subjects of limericks

 subjects of limericks

as an avid collector and lover of limericks, i have always been astonished with the huge variety of subjects that limericks have touched. today i intend to cover a few interesting subjects.

1. qualities of a limerick:

there are quite a few limericks in my stock that very lucidly explain the qualities of limericks themselves. my favorite one under this category is the one given here-below:  

the limerick packs laughs anatomical

into space that is quite economical.

but the good ones i’ve seen

so seldom are clean –

and the clean ones so seldom are comical.

2. trans-genders

as per a recent supreme court decision, trans-genders have been now accepted as the third sex. i recalled the following limerick on the subject:

there once was this guy named stan
who had some trouble being a man
he wore a dress and high heels
and drove a chevrolet with pink wheels
and soon stan became a tran

3.childhood pranks

during one of my transfers to various places, when i was working in the bank, i had occasions to face some naughty children in a multi storeyed building where i was staying on the second floor. a gang of  3-4 children used to press the call bell button just outside our apartment and run away. when i used to come outside to enquire who had rung the bell I used to find no one. i wish i had recalled the following limerick then and taken a strong action but I always forgave them.

there once was a man from peru
who had a lot of growing up to do,
he’d ring a doorbell,
then run like hell,
until the owner shot him with a .22

4. archimedes/physics

archimedes as we all very well know, was a greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. he is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the world and among his advances in physics, are the foundations of hydrostatics, and the principle of the lever. without going into much technical details,one of his famous principle states that a body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the displaced fluid. i recall having studied the principle in school and college. i also vividly recall the anecdote connected with the discovery. he was reportedly so excited by his discovery that he forgot to dress and ran naked to the street shouting “eureka” (meaning “ i have found it”). the following famous limerick celebrates the occasion:

archimedes, the well known truth-seeker,

jumping out of his bath, cried “eureka!”

he ran half a mile,

wearing only a smile,

and became the very first streaker.

5. chemistry

until liquefied petroleum gas became common as a kitchen fuel, kerosene was mainly used for lighting stoves and lamps and for cooking etc. basically it is a hydrocarbon. there is no chemical formula for kerosene i recall from my college chemistry days. benzene is also a hydrocarbon but with the molecular formula C6H6. it is a constituent of crude oil and has many uses too. i recalled these aspects when i read the following limerick, where “been seen” has been amusingly spelt as “benzene”:

there once was a girl named Irene,

who lived on distilled kerosene.

but she started absorbin’

a new hydrocarbon,

and since then has never benzene!

6. suspense thriller

i used to love reading detective novels and murder mysteries. i also loved watching suspense thrillers or movies in my childhood. the main thought used to be what is going to come / happen next. often i tried to guess who the culprit or the murderer was but I seldom got it right. so the following limerick is a sort of suspense thriller. read it and join me in the guessing game:

a bather whose clothing was strewed,

by winds that left her quite nude,

saw a man come along,

and unless we are wrong,

you expected this line to be lewd!

7. mathematics

the number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle‘s circumference to its diameter, approximately equals to 3.14159. it has been represented by the Greek letter “π” though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi“. while using this constant in school or high school mathematics, we generally used it as 3.14 (upto 2 places of decimal). its full value is often expressed as 3.14159265359 or in short 3.14159. i always recalled this limerick when i wished to remember the value of pi.

’tis a favorite project of mine,

a new value of pi to assign.

i would fix it at 3,

for it’s simpler, you see,

than 3 point 1 4 1 5 9

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