May 12, 2011: Limerick Day

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May 12th, 2011

Today’s Quote: There was a young lady of Niger. Who smiled as she rode on a tiger; They returned from the ride With the lady inside, And the smile on the face of the tiger.

★~Today is Limerick Day:

Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of the great Limerick writer Edward Lear.  A limerick is a five line stanza in spondaic hexameter, alternating with amphibrachs and amphimacers. (huh?). Ok. lets try again…a simple limerick is five lines long. The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line rhyme.  Today is the perfect day to try to create a limerick.

Today we honor Edward Lear
Who was born on this day here
Wait what’s the hook?
Well he wrote a whole book
Of limericks we hold very dear

Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense did the unthinkable by creating poetic smut that made fun of proper English society.

My ignorance was very clear
I had never heard of Ed Lear
T’is true about what they say
you learn something new every day
Let’s go celebrate with a beer

Click here to read a  few wonderful Odd  limericks –written by Odd family members.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1847 – As you jog around the block today, think of Mormon pioneer William Clayton. It was on this day that he got tired of counting the revolutions of a rag tied to a spoke of a wagon wheel to figure out how many miles he had traveled. So, while he was crossing the plains in his covered wagon, he invented the odometer.

♥~ 1960 – Elvis Presley appeared on Frank Sinatra’s Welcome Home, Elvis on ABC TV. Presley sang one of Sinatra’s hits, Witchcraft, while Sinatra did Elvis’ Love Me Tender. It was Presley’s first TV appearance after his stint in the the U.S. Army.

~ 1963 – Singer Bob Dylan walked out of a dress rehearsal for The Ed Sullivan Show and, citing censorship for the show’s refusal to allow him to sing Talking John Birch Society Blues, refused to appear on the show. The tune made fun of the John Burch Society and CBS censors told Dylan he would not be allowed to perform it, saying that it could be considered libelous

♥~ 1971 – The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias. Mick couldn’t remember her whole name very well, so she became known as Bianca the world over.

♥~ 1973 Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy album hit #1 in the U.S. for the first of two weeks.

♥~ 1978 – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it would alternate men’s and women’s names in the naming of hurricanes. NOAA succumbed to pressure from women’s groups who were demanding that Atlantic storms be given unisex names. “It’s not fair that women should get all the attention for causing damage and destruction,”

★~Born Today:

♥~1812 –Edward Learillustrator, poet, champion of the limerick; wrote the book A Book of Nonsense (1846). He went on to write Nonsense Songs (1871) and Laughable Lyrics (1877). He also wrote “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and he hundreds of limericks. died Jan 29, 1888;

♥~ 1820 – Florence Nightingale health activist, nurse: promoted the nursing profession, contributed to modern nursing procedures, founded Nightingale Training School for Nurses; author: Notes on Nursing; died Aug 13, 1910

♥~ 1907 – Katharine Hepburn Academy Award-winning actress: Morning Glory [1932-33], Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner [1967], The Lion in Winter [1968], On Golden Pond [1981]; Adam’s Rib, Pat and Mike, The African Queen, The Rainmaker, Rooster Cogburn, Suddenly Last Summer, Mary of Scotland, Love Affair; died June 29, 2003

♥~ 1925Yogi (Lawrence Peter) Berra
Baseball Hall of Famer: catcher: NY Yankees [World Series: 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963/all-star: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962], NY Mets; manager: NY Yankees, NY Mets

♥~ 1937 George Carlin comedian: The George Carlin Show, Award Theater, first host of Saturday Night Live, The Kraft Summer Music Hall, Wonderful W-I-N-O, Seven Dirty Words, actor: Prince of Tides, That Girl, Car Wash, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; died June 22, 2008

♥~ 1955 – Kix Brooks musician: guitar; songwriter, singer: duo: Brooks and Dunn: My Maria, Honky Tonk Truth, You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, He’s Got You, Hard Workin’ Man, That Ain’t No Way to Go

★~ Did You Know: May 6-12 is National Nurses week?

♥~ The most famous nurse in history is Florence Nightingale

♥~ Nightingales greatest contribution to nursing was teaching other women how to become nurses.

♥~ Florence established the Nightingale Fund for the training of nurses and with the donations that fund created she founded Nightingale Training School.

♥~ The first trained Nightingale nurses began work on May 16, 865 at the Liverpool Workhouse Infirmary.

♥~ Florence Nightingales was nicknamed “Lady with the Lamp” for making rounds around the hospital at night.

♥~ The first nurse uniforms were derived from the nun’s habit. One of Florence Nightingale’s  first students (Miss VanRensselaer) designed the original nursing uniform while attending Nightingale’s school of nursing

♥~ In the US, the ratio of registered nurses to doctors is 4:1

♥~ 49 of the United States advanced practice nurses are allowed to prescribe medication to patients

♥~ Only 5.8% of the total nursing population is men (US and Canada-2008)

♥~ Registered nurses are the largest group of health care workers(2.6 million jobs in 2008)

★~Today’s Silly:

Two doctors were in a hospital hallway one day complaining about Nurse Nancy.

” She’s incredibly mixed up,” said one doctor. “She does everything absolutely backwards.

Just last week, I told her to give a patient 2 milligrams of morphine every 10 hours.

She gave him 10 milligrams every 2 hours. He damn near died on us!”

The second doctor said, “That’s nothing.

Earlier this week, I told her to give a patient an enema every 24 hours.

She tries to give him 24 enemas in one hour! The guy damn near exploded!”

Suddenly, they hear this blood-curdling scream from down the hall.

” Oh my God!” said the first doctor, “I just realized I told Nurse Nancy to prick Mr. Smith’s boil!”


About that joke….perhaps I should have resisted. I will resist telling it to Cole on the way to school, BUT it made me laugh out loud at four o’clock in the morning—yes, for some odd reason I was wide awake, sipping yesterday’s somewhat old mocha frappuccino and blogging off-colored nursing jokes.

Limerick Day is the perfect day to be a little off-color, don’t you think? Wait! I have a really great idea!  Let’s all celebrate Edward Lear’s birthday by being of doubtful propriety or taste. Risqué, if you please. Go off into your day and be down right shocking! Shake things up a bit—be a brute of a bee or something like that…It will be so much fun!! Really.

Drop me a comment if you have a moment, and don’t forget to check out some Limericks written by Odd Family member here! Who knows, maybe clever you will add one to our Odd Library…how cool would that be? Very Cool!


9 thoughts on “May 12, 2011: Limerick Day

  1. Laughing so hard. So hard. Between the limericks and the joke my day is off to a great start.
    Off-color is not going to be a problem for me…think I warm them up with your joke!

    Thanks for the “cuppa” and laugh. Have a great day.

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  3. Uhm. El Morno is a bit bi-polar today. Limericks, Florence Nightingale, and a naughty joke!

    What a great way to start my day. Is it to early for a beer?

  4. Edward Lear books are incredibly fun to read out loud!

    I loved Katherine Hepburn…even as an old woman, she was still beautiful! I love that she always seemed to do what she wanted, no matter what anybody thought!


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