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Rated: E · Fiction · Nonsense · #2148837
Two boys trade attempts at comic humor. Written for the Daily Flash Fiction challenge.
“There was an old man from New Guinea, who stopped eating meat and got skinny. He ate only fruit, and it was a hoot, to see him ride by on his hinny.”

Frankie threw up his hands in confusion. “What kind of limerick is that? It makes no sense. And what’s a hinny?”

“Shows how much you know,” said Marvin in a mocking tone. “A hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey. Or maybe it’s the other way around. But that doesn’t matter here.”

“So what’s funny about seeing an old guy riding one?”

“If you ever saw one, I’ll bet you’d laugh.”

“Yeah,” Frankie chided, “like you’ve ever seen one. And I’ll bet you’ve never known anyone from New Guinea. You made the whole thing up, didn’t you?”

“Of course I did. Did you think limericks are real stories?”

“Some of them might be. But even if they’re made up, they’re supposed to make sense.”

Marvin huffed and scowled. “All that’s important is that the lines rhyme in a certain way. That’s what makes it a limerick.”

“That, and words that make sense.”

“I’d like to see you do better.”

“Easy." Frankie concentrated for a moment. Then he puffed out his chest and began. “There was an old man....no, there was a young man from, um, wait. There was a young man from Brazil, who ate some bad food and got ill. He climbed into bed, and covered his head, but, um, he couldn’t, um...wait. I’ve gotta start over. There was--”

Buzzzzz,” Marvin yelled. “There was real bozo named Frankie, who’s limericks really were stanky. He never heard of a hinny, and he acts like a ninny--”

“And for his nosebleed Marvin’s gonna need a hanky.”
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