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Lessons for Life Through Limericks

Updated on January 28, 2016
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, Black Books etc.

Every now and then, for some unknown reason I find myself in a crazy mood and just have the urge to write something light and frivolous. Those who have been following me for awhile will know that I often express this humorous mood in my 'micro-poems'.

This time I thought I'd try something a little different. I have never written a limerick before, but what better way to express a little frivolity. I hope you enjoy this nonsense poetry (and it does contain important 'life' lessons, as the title says.)

 New York, November 1936. Hair tonic salesman advertising his wares 'Joe's Egg Cream', Seventh Avenue at 38th Street.
New York, November 1936. Hair tonic salesman advertising his wares 'Joe's Egg Cream', Seventh Avenue at 38th Street. | Source
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There was an old man named McFinn

who's hair was exceedingly thin.

He bought a hair tonic

which made him cough chronic,

because it made his hair grow within.

Spiny Dogfish Shark
Spiny Dogfish Shark | Source
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I knew a young lady from Parkes

who was terribly frightened of sharks,

but she's swim in the sea

with dogfish you see.

She thought that they'd warn her with barks.


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There once was a woman from Perth

who was thought overdue to give birth.

The real cause of affliction

was fast food addiction,

which gave her a very wide girth.

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A young fellow went fishing one day

on a river they call the Delray.

He threw in his line,

and pulled out a mine'

exclaiming, "That blew me away!"

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A prospector was looking for gold,

as a fossicker he was quite bold.

He dug up a vein,

right in front of a train.

The rest doesn't need to be told.

Banbury Cross
Banbury Cross | Source
Miss Banbury Cross, Burlesque After Dark.
Miss Banbury Cross, Burlesque After Dark. | Source

On the road to Banbury Cross

the cock horse slipped on some moss.

It tossed the poor rider,

who landed in cider.

To explain that I'm still at a loss.

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Looks like something contagious.
Looks like something contagious. | Source

I wrote a new poem for Hub Pages,

to set it out right took me ages.

I made it all rhyme,

it seemed good at the time,

but the verses are somehow contagious.

Copyright

*All limericks appearing in this hub are the property of John Hansen © 2014, with the exception of those appearing in the video by Edward Lear.*

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Cris, great to see you. Better late than never they say. Thanks for reading, glad these made you laugh, and have a great week ahead.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So, it seems I missed another one of your excellent jobs John. :) This surely made me laugh on this quite rough Monday.

      Round of applause!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We all need a laugh to begin the day Paula. Thanks for reading.

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      Paula Atwell 3 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Silly and fun! Good laugh first thing in the am.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you pkmcruk, glad these brought a smile to your face.

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Thank you for providing the laugh a day which Chaplin recommends! Really enjoyable page.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks stricktlydating.

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      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      Just a really cool page!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading these limericks Fullerman. I have only started writing them recently, but they are somewhat addictive. I have written three limerick hubs now and more to come.

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      Ryan Fuller 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      This was an awesome read. I enjoyed it very much. You are a very talented writer. I enjoy limerick hubs. Plus, I am a huge Charlie Chaplin fan and I love that quote at the beginning. The piece about the pregnant woman was my favorite. Great job. I cannot wait to read more.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the compliment teaches. I had never tried limericks until recently. Check my other limerick hub if you haven't already. It has a video on how to write them.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I admire people who can write such clever limericks. They are short and sweet, but darn if I can't do it as such.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much for the kind comment nighthag, glad it made you smile for the dentist :)

      If you want to read another hub relating to a dental appointment you may like to read my "Battle of Hansen's Gap" which I wrote after my recent dentist visit.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      This was hub was lots of fun to read while at the dentist

      Thank you!

