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A humourous verse of five lines, in which the first and second lines rhyme with the fifth, and the shorter third and fourth lines rhyme. Limericks were made famous by the writer Edward Lear, who wrote the "Book of Nonsense" in the 19th century. The name comes from a song about the town of Limerick in Ireland. Many limericks are nonsensical, but the space limericks here have been chosen to educate as well.

RELATIVITY . . . Anonymous

    There was a young lady so bright
    Who could travel much faster than light
    She went out one day
    In a relative way
    And returned on the previous night.


    There was a young pilot named Mark
    Who flew into space after dark
    When a flare from the Sun
    That he could not outrun
    Put an end to the lark of young Mark.

SETI . . . Unknown

    The funding for SETI is vexing
    With a lack of solutions perplexing
    But on the horizon
    They're hoping Verizon
    Can setup unlimited texting.

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