"I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" was a satirical song from the operetta The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. It depicted a military leader, a major general who was well-educated in every field except the ones that a military leader ought to be knowledgeable about.

In 2368, Beverly Crusher convinced a reluctant Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge to attempt the Major-General's song. However, La Forge could only bring himself to sing the first two lines. (TNG: "Disaster")

The first verse of the song began:

I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,

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