Rub-a-Dub-Dub is an English Nursery Rhyme with many variations. One of the most common is as follows:
“Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three.”
- The rhyme was adapted for Mother Goose Stories.
- In a scene on The Jimmy Dean Show, Rowlf the Dog researches the history of country music. He tells Jimmy Dean that he spent a whole day researching in the back room of country singer Ernest Tubb's record shop, where he claims Ernest was bathing with three of his Texas Troubadours. "I've never heard of such a thing," claims Jimmy. Rowlf replies, "You've never heard of 'Rub-a-dub-bub, three men and a Tubb'?"
- In The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 3, Herry Monster, Cookie Monster, and Grover play the three men in a tub.
- William Wegman posed some of his dogs as the Three Men in a Tub for Sesame Street. (First: Episode 3530)
- In the book My Name Is Grover, Grover says the rhyme is his favorite, and adapts it for himself, Big Bird and Elmo.
- In The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss book Who Are You, Sue Snue?, Sue Snue is imagining the jobs she could grow up to do. In a play on the nursery rhyme, she imagines being a butcher, a baker, or an ice cream cone maker.