Man in the Moon

The man in the moon came down too soon
To inquire the way to Norridge;
The man in the south, he burnt his mouth
With eating cold plum porridge.

The Man in the Moon

The origin

The nursery rhyme The Man in the Moon originated from England. Unfortunately, the author is unknown. The verse was first published in 1833, in The Only True Mother Goose Melodies.

From ancient times people have noticed that the so-called seas on the moon's surface make up something. Usually, it's the face of a man. Talmud says it's the face of Jacob. The European Christian tradition claims it's the man from Numbers XV (32–36) who was caught gathering sticks on Sabbath. According to an old Roman legend, the man is a sheep thief.

Taverns in the Middle Ages

In the middle ages, the moon was considered the protector od drunkards. In London alone, three saloons were called 'The Man in the Moon.'

Norridge

While there is no place with this name in England (Norwich is the closest match), in Chicago, IL, an enclave village bears this name.

Space Age

The first real man on the moon was Neil Armstrong, who stepped onto the lunar surface on July 20th, 1969. In total, there have been 12 men who have walked on the moon so far.