There once was an X from place B,
Who satisfied predicate P,
The X did thing A,
In a specified way,
Resulting in circumstance C.

—Hat tip to our occasional commenter Alan Wexelblat, who hat-tips the author of the webcomic Partially Clips, who hat-tips Wikipedia, which offers no citation.

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8 Responses to “Meta-Limerick”

  1. 1 1 Mike H

    My favourite, along these lines….

    “An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician find themselves in an anecdote, indeed an anecdote quite similar to many that you have no doubt already heard. After some observations and rough calculations the engineer realizes the situation and starts laughing. A few minutes later the physicist understands too and chuckles to herself happily as she now has enough experimental evidence to publish a paper. This leaves the mathematician somewhat perplexed, as he had observed right away that he was the subject of an anecdote, and deduced quite rapidly the presence of humour from similar anecdotes, but considers this anecdote to be too trivial a corollary to be significant, let alone funny. ”


  2. 2 2 Jonathan Kariv

    There once was a hat tip from B
    That hat tipped to P
    On a meta-limmick A
    That was hat tipped to X on the way
    And aleph-nought hat tips later to C

    yeah I copied the end bits

  3. 3 3 Alan Wexelblat

    Always happy to share humor with you.

  4. 4 4 Glen

    Okay, as long as we’re telling nerdy academic jokes…

    At the annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, professional philosophers were standing around and arguing about all the usual things — and as usual, reaching no agreement. God, watching them above, decided to help them out. So He descended from Heaven and appeared before the gathering. “I’m God,” he said, “and I’m here to help you out. First of all, a lot of you want to know if God exists. The answer is yes; here I am. Second, I will answer one other question of your choice, and I’ll give you 24 hours to decide what it will be.” Then God vanished.

    The philosophers immediately started arguing about what question they should ask. What is the nature of Truth? What is a perfectly just society? Etc. Finally, one philosopher came up with a question — and amazingly, all the others agreed.

    The next day, God reappeared and asked what question they had for Him. The President of the APA stepped forward. “Our question is as follows: What is the ordered pair whose first element is the best question we could have asked, and whose second element is the answer to that question?”

    God rubbed his chin in deep thought. “That is a good question,” He said. “An excellent question indeed. As a matter of fact… That IS the best you could have asked me, and THIS is the answer!” And with that, God disappeared.

  5. 5 5 Jeffrey


    I think that just made my day!

  6. 6 6 Robert Ramsay

    My favourite is Bill Bailey’s:

    “Three women walk into a bar. The first woman says: ‘We have successfully invaded a previously male dominated joke form!’

    The second woman says “Hurrah!”

    The third woman says “Alas, it is but a hollow victory, for the joke is still being told by a man.”

  7. 7 7 Dr. Goose

    The limerick’s furtive and mean,
    To be kept under close quarantine,
    Or she’ll sneak to the slums,
    Where she promptly becomes
    Disorderly, drunk and obscene.

    - Morris Bishop (1893 – 1973), literary scholar and historian, Cornell University professor and noted author of humorous verses.

  8. 8 8 Tony N

    Nerd joke contribution (stop me if you’ve heard it already):

    Three statisticians were hunting in the forest when suddenly a big deer appears. The first statistician fires a shot and misses two feet to the left. The second statistician fires and misses two feet to the right. The third statistician jumps up and cheers, “I hit it! I hit it!”

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