Monday, 23 December 2019

SEASONAL GREETINGS 2019, with some bird-brained additions from our first few days back in Mt. Pleasant

The title says it all,


The other important thing is to wish y'all 


Notes re the cast: Most of the  participants were photographed at Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant SC, during the month of December, 2019. Carl the cardinal is a resident of Toronto, Canada, but presumably has left for the winter.   

 Visit to the Shem Creek dock to
obtain shrimp, December, 2019

Check out the rest of the illustrated nonsense verses on waterfowl here (original post), here ('more'...) and here ('even more'...). 

Check out the rest of Giorgio's 'Curtained (faintly obscene) Verseshere.

Friday, 20 December 2019



PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2019.
ORIGINAL SONG: "In the Jailhouse Now", Jimmie Rodgers, 1928, recorded by many artists, including Webb Pierce, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins and Leon Russell; a somewhat different version was recorded by Johnny Cash. Most recently the song, as performed by Tim Blake Nelson and The 'Soggy Bottom Boys' appeared in the filmscript and on the soundtrack of the Coen Brother's film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Check out the YouTube video here. 

SONGLINK: See the version of this post designed for ukulele and guitar players on our lyrics-blog 'SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere. (If you haven't been signed up for that source of lyrical wonderment but crave entry, leave a comment here including your email, in strict confidence).


(to the tune of "In the Jailhouse Now")

I had a friend named lobbyin’ Paul
Misdemeanors? really quite small -- 
He helped out Putin's vassal in Ukraine.
Got up the nose of Mueller
His sentence just got fuller;
(He'd worked a while on Trump’s ‘Sixteen campaign).  

A witness-tamper tale; they done revoked his bail.
Those judges learned the facts
'Bout mortgage fraud and cheat-on-tax --
He's in the jailhouse now.

Paul warn't no copperator,
As Mueller found out later,,
Paul figgered he'd get pardoned by the Chief.
His partner Rick keeps scattin',
There's some that call that rattin',
Rick knew that Paul's the one who'd get relief. 

Gates worked for presidents,
But turned 'state's evidence',
A short time will be spent
For launderin' and embezzlement.
He's in the jailhouse now.

Ah di o-dalee eehee hee
Ah di o-dalee eehee hee
Yode layee-hee
Yode layee-hee
Yode lay-ee.

Before 16's election
Don’s standard for selection
Was helpers that were loyal and quite tough.
They'd had some indiscretions,
But unlike Jeffie Sessions,
They wouldn't chicken out when things got rough.

Good guys like Michael Cohen,
Mike Flynn and Roger Stone,
And here I'm being blunt.
Collusion? No, it's a witch hunt.
Let’s lock up Hillary soon.

Repeat yodelling chorus.

SONGLINKS: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs found on previous postings on our lyrics blog, "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". (Click to enjoy them).
 #178 "Indiana Song"
 #175 "Rosenstein"
 #173 "Brennan's Tweet"
 #158 "First Year on the Range"

HOLD THE FORT for an IMPORTANT NOTICE. Our two blogs are now being joined by a third member, a dream for those who want a source of poignant humour tinged with eco-sensitivity and photographic ingenuity delivered to their email queue daily. 
"DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSEdraws much of its source material from the collections of illustrated verses which are inspired by the world around us on the current blog;  admittedly, those posts can get rather long and ponderous as more material presents itself. On the new blog, each daily posting will have a single focus illustrated by blog-editor Giorgio Coniglio's iphone-camera revelations, by terse original poetry, and by references to impeccable and awesome internet sources. Best of all, they can be appreciated within two minutes at most, don't involve solving puzzles or dismantling  words, and it's easy to unsuscribe.
If you want to access these essential bits-of-fluff daily, the best approach is to subscribe by entering your email (harmlessly, it's protected!!!) into the 'gadget' at the top-right hand of one of the new blogposts.

See you daily, or as often as you like, on-line.  

Sunday, 15 December 2019


WORDPLAY post #198 

"The Kiss"
ée Rodin, Paris 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2019. Today's verses have also been web-published at OEDILF.coman online humor dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 carefully edited limericks. Thanks are due to OEDILF contributing-editor MikeAq who kindly permitted links to some of his verses in the present collection (proceed to the bottom of the post to see those).
As limerick-writers are often tempted to dive into the baser spheres of human life, the dictionary has a 'curtained room', accessible only to online members, presumably flagging that the designated verses may not be suitable for children. On his own recognizance, Giorgio has selected the following verses from OEDILF's 'Curtained Room', based on their  requiring only 'light curtaining', and taken the risk of offending some readers by publishing them on this otherwise sedate, and arguably family-oriented blog.

WARNING: The following verses may not be suitable for all ages. Those under 15, or over 85, are advised to read the following content only with the permission and supervision of an adult family member.  

Further discussion of anglo-Greek and anglo-Latin influences on spoken and written English are discussed here.

Further poetic musings on canoeing can be found on an earlier blogpost.

There may be some debate as to whether the above verse, less explicit than some others, might need to be 'curtained'. And with this teaser, perhaps I can induce you to review the verses on an older but extensively reworked blogpost entitled "Limericks about Classic Palindromes".

