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The first of them is as follows:
- There was a sweet girl of Decatur
- Who went to sea on a freighter.
- She was screwed by the master
- -An utter disaster-
- But the crew all made up for it later.
This one marked the beginning. I composed it on the Queen Elizabeth II when returning from a visit to Great Britain in June 1974. When I recited it, everyone laughed. Since that time I have been writing down limericks. I wasn't going to let myself forget them and lose laughs.
Subsequent limerick books by Asimov
- More Lecherous Limericks (1976), ISBN 978-0802705150
- Still More Lecherous Limericks (1977), ISBN 978-0802771063
- Asimov's Sherlockian Limericks (1978), ISBN 978-0892960392
- A Grossery of Limericks, with John Ciardi (1981), ISBN 978-0393331127
- Isaac Asimov's Limericks for Children (1984), ISBN 978-0898452396
- Limericks, Too Gross, with John Ciardi (1985), ISBN 978-0393045307
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