      Hubpages and the delray mine were my personal favourites

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      OK Flourish, I think you have convinced me. I'll try to write more. Thanks for the vote up, pin, and share.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Please do more! These were so funny. Voted way up, pinning and sharing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Frank, I was in a humorous mood when I wrote these, glad they turned out funny and clever.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      entertaining, fun and clever some of the pics were a gas too voted awesome!!!!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading, appreciating and leaving a kind comment Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These limericks are so creative and clever, Jodah! Thank you very much for sharing them.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Genna, what a great comment..."lemonade on a hot summer day" ...I am so glad you enjoyed these,limericks that much. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MizBejabbers, I am glad I succeeded in making these funny. Limericks do become addictive once you start. Maybe it was reading some of yours that inspired me to try. Thanks for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Jo, as I told Harishprasad, I had always wanted to write limericks but thought they were too difficult especially to make funny, but I finally had a go and found it a fun experience. It is great to just be silly sometimes. I encourage you to try writing some again. Thanks for the vote up and share.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Harishprasad my friend, I had always thought them too difficult before also, but for some reason I was inspire to try to write my first limerick. After that I had the urge to write another and it started to become easier. Thank you for your kind comment and support.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shyron. I am glad you now know what a limerick is. Thank you for your kind comment and vote up. Blessings.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "but the verses are somehow contagious." Lol...they certainly are.-) Thank for the laughter and smiles; reading these delightful limericks is like having a fresh glass of delicious lemonade on a hot summer day...it tickles your sense and refreshes like nothing else. Thank you!

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      You had me rolling with laughter. I can't write poetry either. My pathetic attempts are sitting idle in my HP file. Limericks are more my style, so I loved these. Voted up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      John, you had me in stitches. I love Limericks, I even had a go at writing a few, this makes me want to find my funny bone again. Clever, and so very delightful, well done. Up and sharing.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Limericks look simple but it is really a difficult job to write one. John, sometime back I had read beautiful haikus written by you and now I happened to savor these wonderful limericks, full of fun. You are a great artist and I love these creations. Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      While searching for a Poem or Two

      I came across these limricks

      Written just by you

      And all day long I will be thinking up a few

      Wonderful, I did not realize what a Limrick was.

      Thank you John.

      Thumbs up, UABI and shared,

      Blessings my friend.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Goodday Aneegma, good to see you starting yor Hub age ruising with one of my hubs. I had fun writing this, glad you enjoyed these limericks. WARNING! They are addictive.

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      Merida Craze 3 years ago

      Good morning Johnny boy! After a hubpages free weekend it's always nice to start of my hubpage cruising with one of your lovely hubs. Very nicely written and I think I will now have the case of limericks to add to my various reading addictions. Good job my friend x

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, thanks for your kind comment. glad you found these funny, but I don't know if limericks are supposed to be sensible :)

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great limericks, Jodah. What I like about them is that they are as sensible as they are funny. Great job!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to see you Ann, glad these gave you a smile. We all get busy with real life and sometimes fall behind here. I have so much trouble reading all the hubs of people I follow now but I try to read at least one new one of everybody...have to stop following anyone else..lol. Good luck with catching up and thanks for your kind comment.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Great limericks, John, and beautiful illustrations. I smiled throughout. Very clever.

      Sorry I haven't visited you for a while; I'm now catching up with my favourite hubbers.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      No problem Suzette, these were such fun to write it was a pleasure. Glad you liked the images too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Kevin, thanks for reading Buddy and glad these appealed to you and tickled your funny bone. Thanks for the vote up too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your kind words travmaj. Glad these are giving you a laugh more than once.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful limericks, John. They made me laugh and they are very clever! And the images to go with them are a hoot. Thanks for such an enjoyable and entertaining hub.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was hilarious John. lol I love humor and laughing too. When I watch TV I usually prefer the funny ones. I voted it up an straight across and shared it.

      Kevin

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Lovely and so well documented. Limericks are not easy to write and scan and you have done these beautifully, such fun. Have read them several times and just enjoying..thank you

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Vellur. Glad you enjoyed these.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great limericks, fun to read and voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for enjoying this hub Jackie. Hope your weekend is going well.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great fun hub. Thanks for the smiles and the video with more!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you ShinyM, I greatly appreciate you visiting this hub and your kind comment. Take care.

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      ShinyM 3 years ago

      These were great! The images were fun too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading gamerjimmy23, good to see a new face. I personally liked that one too. :) glad you enjoyed.

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      Jimmy Gent 3 years ago from California

      LMAO! My favorite...