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's 'Doodle'

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's 'Eighty

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Digital"

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Assaulting"

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Grounds for Divorce" .

Tuesday, 10 December 2019



The current offering represents a followup to a slew of recent map-art blogposts by Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH. 
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #1
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #4
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #1
Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #4

"A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion, set to music, on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in post #185 of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" 

rêve = French for dream.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: a stop on U.S. Route 66, as mentioned in the eponymic jazz ballad.
Amana Colonies: a religious community, the Pietists, founded this settlement in the state of Iowa in 1856.
panama (Ecuadorian hat): a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin, becoming popular worldwide at the beginning of the 20th century.
BNA Act: The British North America Act paved the way for the  Confederation of Canada in 1867.

And, if you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go on to "Magical Canal Verses and Palindromes" (only available on or after Jan 15, 2020)

Sunday, 8 December 2019


Season Greetings to All from your friends here at NONSENSE CENTRAL..

Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and DrGH want to send you and yours all the best for a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas, a prosperous New Year, and freedom from irritating robo-calls (you can pick up to 3 of these choices).

To help you enjoy all the time for socializing and contemplation at this time of year, there is nothing like structured NONSENSE.
And we are delighted to send you some samples and links to the expanding world of nonsense without any obligation on your part. You may have already seen some of this material, but most of it is newly formatted, and may be worth your giving it a second look. (If not, it can be easily sent to TRASH.)

Song-lyrics from the 2015 holiday season revisited, based on an article in the journal The Economist entitled "TURKEY'S FLIGHT"

SUBSTITUTE LYRICS are subbed into TWO original songs, making this a a pair-ody.
ORIGINAL SONG#1: "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts...), written by Wells and Tormé  in 1944, and recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio 1946.
ORIGINAL SONG#2: "Good King Wenceslas", John Mason Neale 1853, but often now mistakenly referred to as 'traditional'. Neale's piece, (based on accounts of the Bohemian Wenceslas legend, and a 13th century 'spring-carol tune) was highly criticized in the 1920s as "ponderous moral doggerel".
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, January, 2015; updated in 2017.   
SONGLINK: Click here to see the song-lyrics with chord charts formatted for performers on ukulele and guitar (other string instruments can probably benefit as well.)
 For another song-lyrics parody on  "The Christmas Song"  see our earlier posting "The Cynic's Songhere.
But, BE WARNED: The song-lyrics site is now a private blog, so to be allowed access, you will have to leave me a comment here indicating your email address, so I can set up your entrance documentration.


part #1(to the tune of The Christmas Song - "Chestnuts Roasting")

Essay featured in Economist,
Turkeys' origins disclosed -
Centerpiece of each year's Yuletide feast,
Subspecies bred in Mexico.

Dolts like me believed that gobblers and that Mid-East land -
Names were mere coincidence.
Ottomans, trading ships, caravans -
I understand, it now makes sense.

You can enjoy the rest of the song by clicking to this link which will lead you to our fascinating blog... (The link is guaranteed to be free of viruses, malware and antibiotic-resistant organisms.)
or if you prefer to trash this communication, I suspect you know the routine.



WORDPLAY post #196
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, 2018-2019. Today's verses have also been published or remain under review at (Omnificent EnglishDictionary in Limerick Form), an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 laboriously edited limericks, including over 300 that we have submitted there. The OEDILFian code number for the verse and its status, 'T' = 'transitional', is indicated below each of our slides. 
Palindromes have been featured on our blogsite EDIFYING NONSENSE since its inception. The concept of 'goofy' variants on classical palindromes was honored as the topic of three blog-postings that you can link to here. 
A to H post#20 ; I to O post#29 ; P to Z post #40. Indeed, the goofy variants are often the key to teasing rhymes from this otherwise inflexible form of wordplay.
Incidentally, artwork, including photos, as well as poetry, are the creation of this website's author-editors unless otherwise indicated.  The original 'inventors' of the classic palindromes have generally not been reported, and are best regarded as having been lost in the sands of time.

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick medleys on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". 

Please note that beyond this point in the presentation, there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes (phrases or sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read backwards as well as forwards)

1. A man, a panama
2. Drawn onward
3. Dennis sinned
4. Gnu dung
5. Yreka bakery
6. Lonely Tylenol
7. UFO tofu
8. Too hot to hoot
9. Never odd or even 
10. Sex at noon taxes
11. No 'X' in Nixon
12. A Santa at NASA
13. T. Eliot's toilet
14. Madam, I'm Adam
15. Sex of foxes
16. Able ere Elba
17. A Toyota's a Toyota
18. No lemon; no melon (Fruitless)
19. Mr Owl ate my metal worm
20. Emil's lime
21. Ida's denial
22. Selfless
23. See-saw
24. Canals 

 "A man, a plan, a canal -- Panamais one of the best known palindromes in the English language. Read about the deliberations leading to the discovery of this iconic phrase in either poetry or song-lyrics

You can enjoy the rest of these short poems by clicking on this link which will lead you to...