With the help of some fellow Darwin bloggers (who did not enter the contest), I have decided on the winners of the Darwin Limerick Contest. Here again are the prizes:
1st place: A signed copy of David Quammen's The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (hardcover). Remember, Quammen is connected with my history department, so it's absolutely authentic.
2nd place: DVD of the 2 hour episode of PBS's Evolution, "Darwin's Dangerous Idea," and Peter J. Bowler's Charles Darwin: The Man and His Influence (softcover, 1990). The book is a second copy of mine, but in very good condition, and the DVD was mine also, but I no longer need it now that I own the entire Evolution series.
3rd place: Charles Darwin: On Evolution, edited by Thomas F. Glick and David Kohn (softcover, 1996). This is a second copy of mine. Some shelf wear and a cover crease, but in nice shape.
And the winners (out of 32 entries total) are:
1st place: Cuttlefish, with:
The object of all my affection
Just told me I failed her inspection!
So I guess that this means
It’s the end for my genes—
There’s a downside to natural selection!
2nd place: TT. France (from UK), with:
I’m frustrated and bored on this ship,
Out at sea with no specimens -- zip!
And that rig-swinging crew --
They’re like apes in a zoo!
I fear nothing will come of this trip.
3rd place: Jim Pettit, with:
Many people still heap persecution
On those who espouse evolution.
Forgive such assault;
Is it really their fault
They've evolved with their brains Lilliputian?
Please contact me (darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com) to give me your mailing address. Some runners up were:
Adrian Thysse, with:
There was a young man from Shrewsbury
Who seldom did anything newsworthy.
Till one opportune day
He sailed away
On a Beagle known to be sea-worthy.
While still a young man, Darwin went
On a trip—and the curious gent,
From the fractions of inches
Twixt beaks of his finches
Inferred there was common descent!
Bjørn Østman, with:
There once was a man named Chuck
Who said my cousin's a duck
But that cannot be
My cousin you see
Is a baptist from Virginia Kentuck