Clarihew and cry

By Phil Plait | November 4, 2010 11:25 am

Sir Zachary Weiner,
His head now much leaner,
His ginger tresses ethereal,
No longer float in his Saturday morning breakfast cereal.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery, Humor
MORE ABOUT: SMBC, Zach Weiner

Comments (12)

  1. IBY

    @Phil
    I know this is out of topic, but can I request an online interview? I contacted with an e-mail, but I don’t know how long it would take for you to respond. Anyways, the topic is about extrasolar planet. The interview is for my research project in my college English class, which is a requirement for me. If you can’t do it, can you refer me to another expert?

  2. Lorne Schneider

    Astronomer Phil Plait
    Much more of a skeptic of late
    Still practices celestial taxonomy
    At his blog called Bad Astronomy

  3. Who knew that his middle name’s “Cary”?
    I guess that’s a little bit scary.
    With his NASA hat wide,
    His albedo he’d hide.
    From now on, I will be more wary.

    Hey, what do you want from a computer geek in less than 2 minutes? At least the meter fits, unlike that last line in your poem. :-)

  4. Ha ha! Albedo – love it. :-)

    #1 IBY – I don’t want to horn in on Phil here, but he tends to get pretty busy, so if he can’t get back to you, I could help out. See website linked from my name for contact info.

  5. Brian

    Phil: Excellent!

    Ken B: It’s a clerihew; the last line is supposed to have the wrong meter.

  6. Brian (5):

    Ken B: It’s a clerihew; the last line is supposed to have the wrong meter.

    Who knew that his middle name’s “Cary”?
    I guess that’s a little bit scary.
    With his NASA hat wide,
    His albedo he’d hide.
    From now on, I’ll check the meanings of title words I don’t recognize.

  7. Nemesis

    Along came a skeptic,
    The misinformation antiseptic,
    The bringer of news,
    A comment board for me to abuse.

  8. There once was a skeptic named Phil…

  9. DreamTheEndless

    I didn’t know the term, so I had to look it up. While Zach’s and yours are fine, the original artist created a work of genius with:

    Sir James Dewar
    Is smarter than you are
    None of you asses
    Can liquify gases.

    Oh, and Felicia Day is awesome. And hot. (People who are confused should read Zach’s post that started all this.)

  10. Eric TF Bat

    Brigadier General Phil Plait
    Has attracted ire of late
    From those who slather words about without economy
    To insist that he stick to the general topic of astronomy.

  11. Eric TF Bat

    PZ Myers
    Never tires
    Of laying on the scepticism thick
    Even on occasions when he risks being a dick.

    Hmmm… this is fun!

  12. TDL

    Hmm…
    “Weiner” rhymes with diner
    “Wiener” rhymes with leaner

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