There was once a king who liked to meet his ministers once a week.
One day they realized they had a big problem. Everyone had enough cupboards, tables and chairs, and the carpenters had run out of work. The fishermen weren't able to work either because their boats were leaking and to top it all off, there seemed to be rubbish lying around everywhere in the land. “Get the carpenters to make new boats and the carpenters will have work” said one minister. “What a good idea,” said the king. “But what should we do about the rubbish?”
Meanwhile, down in the king’s kitchen, there was another problem. The cook’s assistant, Big Mouth, couldn’t stop eating. He had eaten everything in the royal larder and the cook was at his wits end. He went to the ministers to ask what to do. “Can you help me?” the cook asked the ministers, “Big Mouth won’t stop eating.”
“Outside the city lives a magician,” said one of the ministers. “We will ask him to make a potion and you shall give it to Big Mouth.”
So the next day when the potion was ready, Big Mouth took a sip. “That’s disgusting,” said Big Mouth. “Has it worked then?” asked the cook. The potion smelled so bad that it would put anyone off their food. “Well I still feel hungry” Big Mouth replied. “I fancy...... paper!” he said. That gave the ministers a new idea and not long after that, the king proclaimed Big Mouth 'Royal Paper Gobbler' and wherever he went, he would call out “Paper here, paper here” and the rubbish problem was solved.
The Plaque reads the old dutch nursery rhyme:
Have you heard about the big wagon where Gijs the Big Mouth would sit.
He could swallow great big pieces
A cow and a calf
and a whole horse and a half
An ox and a bull
and seven barrels of beer
a boat full of sheep
yet Gijs the Big Mouth would not be able to sleep for the hunger
2016: Captain Gijs moves from the fairy tale forest to the Flying Dutchman square
2007: Return of Baby Gijs
2002: Nijltje is added to Toddlers Court
2001: Baby Gijs leaves
1988: Tiroler Gijs arrives
1985: Wishing Well is added with fish riding Gijs on top
1984: Inca Gijs arrived and took over for his fish riding cousin
1980: Sailor Gijs arrived
1973: Buccaneer relative of Gijs arrives (Captain Gijs)
1971: Mother Gijs arrives
1970: Gijs grandfather arrives
1968: A very sleepy member of Gijs family arrives
1968: A very small member and young member of Gijs family arrives
1968: A fish riding member of Gijs family arrives
Big Mouth, the friendly guzzler, makes his appearance as a waste bin. The paper-gobbling attraction becomes world famous.