Thursday, 1 December 2016

Singable Limericks #11: The Great Outdoors

POST #140

 Singable Limericks 
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to  "The Limerick Song", as per YouTube here.
LIMERICK VERSE:  Original lyrics composed and set to music by Giorgio Coniglio, November 2016.
EXPLANATORY NOTES: Many of these verses have also been published at the online humor dictionary OEDILF , as noted. In some cases, the title of the verse shown below has been altered from the "defined word" listed at


(To the tune of "The Limerick Song") 

A million Emergency Room visits per year in the United States are caused by concern over stings from insects of the order Hymenoptera; stings can result in significant local reactions and even anaphylaxis. Many people attribute these incidents, without differentiation, to 'bees'. In fact, the common honeybees and bumblebees are considerably less aggressive than yellow jackets, such as Vespula maculifrons; these latter pesty wasps make us miserable in the summer and early fall, particularly at fairs and other outdoor events by their relentless search for sugar-containing foods. Vespine is the adjective relating to wasps.

Eagle populations declined severely during the previous century due to hunting, loss of habitat, confined farm-animal production, and pesticides, particularly DDT, which accumulated to dangerous levels in fish. Improvement in some factors has resulted in a recent resurgence in populations of these scavenging predators, who have enjoyed protected status. They are now prominent denizens of some urban landfills, with attendant problems in adjacent built-up areas.

Beach nourishment or replenishment, a process first used in 1922, is a shore protection measure, replacing sand lost from erosion using sources outside the depleting beach. Sullivan's Island SC, in contrast to its neighbours, has enjoyed progressive beach accretion in recent years.

Even in Canada, cities seem hot, dirty and undesirable in mid-summer. Prominent among retreats north of Toronto is Algonquin Provincial Park, a large area in the Canadian Shield where natural beauty is preserved. Travel within the park proceeds primarily by canoe, and lodging is at campsites.

The geyser (GAHY-zer or GEE-ser) is an unusual hydrogeologic phenomenon which occurs in volcanic zones where magma (molten lava) is close to the surface, and there is fissuring of rocks due to earthquake faults. Minerals dissolved from adjacent rocks precipitate out, forming a lining for a type of 'plumbing system' in which steam builds up, resulting in regular eruptions of boiling water. Changes in the colour of the swirling hot water in the pool help predict the arrival of the next photogenic discharge. The name derives from the Icelandic word for 'gushes'.

In the aftermath of major hurricanes, poor Caribbean nations with limited resources suffer terribly. Hurricane Matthew left hundreds of thousands homeless in Haiti in October 2016. More resistant infrastructure and organized emergency measures in southeastern American coastal states, including the vulnerable Carolina "Lowcountry", mitigated storm damage there.

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