The “Jingle Bells” parody that begins, “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells…” seems to have cemented itself in the culture of English-speaking regions of the world, at least for children (and overly immature adults like yours truly). The video below takes a look at the global variation in the subsequent lyrics to the song. I grew up knowing that the next line was, “Robin laid an egg,” but this is not universal, and Tom Scott shows the results of a survey on the geographical differences. He also looks at the impact of the song appearing in an episode of The Simpsons in the mid-90s, and how that changed regional culture for several years before it reverted back to form.
Silly? Yes, but also kind of fascinating. His conclusion? “Children are monsters.” Fair enough. Have a good weekend.