Original Text: 
William S. Baring-Gould, The Lure of the Limerick: An Uninhibited History (New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1967): 5.
1There was a young lady named Bright
3    She set out one day,
4    In a relative way
5And returned on the previous night.


2] Alfred Einstein's special theory of relativity predicts that time passes more slowly for those going at very high speeds than for those a relative rest. Faster-than-light travel may appear to contravene this theory, but the laws of physics allow for the possibility of worm-holes in space-time that would enable passage from one point to another much more quickly than light manages in conventional space-time. See Lawrence H. Ford and Thomas A. Roman, "Negative Energy, Wormholes and Warp Drive," Scientific American (Jan. 2000): 46-53. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Punch (Dec. 19, 1923): 591. [Unattributed]
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.