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Clerihews: The Final Five

Posted by Robin Abrahams  July 11, 2008 06:50 AM

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This post will float at the top until July 11. New entries are below.

The Clerihews were created by you.
They rhymed.
They did not scan.
There are many entries.
And I have a plan.

... and the plan is, you get to vote on the winner! These are the top five clerihews. Vote for your favorites until midnight on July 10--Clerihew Day!--and the winner will be announced on the morning of July 11.

Bill Gates
Has left the giant software company everyone hates.
"Hey, Mistah?
Are *you* gonna use Vista?"

William S. Burroughs
Had a brow filled with wrinkles and furrows
(Which were probably exacerbated, of course,
By his addiction to horse).

Tim Berners-Lee
Invented HTTP
Thus the World Wide Web was born
For Nigerian Diplomats and porn.

Thomas Edison
Invented a type of electricity that we have mostly had to jettison.
The clear advantages of direct over alternating current

Edmund C. Bentley
Wrote intently,
But would now be anonymous
Were it not for the verse form for which his middle name is eponymous.

This one is not up for voting. I just wanted to bring it to the main page:

Blanche Willey, a.k.a. Aunt Sis
Gone to God, we'll sorely miss
No longer hurting, no more fears
Leaves broken hearts, lots of tears.

Rest in peace, Ms. Willey, and know that your niece Penny is thinking of you.

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