So I wrote this limerick for a CBC Radio contest (on the science show “Quirks & Quarks”), but it didn’t win. I think the winner was a child, which is cool because the prize was a telescope. It was also cool because in my research for the limerick I got to learn about some tiny particles and how they work. I forget most of it now, but nothing makes you say “the universe is awesome!” like learning about tiny particles.
Actually, that’s not true; plenty of things make me say that. The vast reaches of space! Deep-sea creatures! The ability of the human heart to love! Colours!
Anyway, here’s the limerick.
For close to a light year we shone
But my weak-interacting Lepton
Said “To love I am v*;
I am just passing through.”
Alas! My neutrino is gone.
* v = the Greek letter ‘Nu’
If you write a limerick in the comments section, then I will undoubtedly high-five you if and when I next see you. If it’s about astronomy, two high-fives.