Wednesday, February 3, 2010

An unreasonable fear of coconuts

Run away everyone! It's "El Coco!"

Mothers have been were scaring their kids on the Iberian peninsula with stories about brown hairy blob-shaped creatures since the middle ages. Strangely enough, when Portuguese sailors discovered the coconut, they named it after the creature (not the other way around).

There's a lovely lullaby that goes:

Duérmete niño,
duérmete ya,
que viene el coco
y te comerá.

Sleep child,
Sleep already,
Or the coco will come
and eat you

1 comment:

Jeremy Holland said...

There can be a Spanish remake of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes but with coconuts!