D

Posted by: Jeremy on May 8, 2007 4:37 AM

Your son is made of awesome.

Posted by: karen on May 14, 2007 4:30 AM