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What is a limerick?

What is a limerick?
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It is believed that limericks date back to the 14th century, and originated in the Irish town of Limerick. The limerick is a humorous five-line poem with two rhymes: one shared by the first, second and fifth lines, and the other shared by the shorter third and fourth lines. Limericks were popularised in the 19th century by the British humourist Edward Lear, although limerick examples are found in the works of authors as diverse as William Shakespeare and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These funny limericks use their bouncy rhyme scheme to explore concepts like math, science, and philosophy. The twisty, punny verses will get you thinking – and giggling!

Gasman named dieter

Gasman named dieter
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A forgetful old gasman named Dieter, / Who went poking around his gas heater, / Touched a leak with his light; / He blew out of sight— / And, as everyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you, he also ruined the meter.

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A young Cretan

A young Cretan
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There was a young fellow of Crete / Who was so exceedingly neat / When he got out of bed / He stood on his head / To make sure of not soiling his feet.

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Runner named Dwight

Runner named Dwight
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There once was a runner named Dwight / Who could speed even faster than light. / He set out one day / In a relative way / And returned on the previous night.

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We’re off to see the wizard…

We’re off to see the wizard…
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The incredible Wizard of Oz / Retired from his business because / Due to up-to-date science / To most of his clients / He wasn’t the Wizard he was.

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An amoeba named Max

An amoeba named Max
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An amoeba named Max and his brother / Were sharing a drink with each other; / In the midst of their quaffing, / They split themselves laughing, / And each of them now is a mother.

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Mind the gap

Mind the gap
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There was a young fellow from Belfast / That I wanted so badly to tell fast / Not to climb up the stair / As the top step was air / And that’s why the young fellow fell fast.

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Old girl of Genoa

Old girl of Genoa
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There was an old girl of Genoa / And I blush when I think that Iowa; / She’s gone to her rest, / It’s all for the best, / Otherwise, I would borrow Samoa.

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Ornithology 101

Ornithology 101
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A wonderful bird is the pelican / His bill holds more than his belican / He can take in his beak / Enough food for a week / But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

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Lady named Ferris

Lady named Ferris
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There once was a lady named Ferris / Whom nothing could ever embarrass. / ‘Til the bath salts one day, / in the tub where she lay, / turned out to be Plaster of Paris.

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