Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Classic comic 276 - Fixed width

There once was a young man from Dingle
Whose girl set his heart all a-tingle,
But IM line-length
Trumped emotional strength
And heartbreakingly, he wound up single.

Original comic here.

A cautionary tale for anyone conducting a romance via MSN.

Sadly I was unable to make the limerick itself come out in fixed width. If any of you clever clogs out there can, I would love to hear from you.


  1. Where are you from? Your limericks refer to quintessentially European places. It's rather pleasing.

    No luck with the fixed-width challenge - I can't see how to stretch the third and fourth lines out long enough while not screwing up the metre.

  2. I am from England. I think a lot of the early limericks were written using the place name as the original stimulus, but now it's the other way round and I have the devil of a time trying to hunt down places that rhyme with all the XKCD ideas.

    Funnily enough, I've found some fixed-width limericks at http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=18039. I don't think I'm enough of a smarty pants to make one myself though, and besides this site uses the wrong font for them to work.