2016-02-24 (Wednesday)

These last days, I learned up front that patience is a virtue!

And now over to something totally different:


Photo taken by Dina Videman 2016-02-22


Tell me, what do the photo, so gracefully taken by my  friend Dina, and the mathematical formula above have in common ?

I will give you one hint, read the formula this way:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more

Think well, have you heard that style of poetry before?

Now imagine that you are reading this poetry aloud while standing in the position of the photo.

That’s right, you are performing a limerick in Limerick!

A limerick is a form of poetry, especially one in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. The third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the other three. It was popularized by the Edward Lear in the 19th century.

In reference #1 there is a good collection of limericks, but further to them here are some new ones that I  wrote today:

New Swedish limericks

De följande två limerickarna tillägnar jag mina spelkompisar på Wordfeud. Jag är säker på att de känner igen sig:

Det bor en kvinna i Timrå
I konståkning har hon sitt skrå
Hon syr vadderade uniformer
Helt enligt alla normer
Så att åkarna ej slår sig gula och blå

Det finns en man i Haväng
Som i skogen tar sig en sväng
Bland rödvita skärmar
Och kartor i pärmar
Han orientar och samlar poäng


Orientering i Borås djurpark 2015. Foto taget av Harald Persson, “mannen i Haväng”.

New Brazilian limerick

Gloria, uma raposa de Belo Horizonte
Colecionou camisas azuis de monte
Até que um dia
Ela entrou numa fria
E se jogou com as camisas da ponte


Uma amiga da Gloria

… That’s what I learned in school ! … Slut för idag, tack för idag ! … Por hoje é só !


1: Limerick

+: What did you learn in school today ?