A mother asks her son what he learned at school today. Her son responds by reciting this poem:

Bed holders
Leaves at close
Keys at Lowes
Dies in years
Men south are bros (short for "brothers" or slang for "friends")
Red folders
Peas on toast
Fleas on rose

What subject did the son learn about in school today?

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    $\begingroup$ English, but he wasn't paying attention. $\endgroup$
    – user33097
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ I feel like this has to be a mnemonic but I'm not sure for what. Some of them work for periods one and two on the periodic table but not all of them so $\endgroup$
    – Allison
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ Poetry maybe? :) $\endgroup$
    – AAM111
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 20:13

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I am not entirely sure about this:

but it has a similar rhyme to
"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes" which is a common exercise tune for children.

So my guess would be


  • $\begingroup$ Is there any further explanation to the riddle, or simply that it has similar rhythm to a children's song? $\endgroup$
    – Mirror318
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 1:13
  • $\begingroup$ The rhyme is commonly used for doing a set of exercises where you go faster and faster. It is a good routine for children to exercise and also quickly go over their body parts as well through the words of the song (usually done with those younger). $\endgroup$ Commented May 12, 2017 at 3:25
  • $\begingroup$ Yea I get that, but why didn't the child simply sing the actual song then? Why all the word changes? $\endgroup$
    – Mirror318
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 4:23
  • $\begingroup$ I am guessing to make it a little harder or more of a puzzle, and children are known to come up with their own versions of things (Ever played telephone?) $\endgroup$ Commented May 12, 2017 at 4:26

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