The Entomological Society of America has announced a Limerick Contest for the Annual Meeting!
Prizes will be awarded for the top three most creative limericks, as judged by an anonymous panel of entomological punsters. The limerick topic can be anything about arthropods, the Annual Meeting, ESA’s officers or other well-known entomologists, just keep it clean!
I predict some very entertaining limericks will be submitted. (And why does this sound like something Tom Turpin dreamed up?)
Alas, the ESA’s admonition to “keep it clean” seems to run directly contradictory to what a limerick is all about. Nearly all descriptions seem to contain the word “bawdy.” They are described thusly: “The true limerick is always obscene” and “From a folkloric point of view, the form is essentially transgressive; violation of taboo is part of its function.”
I pointed this out on Twitter and a few other social media spots, and was instantly deluged with requests to have an UnClean Entomology Limerick Contest. So here you go.
My deadline will be October 1, 2011. Submit your entries in the comments on this post!
- Limericks should be naughty and transgressive, but not gross or squick-inducing.
- All taboo violation must be consensual.
- The basic Limerick form is couplet/triplet, or AABBA (where A and B represent rhyming words, not Swedish pop bands).
- The Limerick must have an arthropod theme of some sort.
- Aedeagus and smegma don’t rhyme. Let’s not even go there.
- Bribes are encouraged and accepted via PayPal.
I’ll get you started with this classic:
A flea and a fly in a flue
Were caught, so what could they do?
Said the fly, “Let us flee.”
“Let us fly,” said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.
Let the Games Begin!