Favorite math jokes

For the discussion of math. Duh.

Moderators: gmalivuk, Moderators General, Prelates

User avatar
Monika
Welcoming Aarvark
Posts: 3671
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Location: Germany, near Heidelberg
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Monika » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:16 am UTC

Huh?
#xkcd-q on irc.foonetic.net - the LGBTIQQA support channel
Please donate to help these people

User avatar
LSK
Posts: 573
Joined: Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:25 am UTC
Location: 60645

Did you hear about the 1-line proof of Fermat's Last Theorm?

Postby LSK » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:40 pm UTC

It's the same as the normal proof, but it's written on a really long strip of paper.

nachomancer
Posts: 17
Joined: Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:20 am UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby nachomancer » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:04 am UTC

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders one beer. The second orders two beers. The third orders four beers, and the fourth orders 8 beers. The bartender complains, "If you all keep this up, I'm going to end up owing you a beer"



++$_
Mo' Money
Posts: 2370
Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:06 am UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby ++$_ » Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:54 pm UTC

Three investment bankers met for a power lunch.

"Guys," said the first banker, "I just had a billion-dollar idea."
"You'd better tell us," said the other two bankers simultaneously. They could smell the scent of their impending bonus checks, even over the delicious aroma ascending from the filet mignon.
"It's a simple matter of probabilities," said the first banker, adjusting his tie. "You know the lottery, right? Suppose I go out to the store and buy a ticket. What are the two possibilities?"
"Well," said the second banker, furrowing his brow, "I can think of one. There are really two?"
"I'm stumped too," said the third banker. "You'd better tell us."
"Well," said the first banker, feeling very proud of his insight, "either I win, or I lose."
"Oh, of course," said the second banker. "I had thought of both of those. I just counted them wrong."
"Anyway," said the first banker, "there are two possibilities. As everyone knows, that means the probability of each is 1/2! So if I play the lottery, the probability that I win is 1/2!" He pounded his fist on the table.
"Gentlemen," he said, "I think I'm going to open a new fund. I'll call it 'Modern Probabilistic Investment Fund.' I can offer you the opportunity to contribute some capital for a minority stake..."

"Wait a moment," said the second banker, interrupting the negotiations. "Suppose I were to tell you how you could make twice as much money. Could I be an equal partner in the fund if I did that?"
"I suppose so," said the first banker. "What's your idea?"
"Well," said the second banker, "we've just seen that if you buy one lottery ticket, the probability that you win is 1/2. So if you buy a second lottery ticket, the probability that you'll win with that one is also 1/2, right?"
"Of course," said the first banker. "Go on."
"Now, what is 1/2 plus 1/2?" asked the second banker.
"Seven!" said the third banker. "Wow! A probability of seven! Who ever heard of such a thing?"
"I don't think that's right," said the first banker, who had taken a calculator from his briefcase. "My calculator says that the answer is 1."
"Good," said the second banker. "That's what I got too. So if you buy two tickets, the probability of winning is 1. That's twice as much as if you had bought only one ticket!"
"Brilliant!" said the first banker. "I knew you guys wouldn't let me down. So, about that fund. I'll be the chairman, and you can be the president."
"No," said the second banker. "I want to be the chairman. You can be the president."
"No," said the first banker. "I'm definitely going to be the chairman."

After this had been going on for some time, the third banker at last broke in.
"Wait a minute," he said. "I just thought of a problem with your idea."
"Hey, enough of your negative thinking," said the first banker. "That's the kind of thing that brings down companies, you know."
"It couldn't hurt to hear it, though," said the second banker. "Let's see what he says before we dismiss it. It's good to keep an open mind."
"Thank you," said the third banker. "Now, when you buy two lottery tickets, would you buy two with the same numbers selected, or with different numbers?"
"Well, obviously with different numbers," said the first banker scornfully. "If they had the same numbers, then you'd split the pot with yourself if you win, so it would just be the same as buying one ticket. We're not as stupid as you think."
"That's not the problem," said the third banker. "But now consider the possibilities. Since the tickets have different numbers, only one of them can win, right?"
"Of course," said the second banker.
"OK," said the third banker. "So there are three possibilities. Either the first ticket wins, or the second ticket wins, or neither ticket does. That's three possibilities, and you win in two of them. So the probability of winning is actually 2/3!"
"So what?" said the second banker. "2/3 is still better than 1/2. And even with a probability of 1/2 we'll still make enough money."
"There's no such thing as enough money," said the first banker. "But whatever. I don't see the problem."
"Well," said the third banker, "Let's say the jackpot is one million dollars. If you leverage the one-ticket method, you get an average of 500,000 dollars, but you have to pay one dollar to do it. So your return on investment is 50,000,000%. If you leverage the two-ticket method, you get an average of 666,667 dollars, but you have to pay two dollars to do it, so your return on investment is only 33,333,333%. So the best method is the one-ticket method, and not the two-ticket method!"
"Whatever," said the second banker. "I still get to be chairman."
"No, I do," said the first banker.

"Wait a moment," said the second banker. "If the one-ticket method is better than the two-ticket method, then wouldn't the best method be the ZERO-ticket method? After all, one is less than two, and zero is even less than one! You could make even more money that way!"
"I don't know," said the third banker. "You just went way beyond my mathematical abilities. But I'll call my quant. He's got a PhD in math, so I'm sure he'll know the answer."
So the third banker got out his Blackberry and dialed a number. "Vitaly," he said into the phone, "we've been having a power lunch and we need to know the answer to a question."
There was something said on the other end of the phone that neither of the other bankers could hear.
"Here's the question," said the third banker. "Is it true that the best number of lottery tickets one can buy is zero?" There was a tense pause. Even the waiters froze in their tracks, waiting. The fate of the city, the planet, and even the entire known universe seemed to hang in the balance.
"Vitaly says yes," said the third banker. "The best number of lottery tickets to buy is zero."
"But," said the first banker, "if we don't buy any lottery tickets, then we won't make any money at all!"
"That's too bad," said the second banker.
"A shame," said the third banker.
They turned sadly back to their filet mignon.

User avatar
oxoiron
Posts: 1365
Joined: Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:56 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby oxoiron » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:15 pm UTC

++$_, that was excellent. I owe you one (1) lottery ticket.
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect)."-- Mark Twain
"There is not more dedicated criminal than a group of children."--addams

User avatar
chridd
Has a vermicelli title
Posts: 839
Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:07 am UTC
Location: ...Earth, I guess?
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby chridd » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:31 pm UTC

++$_ wrote:Three investment bankers met for a power lunch, etc.
how_banking_works.png

oxoiron wrote:++$_, that was excellent. I owe you one (1) lottery ticket.
Aha! That's the optimal strategy: getting other people to give you lottery tickets. That way you get an ∞% return on your investment.
~ chri d. d. /tʃɹɪ.di.di/ (Phonotactics, schmphonotactics) · she · Forum game scores
mittfh wrote:I wish this post was very quotable...

User avatar
Mike_Bson
Posts: 252
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:00 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Mike_Bson » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:43 am UTC

Student: ''Would you like the window opened or closed?''
Mathematician: ''Yes.''

User avatar
snowyowl
Posts: 464
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby snowyowl » Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:31 am UTC

http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=39

"Officer, we were travelling toward the light. From our inertial reference frame, the shortened wavelength made the light appear green."
"Is that so? *works out the Lorentz transform* Then you were speeding."
The preceding comment is an automated response.

MoTLD
Posts: 1
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:42 am UTC
Location: Virginia

Math Joke...

Postby MoTLD » Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:16 am UTC

Found this somewhere and thought it sounded very xkcd...

An engineer, a physicist and a mathematician find themselves in an
anecdote, indeed an anecdote quite similar to many that you have no doubt
already heard. After some observations and rough calculations the
engineer realizes the situation and starts laughing. A few minutes later
the physicist understands too and chuckles to himself happily as he now
has enough experimental evidence to publish a paper. This leaves the
mathematician somewhat perplexed, as he had observed right away that he
was the subject of an anecdote, and deduced quite rapidly the presence of
humour from similar anecdotes, but considers this anecdote to be too
trivial a corollary to be significant, let alone funny.

-Mo

User avatar
Spots
Posts: 38
Joined: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Spots » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:52 pm UTC

Was it, perhaps, here?

Seriously, somebody should go through this thread and delete all duplicates. It would cut it down to around 10 pages.

And here's my contribution (not quite a math joke, but hopefully good enough):

Esteemed court!
On February 3rd 2009, I have, indeed, observed a circular sign next to the road with a red rim and number 70 in the middle. I did not, however, observe any unit next to the number, indicating what the number refers to. As you know, the Parliament has declared the official units of measurement used in the country to be part of the SI system, in which the unit for length is a meter and the unit for time is a second, thus the unit for speed should be m/s. Therefore, if the sign does not contain a unit of measurement, one can only assume that the intended unit was the one declared by law. That is why I, esteemed members of the court, have assumed that the limit is 70 m/s, which is slightly more than 250 km/h. As I was driving only 180 km/h, which is far from the limit of 70 m/s, I ask that you return my driving licence that was unlawfully taken from me.

Also one you've probably heard already, but it wasn't posted here yet:
http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/joke/exoendo.htm
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” (Wilma Rudolph)

User avatar
Monika
Welcoming Aarvark
Posts: 3671
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Location: Germany, near Heidelberg
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Monika » Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:27 pm UTC

Spots wrote:Seriously, somebody should go through this thread and delete all duplicates. It would cut it down to around 10 pages.

There aren't really significant numbers of duplicates in this thread. Even most of the n-mathematicians-walk-into-a-bar jokes are mutually different.
#xkcd-q on irc.foonetic.net - the LGBTIQQA support channel
Please donate to help these people

User avatar
Yakk
Poster with most posts but no title.
Posts: 11115
Joined: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Location: E pur si muove

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Yakk » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:37 pm UTC

How many different n-mathematicians walk into a bar jokes are there?
Spoiler:
I don't know, but the answer sure is excited!
Spoiler:
It depends how choosy you are.
Spoiler:
Wedge you want to know?
Spoiler:
Which neighborhood?
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision - BR

Last edited by JHVH on Fri Oct 23, 4004 BCE 6:17 pm, edited 6 times in total.

User avatar
Monika
Welcoming Aarvark
Posts: 3671
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Location: Germany, near Heidelberg
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Monika » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:46 pm UTC

I don't understand these four jokes.

But I like your evil signature.
#xkcd-q on irc.foonetic.net - the LGBTIQQA support channel
Please donate to help these people

coolguy5678
Posts: 16
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:20 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby coolguy5678 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:12 am UTC

Two sets are sitting in a subway. The first one asks the second, "Are you excited about the new Axiom of Regularity they introduced?"
The second one answers, "Am I excited? I can't contain myself!"

Sorry.

User avatar
SlyReaper
inflatable
Posts: 8015
Joined: Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:09 pm UTC
Location: Bristol, Old Blighty

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby SlyReaper » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:16 am UTC

I will stop at nothing to avoid having to use negative numbers.
Image
What would Baron Harkonnen do?

bert5412
Posts: 51
Joined: Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:28 am UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby bert5412 » Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:32 pm UTC

there are 10 types of people in this world
-those who assume this joke is in base 2
-those who assume this joke is in base 10
-those who realize that this joke is actually in base 3
I think, therefore I'm awesome.

User avatar
Eebster the Great
Posts: 3405
Joined: Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:58 am UTC
Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Eebster the Great » Tue Nov 23, 2010 5:33 pm UTC

bert5412 wrote:there are 10 types of people in this world
-those who assume this joke is in base 2
-those who assume this joke is in base 10
-those who realize that this joke is actually in base 3

Every base is base 10.

User avatar
chridd
Has a vermicelli title
Posts: 839
Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:07 am UTC
Location: ...Earth, I guess?
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby chridd » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:50 pm UTC

bert5412 wrote:there are 10 types of people in this world
-those who assume this joke is in base 2
-those who assume this joke is in base 10
-those who realize that this joke is actually in base 3
...so what are the other five types?
~ chri d. d. /tʃɹɪ.di.di/ (Phonotactics, schmphonotactics) · she · Forum game scores
mittfh wrote:I wish this post was very quotable...

User avatar
snowyowl
Posts: 464
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby snowyowl » Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:53 pm UTC

There are 10 types of people in the world:
-Those who read the joke in base 2
-Those who read the joke in base 3
-Those who read the joke in base 4
...
-Those who read the joke in base 10
-Those who don't get the joke.

Question: What base is the joke written in?
Answer: Base 10.
The preceding comment is an automated response.

User avatar
joshz
Posts: 1466
Joined: Tue Nov 11, 2008 2:51 am UTC
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby joshz » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:30 pm UTC

Base 10, of course.
You, sir, name? wrote:If you have over 26 levels of nesting, you've got bigger problems ... than variable naming.
suffer-cait wrote:it might also be interesting to note here that i don't like 5 fingers. they feel too bulky.

User avatar
snowyowl
Posts: 464
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby snowyowl » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:31 am UTC

(I put the correct answer underneath the riddle in the same colour as the background.)
The preceding comment is an automated response.

User avatar
chridd
Has a vermicelli title
Posts: 839
Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:07 am UTC
Location: ...Earth, I guess?
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby chridd » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:22 am UTC

snowyowl wrote:(I put the correct answer underneath the riddle in the same colour as the background.)
Why not use the
Spoiler:
spoiler tag
instead?
~ chri d. d. /tʃɹɪ.di.di/ (Phonotactics, schmphonotactics) · she · Forum game scores
mittfh wrote:I wish this post was very quotable...

User avatar
snowyowl
Posts: 464
Joined: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:36 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby snowyowl » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:23 am UTC

I'm a mathematician. When I forget established results, I try to derive them from first principles.

Back on-topic:

A wavefunction is not a surfing technique.
A finite field is not a vegetable patch.
A linear map does have a rank, but it cannot be promoted to Lieutenant.
The preceding comment is an automated response.

Arariel
Posts: 404
Joined: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:32 am UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Arariel » Thu Nov 25, 2010 3:50 am UTC

What's the derivative of jerk?

Spoiler:
Inauguration


Why?

Spoiler:
Change of jerk

User avatar
Yakk
Poster with most posts but no title.
Posts: 11115
Joined: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Location: E pur si muove

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Yakk » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:38 am UTC

snowyowl wrote:I'm a mathematician. When I forget established results, I try to derive them from first principles.

Note that this is a web board. The interface is highly customizable. I'd be shocked if background color was constant.
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision - BR

Last edited by JHVH on Fri Oct 23, 4004 BCE 6:17 pm, edited 6 times in total.

User avatar
TheChewanater
Posts: 1279
Joined: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:24 am UTC
Location: lol why am I still wearing a Santa suit?

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby TheChewanater » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:25 pm UTC

pi mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders e1 - pi beers, the second one orders e2 - pi beers, and so on. When the last one comes up, the bartender decides to be generous and gives him twenty beers.
ImageImage
http://internetometer.com/give/4279
No one can agree how to count how many types of people there are. You could ask two people and get 10 different answers.

User avatar
Talith
Proved the Goldbach Conjecture
Posts: 848
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Location: Manchester - UK

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Talith » Sun Nov 28, 2010 4:44 pm UTC

TheChewanater wrote:pi mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders e1 - pi beers, the second one orders e2 - pi beers, and so on. When the last one comes up, the bartender decides to be generous and gives him twenty beers.

Your calculator must have rounding errors, the bartender wasn't being generous at all!

User avatar
KrO2
Posts: 236
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby KrO2 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:06 pm UTC

TheChewanater wrote:pi mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders e1 - pi beers, the second one orders e2 - pi beers, and so on.

How much did he charge the ln(π)th mathematician, or the ones before him?

User avatar
Goldstein
Posts: 985
Joined: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:38 pm UTC
Location: Newcastle, UK

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Goldstein » Sun Nov 28, 2010 7:50 pm UTC

Talith wrote:Your calculator must have rounding errors, the bartender wasn't being generous at all!

The guy just gave him 20 beers! How hard to please are you?
Chuff wrote:I write most of my letters from the bottom

User avatar
314man
Posts: 119
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:03 pm UTC
Location: Ontario

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby 314man » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:09 pm UTC

TheChewanater wrote:pi mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders e1 - pi beers, the second one orders e2 - pi beers, and so on. When the last one comes up, the bartender decides to be generous and gives him twenty beers.


I wish I knew how to order negative beer. Then it'd contain negative alcohol and my saturday mornings won't be so bad anymore.

User avatar
KrO2
Posts: 236
Joined: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby KrO2 » Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:17 pm UTC

Terry Pratchett has an answer for you. And the 0th through ln(pi)th mathematicians.
Klatchian Coffee:
A strong, nearly magical coffee, brewed in Klatch and drunk only by the initiated in very small cups. Not only does it sober you up, it sends you to the other side of sobriety. This state is referred to as knurd, which dispells the soft pink cushions of sobriety and lets you see the world for what it is. In Klatch it is drunk with Orakh (a very violent alcohol made from scorpion venom and cactus sap) to counteract its effects. After a few screams, a lie down and a stiff drink, the occasional drinker will try never to be knurd again.

User avatar
Monika
Welcoming Aarvark
Posts: 3671
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Location: Germany, near Heidelberg
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Monika » Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:00 pm UTC

Did we have any of the hot air balloon jokes already? One version of it:

A man is in a hot air balloon and realizes that he has lost his way. He reduces height. When he discovers another man on the ground he calls out to him: "Excuse me, can you h elp me? I promised a friend to meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The man on the ground thinks for a while and says then: "You're in a hot air balloon."
"You must be a mathematician."
"I am, how do you know?"
"You see, you needed forever to get a result. You answer is completely correct. And it is completely useless."
The mathematician replies: "You must be a manager."
"Oh yes, I am. How did you know?"
"You see, you don't know where you are and where you are going. You have promised something, you have no idea how to keep this promise, and you expect me to solve your problem. As a matter of fact you are in completely the same position as before meeting me, but somehow it is my fault now."


A sociologist, a physicist and a mathematician are on a train. They look out of the window and see a black sheep.
Sociologist: "There are black sheep here."
Physicist: "Nope. There is at least one black sheep."
Mathematician: "Still wrong. There is at least one sheep which is black on at least one side."


A priest, a physicist and a mathematician are standing on the 13th floor of a hotel when they notice it is burning. There is no way to flee, the staircase is alreay full of smoke. The only way out is to jump into the swimming pool.
The priest prays shortly and jumps - into the middle of the pool!
The physicist makes a rough calculation, jumps - and lands in the middle of the pool, too!
The mathematician calculates and calculates and calculates, the flames are coming closer and closer, when he finally jumps - and flies upwards to the sky!
Sign error.
#xkcd-q on irc.foonetic.net - the LGBTIQQA support channel
Please donate to help these people

Certhas
Posts: 301
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2007 11:16 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Certhas » Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:30 pm UTC

Monika wrote:The mathematician replies: "You must be a manager."
"Oh yes, I am. How did you know?"
"You see, you don't know where you are and where you are going. You have promised something, you have no idea how to keep this promise, and you expect me to solve your problem. As a matter of fact you are in completely the same position as before meeting me, but somehow it is my fault now."


Shouldn't there bne something along the lines: "Your position is sustained entirely by hot air" in that list?
"I conclude that all is well," says Edipus, and that remark is sacred.
- Camus, The Myth of Sysiphus

Mental Health Break

User avatar
Monika
Welcoming Aarvark
Posts: 3671
Joined: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:03 am UTC
Location: Germany, near Heidelberg
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Monika » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:52 pm UTC

Hmm, there wasn't in the version from which I translated it, but it would fit in really well.
#xkcd-q on irc.foonetic.net - the LGBTIQQA support channel
Please donate to help these people

UrielZyx
Posts: 20
Joined: Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:21 pm UTC

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby UrielZyx » Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:52 pm UTC

bert5412 wrote:there are 10 types of people in this world
-those who assume this joke is in base 2
-those who assume this joke is in base 10
-those who realize that this joke is actually in base 3



There are 10 types of people:
Those who don't know binary,
Those who do know binary,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
etc...

letterX
Posts: 535
Joined: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:00 am UTC
Location: Ithaca, NY

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby letterX » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:55 am UTC

UrielZyx wrote:
bert5412 wrote:there are 10 types of people in this world
-those who assume this joke is in base 2
-those who assume this joke is in base 10
-those who realize that this joke is actually in base 3



There are 10 types of people:
Those who don't know binary,
Those who do know binary,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
Those who know how to use induction,
etc...


Christ. There are ten types of people:
The one person who first posted a joke along these lines.
The second person that didn't read that joke, and then reposted a nearly identical joke.
The third group that didn't read that joke either, and then reposted the same nearly identical joke.
The fourth group that did read the above jokes, but then forgot, and posted the same joke again later.
The fifth group that never reads threads and always posts at the bottom anyways.
The sixth group that (surprisingly) came up with a new variation that we hadn't heard of before, but forgot to note all the other postings of similar jokes.
The seventh group who are actually members of the second group forgetting that they've already posted an identical joke.
The eighth group that re-told the joke in original, binary format, just in case we'd forgotten.
The ninth group that came up with a similar joke, making fun of people continuing to re-tell this joke.
The tenth group, consisting of everybody who's tired of hearing this joke.

User avatar
Yakk
Poster with most posts but no title.
Posts: 11115
Joined: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:27 pm UTC
Location: E pur si muove

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Yakk » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:14 am UTC

Did you intend to make a roman-numeral Christ pun? Because you did.
One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision - BR

Last edited by JHVH on Fri Oct 23, 4004 BCE 6:17 pm, edited 6 times in total.

letterX
Posts: 535
Joined: Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:00 am UTC
Location: Ithaca, NY

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby letterX » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:22 am UTC

Yakk wrote:Did you intend to make a roman-numeral Christ pun? Because you did.

... I hesitate to ask, but... I did?

skullturf
Posts: 556
Joined: Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:37 pm UTC
Location: Chicago
Contact:

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby skullturf » Mon Dec 06, 2010 4:23 am UTC

letterX wrote:
Yakk wrote:Did you intend to make a roman-numeral Christ pun? Because you did.

... I hesitate to ask, but... I did?


XX days before Xmas.

User avatar
Talith
Proved the Goldbach Conjecture
Posts: 848
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Location: Manchester - UK

Re: Favorite math jokes

Postby Talith » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:41 am UTC

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a group that re-told the joke in original, binary format, just in case we'd forgotten?

Yeh I can see that working, who's up for going carolling after lectures?

In the spirit of Christmas, maybe we should write our own maths parody of the 12 days of Christmas in a new thread.


Return to “Mathematics”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 17 guests