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September 4th, 2003
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"Animal Fair"
It's a little-known but amusing fact that "Love Potion Number Nine" is in iambic pentameter, and if you're in need of highbrow amusement you can sing random sonnets along to it. I picked this tidbit up from a friend in Berkeley lo these many years ago, and it's one of those things that seems to be fairly common trivia knowledge around fringe circles.

However: I have just realized that the classic children's song "Animal Fair" is, similarly, written in the lyrical meter of a limerick.

It's entirely too brain-bendy of a thing for this early in the morning to be singing physics limericks to the tune of a song I got taught in elementary school.

Incidentally, there seem to be a near-infinite number of versions of this song floating around. The one I got taught had the (second/last) verse run: "The monkey he got drunk / And sat on the elephant's trunk. / The elephant sneezed / And fell on his knees / And that was the end of the monk, the monk, the monk." A far sight bawdier than the monkey's harmless antics that most versions of the song seem to have.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
Current Music: Strongbad, "Fhqwhgads", in an attempt to out-earworm it

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Date:September 4th, 2003 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Date:September 4th, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC)
"Come on, Fhqwhgads. I see you jocking me. Tryin' to play like, u no mi?"

Incidentally, the song's name is actually "To The Limit."
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Date:September 4th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
Man, fhqwhgads...
You're just makin' yourself look worse, you know...
I mean, everybody's just gonna feel sorry for you...
I mean, I do.

(To be precise, the song's title is "Everybody To The Limit".)
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Date:September 5th, 2003 12:23 am (UTC)
Correction: "And stepped on the elephant's trunk". 'Cause the monkey was, y'know, going to the limit.
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