Last month, we announced, here on MAKE, a contest I was running, with my publisher. The winners have been selected in Chicago Review Press’s Practical Pyromaniac Clerihew Contest. The Practical Pyromaniac is my latest book.
A clerihew is a four line, eccentrically metered, rhyming biographical poem. Easy to write and fun to read, entrants were asked to write a clerihew that describes a famous scientist, or other person or event closely associated with fire.
Rudolf Diesel’s As German as measles, But his engine stayed mobile, So his legacy’s global. –Kelly Robinson
The Runners Up:
The Great London Fire Destroyed St. Paul’s choir. The nave and transepts were burned to sticks On the 4th of September, 1666. – Chris Kaiser
Catherine O’Leary’s cow Would probably disavow Her role in the blaze of ‘seventy-one… Too bad the witness is Well Done. – Erik Stearns
Well over a hundred entries were received. It was a difficult task selecting the winners because of all the excellent entries. Points were awarded for topic relevance, style, and cleverness.
The following entries have been singled out for Special Mention:
The Philosopher Empedocles Thought there were four elements, and these Were earth and water, fire and air He was wrong, *but* they made a square. – Nick Muellerleile
Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford Showed heat made when gun bored. This example of friction, a conservation of energy prediction. – Ben Brockert
Baybars, Sultan of Egypt Into his hand cannon, gunpowder tipped. But how many klutzes lost a foot shootin’ in the Battle of Ain Jalut? – Elissa Malcohn
Mrs. O’Leary Hated the theory That it was her cow That started that row. – Yossef Mendelssohn
Thanks to William Crookes And his love of science books, We now have faithful records Of Faraday’s Candle Lectures. – Roger Kilbourne
Isaac Watts Observed a lot. He observed that observation Is learning’s firm foundation. – Michael Hahn
Had Herostratus Gone on hiatus, The shrine in Ephesus Would not be in pieces. – Brandon Burt
Sir Joseph Priestly Looked at “airs” uniquely. Phlogiston he spurned And with O2 burned. – Jim Fenwood
Antoine Lavoisier Had a flawless dossier. Hydrogen and oxygen he bred, right until they chopped of his head. – Ben Brockert
Sir Humphry Davy, for miners so gravely created a light never to unexpectedly ignite. – Jonathan Hammler
Are their more? You bet, tons more! See them all at www.nfttu.com