      "I knew a young lady from Parkes

      who was terribly frightened of sharks,

      but she's swim in the sea

      with dogfish you see.

      She thought that they'd warn her with barks."

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You deserve it my friend!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Shauna...I am over the moon to receive that. Can't believe it :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Congrats on your Blue Ribbon Award, John! Awesome!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Shauna, glad they gave you a laugh. Yes for sure I know never to ask a lady that! Take care.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      You did a great job, John. You had me chuckling here and there. Love the junk food lady. That's why you never ask a woman when she's due unless you know for a fact she's pregnant!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for such a generous comment Audrey. drbj is a comedy genius and won Funniest Hubber last year, but doesn't seem to be writing here anymore unfortunately. I'm glad I made you laugh, and though I can't take drbj's place I hope I can keep writing hubs that others enjoy.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      How hysterical Jodah. You are now a competitor with drbj. I think. You can write just about anything clever to appeal to readers. It is a gift to be able to make people laugh, especially. Thanks for sharing your talent. Sharing hub. Blessings, Audrey

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to hear that Shanmarie, a laugh is good for you. Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad to hear that Shanmarie, a laugh is good for you. Thanks for reading.

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Oh my goodness - the one about the mine made me laugh out loud!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      H Eric, glad you enjoyed these limericks. Hope your day is wonderful.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kim, if I made you smile to start your day I am happy. Have a great one and I hope you get everything done that you need to. xx

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just wonderful. Made my day better. e

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      thanks for making me SMILE--LOVE THIS-ALL-the limericks and the pics--perfect way to start my Saturday for there is so much to do, I better get going in order to get done what I need to do : )

      SHARED MY FRIEND AND VOTED + across the board

      kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you DDE, glad you found these limericks funny.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome! You certainly did a fantastic job here.Voted up, interesting and funny.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Faith, glad to hear you enjoy limericks. I really thought they would be difficult to write but once I started the words seemed to just materialize. I'd like to read the ones you wrote too. Pleased that you liked the video also. Thanks for the vote up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I just love reading limericks. And I had no clue what one was until after reading another long-time hubber's limericks and I got such a kick out of them, so I studied the pattern and wrote a couple. It is fun to enjoy writing something fun and limericks are great fun indeed. Your limericks are excellent and I enjoyed reading all of them. Also love your choice of video too, perfect.

      Up ++++ and away

      Blessings for a wonderful weekend ahead

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Elizabeth. Glad you enjoyed.

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      Elizabeth Bowers 3 years ago from Tennessee

      That was great! :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Kathleen, thanks for reading, pinning, voting up and sharing.....sorry to blow your mind...lol.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Jamie. I know you are a limerick lover, so if you enjoy these they must be ok. It seems the prospector one is popular...lol. Oh, it's not Father's Day here until September, but you have a great one.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Loved this! Voted up, pinned and shared! So creative, you are so so creative Jodah. It blows my mind.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Yes I love them so much. What great fun. I like the prospector one the best, then the Hubpages one. Thank you for the great time and the smile. Hey, have a great Father's Day! Jamie

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jan. It's the most fun I've had writing anything. Limericks are kind of addictive. I think I'll be writing more. Ta for the vote up.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That was fun, Jodah. Great job for your first try at limericks. The one about the train is my favorite. Keep up the good work. Voter funny, up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Rachael, thanks very much for that kind comment. Glad you enjoyed these. I appreciate the vote up and share too.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I love limericks and these were delightful! You don't have to wonder anymore if you can write them. You have aced it!

      Voted up and shared.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Bill, glad these are suited to your attention span. I'll have to write limericks more often. Glad you enjoyed. You have a good weekend too,

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for being the very first to read and comment Maria. Glad you enjoyed this hub. Have a great weekend back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a terrible attention span for poetry; that's why limericks are just perfect for me....and I loved these. Have a great weekend, John.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      So clever, Jodah...I smiled through the video as well, noticing how the old fashioned limericks tended to repeat one of the punch word rhymes, usually in the first and last lines.

      Excellent work! Voted UP and all across. Have a great weekend, Maria