April 30, 2024

APR 30 (2024): singable satire: "THREE BEARS IN OUR HOT-TUB"


ORIGINAL SONG"Three Coins in The Fountain", 1954, as performed by Frank Sinatra. The song was written by Jule Styne (melody) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for the romantic film "Three Coins in the Fountain". The film has a plot involving Rome's famous Trevi Fountain, with a man named Giorgio as one of the principal characters. The song received an Academy Award in 1955 for Best Original Song. Hear Sinatra croon the tune HERE.

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, 2016. 

PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "Three Bears in Our Hot-Tub" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.

INSPIRATION: A newsfeed story related that a California man found his outdoor jacuzzi invaded by a bear who had climbed over his fence; the animal drank a cocktail at tub-side, then left the property and fell asleep in a nearby tree. Similar tales are not uncommon in the Pacific Northwest, but the current story of ursine home-invasion is considerably more elaborate than any single news report found online. 


(to the tune of "Three Coins in the Fountain")

Three-meter-high barriers
Should ensure your privacy.
Yogi swings with his cronies,
Down from that overhanging tree.

Three bears in our hot-tub
Each one loosening its bowels.
Good guests should wipe up messes;
These bears use our new white towels.

Three bears drank our cocktails,
Each snarfed snacks in our lanai.
Bare bears then tried romance
When margaritas got them high.

Is the new pool-liner wrecked?
Is the new pool-liner wrecked?

Three bears on our pool-deck,
Snoring after so much fun.
"I can no longer bear it - 
Get help! (I think that that's a pun.)"


"Three Bears", Anna Hyatt Huntington,
aluminum sculpture,
Brookgreen Gardens, SC.

April 29, 2024

APR 29, exotic destination: Nome, Alaska


a) reprise from April 2020

APR 30, exotic destination: Nome, Alaska

Other verses about 'Exotic Travel Destinations' can be found on our blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE.


April 28, 2024

APR 28, insects: mosquitoes


a) reprise from April 2020

APR 28, insects: mosquitoes

You can review Giorgio's other verses about pesty and occasionally beneficial insects, as  collected in 'Buzzwords: Verses about Insects' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.


April 27, 2024

APR 27, waterfowl: flight of the great blue heron

Start at the right hand side, uppermost row, and scroll downward to follow the bird as it flies from your right to our left.

Interested readers might also want to review an illustrated poem about great blue herons in an earlier post on this blog. Or, you could check out our entire collection of illustrated verses on this topic in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 

links for any date on this blog: scroll over to the calendar-based listings of 'Past Posts' in the righthand column on this page, choose your month of interest, and then select (by clicking) the post of your choice.

April 26, 2024

APR 26, trees: gnarling

a) reprise from April 2020:

APR 26, trees: gnarling

TO ENLARGE any slide or stand-alone photo on this blog, just click on it. To reverse the process, and return to this standard view, find the little 'x' in the upper right corner of the black field and click there.

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Uprooted Verse: 'Poems about Trees' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 


April 25, 2024

APR 25, Carolina lowcountry wildlife: continuation

A continuation from the post of April 18 

processing the morning's catch

the "pelicatessen" reopens for lunch

See our previous posts about the "pelicatessen", and brown pelicans.

Henrietta poses for a formal portrait

another five-lined skink

tractor-seat plant

snowy egret, afternoon fishing

sediment balls, intertidal zone,
sign of crabs' feeding activity.

fiddler crab, carrying food,
sandy edge of brackish marsh at low tide

glossy privet hedge in bloom

great blue heron, in crepuscular light 

Get a poetic glimpse of the term "crepuscular" by clicking HERE.

sunset view from the boardwalk

April 24, 2024

APR 24, scopes of medicine: endoscopic spectrum

 a) reprise from April 2020

APR 24, scopes of medicine: endoscopic spectrum

Authors' Note

Uro: medical jargon for 'urologist'

scope: (jargon, as here) in modern usage, a camera with flexible fiberoptic cable to visualize internal viscera; abbreviated from endoscope

   This verse deals with endoscopic procedures that use flexible fiberoptic devices to inspect and sometimes to biopsy or to treat the lining of various hollow body organs (viscera). Recently, as  such instruments have become more technically sophisticated and widely used, these procedures have expanded their role and their accuracy in specialty medical practice. Advanced training is required for practitioners to acquire expertise. In addition to the procedures mentioned in this collection of verses, similar considerations underlie operative laparoscopy, culdoscopy, etc.

