Thanks to Elise Thompson over at LAist, yesterday I learned me a new limerick that’s 98 years old:

The Pelican

A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

— Dixon Lanire Merrith (1910)

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Here’s am eastern brown pelican I snapped November 2007
atop a tidal marker at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
(click to triplify)