There was a sweet girl of Decatur
Who went to sea on a freighter.
She was screwed by the master
– An utter disaster –
But the crew all made up for it later.
Asimov comments in that limerick's introduction that “This one marked the beginning. I composed it on the Queen Elizabeth II when returning from a visit to Great Britain in June 1974. When I recited it, everyone laughed. Since that time I have been writing down limericks. I wasn't going to let myself forget them and lose laughs.”
Subsequent limerick books by Asimov
- Asimov, Isaac (1976). More Lecherous Limericks. ISBN 978-0802705150.
- Asimov, Isaac (1977). Still More Lecherous Limericks. ISBN 978-0802771063.
- Asimov, Isaac (1978). Asimov's Sherlockian Limericks. ISBN 978-0892960392.
- Asimov, Isaac; Ciardi, John (1981). A Grossery of Limericks. ISBN 978-0393331127.
- Asimov, Isaac (1984). Isaac Asimov's Limericks for Children. ISBN 978-0898452396.