641. Love affair

© Bruce Goodman 13 July 2015


Hilda the hippopotamus fell in love with Geronimo. But there was a problem: Geronimo was a giraffe.

What’s wrong with that? you might well ask. The difficulty was that they were into their third date and busy necking in the back seat of their Volkswagen, and there simply wasn’t enough room.

“There’s only one thing for it,” said Geronimo. “We need a sports car with a roll-back hood thingy.”

So that’s what they got and it solved lots of problems. Pretty soon, Hilda and Geronimo were married. They had six kids, three hipporaffes and three gipotamuses. They lived happily ever after, and actually, if you must know, some of their kids became quite famous.

29 thoughts on “641. Love affair

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    I think, correctly speaking, the gipotamuses should be ‘gipotami’? Now I think about it, I am being too pedantic because who cares – fame is fame! And Just think, it may never have happened if not for a car with a roll back hood thingy……

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      You are possibly correct regarding “gipotami”, but “gipotami” sounds something akin to origami, or maybe some sort of French Knot in embroidery. And the gipotamuses being the boys in the family, one wouldn’t want them ridiculed at school for having a girly nomenclature. (And P.S. What is that roll back hood thingy actually called?!)


      1. thecontentedcrafter

        My daughter used to have a Honda CRX with a removable top which I called ‘the lid’. This may indicate to you my vast knowledge of car parts/nomenclature. I think everyone knows exactly what a roll back hood thingy is – as in my latest post everyone knows exactly what a ‘pokey tool’ is 🙂

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Once a herd of hippopotamuses
      Thought they’d emigrate in a fleet of buses;
      The guard at the border of their new country
      Thought them a herd of hippopotami.
      “We’re not!” said their leader, “It’s like octopodes;
      The plural is surely hippopotamodes.”

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