State Of The Map 2008/LimerickPoemCompetition

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SOTM 2008 Limerick limerick Poem Page

A limerick is a humerous five-line poem with a strict form: A-A-B-B-A rhyme with two long, two short, one long sentence. More information here

A GPS mapper named Mike,
Covered 62 miles on his bike,
But was rueful to find,
at the end of the grind,
That the said GPS was on strike.

Can you do any better?

Contributions welcome in any of these categories:

1) Limerick's you would show your mother and that she just might understand.

2) Dubious Limericks that you certainly would not show your mother.

3) Obscure jargon-ridden Limericks that no-one except hard core OSM mappers would understand.


A GPS mapper named Mike,
Covered 62 miles on his bike,
But was rueful to find,
At the end of the grind,
That the said GPS was on strike. 

This is the original Limerick which started it all from Mike Collinson's Mum.

Back home, my Navi in bad weather
I launched the JOSM updater,
ready to grind,
only to find
"API 500 - try again later"

Being a non-native english speaker, this gets challenging... Ivansanchez 19:02, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

On the eve of the State Of The Map
If the data we have is still crap
Then crack open your logger
Enlist help from some bogger
And enjoy having feather in cap

This is category 1 (since my mother is from Dublin, so she won't take umbrage at the "bogger" reference) - Dermot McNally via email

They had announced it with glee:
"I've got a map editor for thee,
with Google MapMaker
we'll do maps neater"
But they forgot that OSM maps are free

Ivansanchez 01:37, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Mappers are worldwide in pain,
OSM is sometimes missing a lane.
But 'dragons be here'
is nothing to fear,
they will soon all be slain.

Nothing, I am especially proud of, but anyway... spaetz 08:16, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

There was a mad mapper from Galway,
Who’d run out of places to survey.
packing his GPS,
he sped to New Ross,
where again he could forge a new Way.

blackadder 11:39, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Maps maps map map maps
Maps maps map map maps
map map map maps
map map map maps
Maps maps map map maps

Steve 22:47, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Primaries are red
Motorways are blue
All my maps are belong to you

Yes, I know it's technically not a limerick... Ivansanchez 22:55, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

there was a mapper from Galway
who tried to make a node from a way
without appropriate keys
potlatch moved more than he pleased
and now dublin is moved that-a-way!

Ojw 23:11, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Is it too late to enter? Here are some more...

There once was a man from Rome
who never found his way home
 so he got on his feet
 and mapped the street
and created a mapping tome.
There was a young man named Steve
a plan hidden up his sleeve
 he whished since birth
 to map the earth
and thats what he did achieve.
A young fellow jumping a gap
fell into a heffalump trap
 he stood up again
 and took up his pen
and put the trap on the map.
There once was a man from Nantucket
who emptied a lake with a bucket
 when asked why he'd done
 he said just for fun
and to make it easier to map it.
There was once an old house at the bay
it was over its fate in dismay
 it was mapped as a node
 even though this abode
wanted the outline mapped with a way.
There once was a young man from Bombay
a bike route he tried to convey
 in his desperation
 he used a relation
with twelve tags and six nodes and a way.

-- Joto 05:43, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Here's something we concocted at 12:30 last night:

So we went to State of the Map
and we met a grumpy old chap
said Ed, "I'm no faker, come and use my MapMaker."
but we said, "Nah, Google is crap!"

--Chippy 09:23, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

There once was a young man named Ed,
Who had opensource ideas in his head,
Then he joined the big G and changed,
Until one day he became simply deranged
Mapmaker is the greatest he shouted,
While the bold SteveC just shrugged and pouted,
As he knew the Google Ads would make it crap,
And that would leave OpenStreetMap as the one true map