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25 Funny Limericks Only Clever People Will Get

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What is a limerick?

It is believed that limericks date back to the 14th century, and originated in the Irish town of Limerick. The limerick is a humorous five-line poem with two rhymes: one shared by the first, second, and fifth lines, and the other shared by the shorter third and fourth lines. Limericks were popularized in the 19th century by the British humorist Edward Lear, although limerick examples are found in the works of authors as diverse as William Shakespeare and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Because they are such a flexible form of verse, limericks for kids can be as funny as clever limericks. These funny limericks use their bouncy rhyme scheme to explore concepts like math, science, and philosophy. The twisty, punny verses will get you thinking—and giggling!

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A forgetful old gasman named Dieter, / Who went poking around his gas heater, / Touched a leak with his light; / He blew out of sight— / And, as everyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you, he also ruined the meter.Getty Images, rd.com

Gasman named dieter

A forgetful old gasman named Dieter, / Who went poking around his gas heater, / Touched a leak with his light; / He blew out of sight— / And, as everyone who knows anything about poetry can tell you, he also ruined the meter.

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A young Cretan

There was a young fellow of Crete / Who was so exceedingly neat / When he got out of bed / He stood on his head / To make sure of not soiling his feet.

There once was a runner named Dwight / Who could speed even faster than light. / He set out one day / In a relative way / And returned on the previous night.Getty Images, rd.com

Runner named Dwight

There once was a runner named Dwight / Who could speed even faster than light. / He set out one day / In a relative way / And returned on the previous night.

A relative way, get it? This is the sort of funny limerick Einstein might come up with!

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We’re off to see the wizard…

The incredible Wizard of Oz / Retired from his business because / Due to up-to-date science / To most of his clients  / He wasn’t the Wizard he was.

An amoeba named Max and his brother / Were sharing a drink with each other; / In the midst of their quaffing, / They split themselves laughing, / And each of them now is a mother.Getty Images, rd.com

An amoeba named Max

An amoeba named Max and his brother / Were sharing a drink with each other; / In the midst of their quaffing, / They split themselves laughing, / And each of them now is a mother.

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Stairs limerick for clever peopleGetty Images, rd.com

Mind the gap

There was a young fellow from Belfast / That I wanted so badly to tell fast / Not to climb up the stair / As the top step was air / And that’s why the young fellow fell fast.

There was an old girl of Genoa / And I blush when I think that Iowa; / She's gone to her rest, / It's all for the best, / Otherwise I would borrow Samoa.Getty Images, rd.com

Old girl of Genoa

There was an old girl of Genoa / And I blush when I think that Iowa; / She’s gone to her rest, / It’s all for the best, / Otherwise, I would borrow Samoa.

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Ornithology 101

A wonderful bird is the pelican / His bill holds more than his belican / He can take in his beak / Enough food for a week / But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

There once was a lady named Ferris / Whom nothing could ever embarrass. / 'Til the bath salts one day, / in the tub where she lay, / turned out to be Plaster of Paris.Getty Images, rd.com

Lady named Ferris

There once was a lady named Ferris / Whom nothing could ever embarrass. / ‘Til the bath salts one day, / in the tub where she lay, / turned out to be Plaster of Paris.

The star violinist was bowing; / The quarrelsome oarsmen were rowing. / But how is the sage / To discern from this page: / Was it piglets, or seeds, that were sowing?Getty Images, rd.com

The star violinist

The star violinist was bowing; / The quarrelsome oarsmen were rowing. / But how is the sage / To discern from this page: / Was it piglets, or seeds, that were sowing?

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Hydrocarbon limerick for clever peopleGetty Images, rd.com

Irene the scientist

There once was a girl named Irene / Who lived on distilled kerosene / But she started absorbing / A new hydrocarbon / And since then has never benzene.

A magazine writer named Bing / Could make copy from most anything; / But the copy he wrote / of a ten-dollar note / Was so good he now lives in Sing Sing.Getty Images, rd.com

Writer named Bing

A magazine writer named Bing / Could make copy from most anything; / But the copy he wrote / of a ten-dollar note / Was so good he now lives in Sing Sing.

