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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Limerick Summary: 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup

Winners: Italy (Eduardo & Francesco Molinari)

Molto bene, Italia! The Molinari brothers became the first Italians to win the World Cup, as well as the first brothers. (I guess that also makes them the first Italian brothers to win. Just being thorough.) You can get a full lowdown on the tournament from Ryan Ballengee at Waggle Room; I’m just going to give you some background for today’s limerick.

Turin (in Italian, Torino) is part of the Piedmont area of Italy. (By coincidence, I live in what is known as the Piedmont area of North Carolina.) The Piedmont is perhaps best known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Turin has also been a capital for chocolate production since the 16th Century. (You gotta love that! Unfortunately, I found no room for that tidbit in the limerick. I always feel bad when I have to ignore chocolate.)

Of course, you all know who Antonio Stradivari is, so I won’t bore you with details. However, for those of you who saw the History Channel special Little Ice Age, Big Chill and heard the theory that Strad violins sound unique because of special atmospheric conditions during Stradivari’s lifetime, you might want to check this blog post. It seems that scientists believe they may have found a way to duplicate Stradivari’s work.

And now, here is today’s limerick:
Francesco and Ed Molinari
Played more like the great Stradivari.
With fine Piedmont vino,
The pair from Torino
Downed rivals like fried calamari.

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