"As I was going to St. Ives/I met a man with seven wives..."
That's because the real St. Ives (also see: skin product) is about 15 miles from where I'm staying, in Penzance (also see: Gilbert & Sullivan, "Pirates of"),
For the first several days I thought I was going crazy. I had no idea where I'd heard that phrase before, and I didn't know the rest of the rhyme (although I was pretty sure there was more of it.) Finally, I resorted to the internet, and because we pretty much live in a Hive Mind society these days, a simple 30 second search got me the following:
- As I was going to St Ives
- I met a man with seven wives
- Each wife had seven sacks
- Each sack had seven cats
- Each cat had seven kits
- Kits, cats, sacks, wives
- How many were going to St Ives?
By the way, can you figure out the answer to the riddle?