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Why do we think Humpty Dumpty is an egg?

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“Humpty Dumpty Sat On A Wall, Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall, All the Kings Horses, And All the Kings Men, Couldn’t Put Humpty Together Again” Why do we think Humpty is an egg? It doesn’t say it anywhere.
Dave, Chingford

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Peter, London
Qualification: Egg-cellent knowledge
Answer: Humpty Dumpty is a very old gun, which didn’t have a modern tube barrel, it was really egg-shaped. They didn't have the technology to make a narrow tube which would be strong enough to cope with the explosion, so it was egg-shaped.

Name: James O’Brien
Qualification: There’s nothing I don’t know
Answer: Humpty Dumpty used to be a gun, a cannon dislodged from Chichester Castle wall. That obviously wasn’t very child-friendly, so I suspect they turned him into something that would break if it fell. Hence, an egg.