You can view a collection of verses on this topic  by proceeding to 'Inner Enlightenment: The Scopes of Modern Medicine' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !

b) rainy-day excursion:
trip to a charming rural church for a chamber-music concert

April 23, 2024

APR 23, American satire (prolongation): obstruction of justice


Author's Note

A.G.: Attorney Generala political appointee heading the US Department of Justice   
prezcasual term for president, used in lightweight discussion of the American political situation
Forty-Five: a sequential numbering system is used in the United States for successive holders of the elected office of President; we are currently on number Forty-Six (Joe Biden)
capo: 'head', or 'boss' in Italian, frequently used in connection with the Cosa Nostra (Mafia)
We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 40 more on this topic in 6 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 


April 22, 2024

APR 22, boating: kayaking at Shem Creek

a) reprise from April 2020:

APR 22, boating: kayaking at Shem Creek

notes about kayak excursions; dolphin; waterfowl; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

kayak; sit-on; fishing trawler; Giorgio Coniglio

Start of the 'maiden voyage', 2015
(archival photo per RCH)

SONG-LYRICS: You may not be surprised that we have a parody song entitled "My Blue Sit-On" that you can enjoy by proceeding HERE on this blog. 


April 21, 2024

APR 21, mammalian wildlife: star-nosed mole

a) reprise from 2020

APR 21, mammalian wildlife: star-nosed mole

You can find a song about the star-nosed mole on our blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to access it! 
You can also review the whole collection of illustrated verses about mammals (both domestic and exotic) by checking out the more extensive post on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".



April 20, 2024

APR 20 (2024), singable patter-satire: "The UNIQUENESS OF NUCLEAR"

ORIGINAL SONG:  "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959. 
Tom Lehrer, parodist

PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, October 2013, a follow-up to our childhood enjoyment of Latin classes, as expressed in the earlier song "No Elements". Please note that T.L.'s genius has provided inspiration for a further handful of parody patter-songs. 
An earlier version of this particular song was first web-published in 2013 on the site "AmIRight" under the title "
Residents and Presidents". It has now been extensively updated for presentation to you, our favorite readers. 

PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany this song on your favorite instrument, proceed to our lyrics-blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" by clicking HERE (and when you get to the bottom of the SillySongs post, you can find links to our other songs inspired by Lehrer.) 


(to the tune of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements")

Singable Introduction:

There was a swarm of parodists who pounced straight for the jugular;
They satirized a Prez whose speech was smug yet sometimes struggular;
Disdain for George the Son, less blame for James from Plains in evidence;
They pegged the mis-spoke "NUCULAR" the catchword of the Presidents.

I toiled for several decades in the Section known as "NUCLEAR";
Though now fairly famili-ar, I still find it peculi-ar
That highly educated voices, palatal and uvular
Would schedule tests, requests infested with the mis-spoke "NUCULAR".

 Jimmy Carter and George W Bush
test requests


Patter-Song Lyrics

There's popular and insular and regular, oracular
Cuticular, vehicular, vesicular, vernacular
And tabular and tubular and muscular and modular
And cellular and singular and circular and nodular.

There's fibular, follicular, and pustular and jocular 
Vestibular and valvular, auricular and ocular
And vascular, crepuscular and titular, testicular
Peninsular, peduncular, avuncular, particular.

Triangular, corpuscular, spectacular and annular,
Articular and angular, glomerular and granular,
And glandular and scapular and spicular and globular
Molecular, trabecular, lenticular and lobular. 

And endless adjectival terms in Med'cine and Biology
With current usage driven by their Latin deriv-ology,
Like saccular and secular and ovular, fascicular
Reticular, radicular, furuncular, funicular.

So, clearly there's no stimulus for apparatus cochlear,
That simulates the sound unique of proper-spoken "NUCLEAR".


April 19, 2024

APR 19, postal places, USA: Hoboken, NJ


Authors' Note:  NJ is the official abbreviation for the American state of New Jersey, in which Hoboken, a town with population of about 60,000, is situated, commuting distance from New York City.

THe town was first settled by Europeans in the 17th century as part of the New Netherland colony. Following the Dutch era, it became known as the site of the first recorded game of baseball, and as the birthplace (1915) and hometown of Frank Sinatra. 

At one fell swoop, you can review all our postal poems about intriguing places in the USA and Canada, by proceeding to the encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !

April 18, 2024

APR 18, this week's Carolina lowcountry wildlife

green anole, on backyard fence

Henrietta, the sociable great egret,
at Shem Creek boardwalk

"Blue-tailed skink",
 the origin of that common name is obvious here;
(juvenile five-lined skinks and broad-headed skinks
 have a similar appearance)

jellyfish, recently washed ashore,
Sullivan's Island, SC

a weight-lifting skink

foraging nocturnal opossum
 captured in our porch light 

Henrietta watching kayakers

"Hop to it" (on one leg),
peculiar habit of many shorebirds

African iris
(floral break from all the fauna)

pelican flight

Editor's Note: More photos on this topic can be found on a later posting HERE.