An Entomological Carol

I was cleaning my office last night, and found a newsletter from my graduate department in 1987!   I had to share. Lyrics by Jim Richmond; hopefully he doesn’t mind me sharing them here.

Sung to the tune of the Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)

Professors resting wherever they are,
Grad students nipping at their knows
Post-docs with their eyes on jobs aglow
And secretaries dressed up like who knows;

Everybody knows some plants and some insects too,
Goes to make the work just right,
Tiny technicians with their eyes half aglow
will find it hard celebrating tonight.

We know the Chairman is on his way,
He has lots of authority in his say,
And every PI is sure to try
To see if the Dean can make their proposal fly.

And so to you I am offering this simple phrase,
For you, whatever age you are,
Though it’s been said many times many days,
Merry Christmas to you.

The Nearctica Waltz (or: Ballad of Lovebugs)

This wasn’t a submission to the Ribald Tales of Entomology Limerick Contest, but it rhymes, it’s funny, and it’s Arthropod related, so I’m making it an Honorable Mention.

If you haven’t lived in the southern US, you may not recognize the insect that this song is about.  “Lovebugs,” also known as March flies, are best known for hooking up….and staying that way.  They can form thick clouds of flying insects, and sometimes are a driving hazard.  To make things even better, some car finishes are damaged by squashed bug juice.