What does a screamingly tired science writer do in-between editing overdue articles?
Why, search for science limericks of course.
Here’s a favourite, relating to male aggression and sexual coercion of females in nonhuman primates and other mammals:
Smuts says if a male chimp is lusting,
But girl finds him dull or disgusting,
Then sexual coercion
Can overcome her aversion
And he’ll reach his goal, namely: thrusting.
Here’s my attempt at a science limerick in my PhD field (reproductive immunology, the study of how the immune system plays a role in determining reproductive success).
You wonder how on Earth it can know
In your uterus; who is friend and whom foe?
Sperm and bacteria overwhelm,
This mysterious realm,
Yet regardless, the fetus can grow.
Thank-you, and goodnight.
[image thanks to DOliphant on flickr]