History repeats and repeats and repeats.
Even Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a story about him!
The rhyme was first recorded by James Orchard Halliwell in 1842:
- There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile,
- He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
- He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
- And they all liv’d together in a little crooked house.