Chris Smith ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) sends me his weekly Newsletter. It’s really for staff and pupils at his school, but it always contains a few jokes and puzzles and he’s happy to distribute it more widely.
This week’s issue contains some limericks, and I enjoyed this one:
There was a young man from Lahore
Whose limericks stopped at line four.
When asked why this was,
He responded, “Because”
I decided we really ought not to stop there, so I offered Chris four more, of which I think the last one, at least, deserves to be better known:
An inventive person from Dundee
Wrote limericks to end at line three
“That’s all I have to say, you see”
There was a young man from Peru
Whose limericks stopped at line two
There was a young girl from Verdun
And, finally, the piece de resistance:
Chris then challenged me to produce a limerick for negative one. I couldn’t manage that, but I did offer him two more:
My friend Metcalfe
Further contributions welcome.
Footnote: I came across this limerick for pi. I couldn’t decide whether it fits into the piece on limericks, or the one about pi. Easy; just put it in both:
It’s a favourite hobby of mine
a new value for pi to assign
I would fix it at three
because it’s easier, you see
than three point one four one five nine (3.14159)