Brie cheese limerick for clever peopleGetty Images, rd.com

No gouda

One Saturday morning at three / A cheese-monger’s shop in Paree / Collapsed to the ground / With a thunderous sound / Leaving only a pile of de brie.

An oyster from Kalamazoo / Confessed he was feeling quite blue. / For he said, "As a rule, / When the weather turns cool, / I invariably get in a stew."Getty Images, rd.com

Oyster from Kalamazoo

An oyster from Kalamazoo / Confessed he was feeling quite blue. / For he said, “As a rule, / When the weather turns cool, / I invariably get in a stew.”

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There once was a girl in the choir / Whose voice rose up hoir and hoir, / Till it reached such a height / It went clear out of seight, / And they found it next day in the spoir.Getty Images, rd.com

Girl in the choir

There once was a girl in the choir / Whose voice rose up hoir and hoir, / Till it reached such a height / It went clear out of sight, / And they found it next day in the spire.

Some of these funny limericks might need a second read!

Is Algebra fruitless endeavor? / It seems they’ve been trying for ever / To find x, y, and z / And it’s quite clear to me: / If they’ve not found them yet then they'll never.Getty Images, rd.com

On algebra

Is Algebra fruitless endeavor? / It seems they’ve been trying for ever / To find x, y, and z / And it’s quite clear to me: / If they’ve not found them yet then they’ll never.

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Harp limerick for clever peopleGetty Images, rd.com

Musically funny limericks

There was a young lady whose chin / Resembled the point of a pin / So she had it made sharp / And purchased a harp / And played several tunes with her chin.

How to spell the potato has tried / Many minds, sometimes mine, I’ll confide. / Though it may have an eye, / There’s no E – don’t ask why! / Not until it’s been baked, boiled or fried.Getty Images, rd.com

How to spell “potato”

How to spell the potato has tried / Many minds, sometimes mine, I’ll confide. / Though it may have an eye, / There’s no E – don’t ask why! / Not until it’s been baked, boiled or fried.

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Should have used a bank

There once was a man from Nantucket / Who kept all his cash in a bucket / His daughter, named Nan / Ran away with a man / And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

There was once a young girl who said : "Why / Can't I look in my ear with my eye? / If I put my mind to it / I'm sure I can do it. / You never can tell till you try."Getty Images, rd.com

Ambitious young girl

There was once a young girl who said : “Why / Can’t I look in my ear with my eye? / If I put my mind to it / I’m sure I can do it. / You never can tell till you try.”

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A tutor who tooted a flute / Tried to teach two young tooters to toot. / Said the two to the tutor, / "Is it harder to toot, or . . . / To tutor two tooters to toot?"Getty Images, rd.com

Tooting tutor

A tutor who tooted a flute / Tried to teach two young tooters to toot. / Said the two to the tutor, / “Is it harder to toot, or . . . / To tutor two tooters to toot?”

This limerick is just plain fun to say!

Disgruntled young Viking

A rather disgruntled young Viking / Found plunder was not to his liking / When they yelled “All ashore,” / He just threw down his oar / And announced, “I’m not striking, I’m striking!”

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Rhymes are hard

A crafty young bard named McMahon / Whose poetry never would scan / Once said, with a pause, / “It’s probably because / I’m always trying to cram as many additional syllables into the last line as I possibly can.”

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Funny limericks as tongue twisters

A flea and a fly in a flue / Were imprisoned, 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.

There was a dear lady of Eden, / Who on apples was quite fond of feedin’; / She gave one to Adam, / Who said, “Thank you, Madam,” / And then both skedaddled from Eden.Getty Images, rd.com

Dear lady of Eden

There was a dear lady of Eden, / Who on apples was quite fond of feedin’; / She gave one to Adam, / Who said, “Thank you, Madam,” / And then both skedaddled from Eden.

Our hunt for funny limericks took us all the way to paradise and back!

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