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15 Funny Limericks Only Clever People Will Get

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Love them or hate them, funny limericks can definitely be good for a laugh (or groan). These five-line poems with a very specific rhyme scheme might seem silly—because, well, they often are—but sometimes, they can be surprisingly profound! These funny limericks use their bouncy rhyme scheme to explore concepts like math, science, and philosophy. They’re still jokes, sure, but with a riddle-ish flair to them! And speaking of, see if you can solve 25 of the hardest riddles ever.

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.

Like these funny limericks, these 25 clever jokes make you sound smart.

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.

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.

Check out some more of our favorite funny jokes about science.

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.

Here’s a funny joke for every single U.S. state.

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?

If these funny limericks make you chuckle, check out these hilarious grammar jokes sure to make word nerds laugh.

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.

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.”

Check out more funny poems that will brighten your day.

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 seight, / And they found it next day in the spoir.

Some of these funny limericks might need a double take! Seriously, why do words that are spelled so differently rhyme?!

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.

This one, written by Graham Lester, is for those of us who loved or hated math class. Here are some more of our favorite math jokes.

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.

After reading this limerick by Graham Lester, we’re now hungry for French fries. If you like these funny limericks, check out some more of our favorite food jokes.

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.”

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 by Carolyn Wells 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!”

If you liked that one by Graham Lester, here are some more funny jokes for history buffs.

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.

Who would’ve thought our hunt for funny limericks would take us biblical?! Next, check out some more funny limericks that will make both kids and adults laugh.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest