Spherical cows, girlfriends at the limit, and drinking and deriving.
Writing my editor’s note this week got me thinking about my favorite engineering and physics jokes. Have you heard the one about the dairy farmer meeting his daughter's fiancé? The young man is a physicist with a new teaching job at a top university. The farmer gives him a tour, impressed at how closely the fiancé observes everything and the wealth of questions he asks.
The next morning, the physicist races down to the breakfast table, hardly able to contain his excitement.
Physicist: I had a brainstorm last night. I know a way you can triple your milk production.
Farmer: Triple my milk production? You're having me on.
Physicist: No, it's true. This will work. I guarantee it.
Farmer: Okay, okay, tell me more.
Physicist (grabbing a piece of paper and a pen): Okay, let's assume a spherical cow radiating milk isotropically…
And then there's the one about the mathematician and engineer who find themselves in a room with a beautiful woman. She fluffs her hair and says, "Either one of you can have me--"
She holds up her hand as they start to rush forward. "But to touch me, you have to go half the distance to me, then half the distance that’s left, then half the distance after that, and so on."
The mathematician throws his hands up and walks away because he knows he'll never get there…but the engineer keeps going because he knows he'll get close enough for practical purposes.
What are your favorite engineering jokes?
Have a great weekend, and remember, don't drink and derive!