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betajet
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The world's shortest stand-up routine
betajet   1/4/2014 2:45:13 PM
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There are only a handful of really good mathematics jokes, and each one requires more math so you lose more of the audience.  For example, this one:

Q: What do you get if you cross an owl with an elephant?

A: Owl elephant sin(theta).

Q: What do you get if you cross an owl with a mountain climber?

A: Can't do it, a mountain climber's a scaler.

Then there's the Polish Airline joke, the Calculus joke, and a really good one about a topologist.

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dec66   1/6/2014 8:30:24 AM
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A classic and one of my favorites:

"There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't"

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Diminished Radix Compliment
betajet   1/6/2014 9:40:30 AM
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That's a pretty good joke, but not in my top 10 (base TBD).  I guess this is a diminished radix compliment.

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Max The Magnificent   1/6/2014 11:21:19 AM
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@betajet: I guess this is a diminished radix compliment.


Good One!!! LOL

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David Ashton   1/6/2014 3:12:56 PM
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@Dec66...I just used the 10 kinds of people one in my article

http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1320533

It's an oldie but a goodie.

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muddydummy   1/7/2014 1:31:45 PM
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Here's a good variant:

There are 10 kinds of people: Those who don't know binary, those who know it when they see it, and those who don't forget you could also have a ternary number.

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lukemiller   1/7/2014 1:51:54 PM
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Re: The world's shortest stand-up routine
jackOfManyTrades   1/7/2014 2:56:26 AM
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Well you've lost me. I even tried saying them out loud in an American accent (I'm British). Still nothing. Them seem to rely on some word that sounds a bit like owl. Obviously, it won't be funny if you have to explain it, but I'm curious nevertheless.

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Re: The world's shortest stand-up routine
betajet   1/7/2014 8:51:15 AM
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"Owl elephant sin(theta)" tells you that "owl cross elephant" means the cross product of two 3-D vectors.  Cross product requires that both operands are vectors: you cannot calculate a cross product if an operand is scalar (not a vector), which sounds like scaler (someone who scales mountains).  The punchline recalls learning about cross products in maths class, where the instructor kept saying "you can't calculate A x b because b is scalar".

I particularly like the joke because it combines two genres: math jokes and elephant jokes.  However, it does have a limited audience and I had to have it explained to me the first time too.

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jackOfManyTrades   1/7/2014 9:20:27 AM
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Ah, thank you. I must have learnt about the cross product at univeristy, but 24 years of doing other things have wiped it from my memory. Or 24 years of drinking beer...

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Max The Magnificent   1/17/2014 12:03:03 PM
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@JackOfMantTrades: Or 24 years of drinking beer...

I'll drink to that!

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Number insults
AZskibum   1/6/2014 1:20:20 PM
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The letter i says to the letter pi, "be rational." Pi replies, "get real."

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Max The Magnificent   1/6/2014 2:58:20 PM
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@AZskibum: The letter i says to the letter pi, "be rational." Pi replies, "get real."

Good one -- and certainly one that Luke could use for his strip.

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zeeglen   1/6/2014 3:40:40 PM
The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.

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Max The Magnificent   1/6/2014 4:48:55 PM
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@zeeglen: The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

Arrggghhhhh LOL

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lukemiller   1/6/2014 5:49:24 PM
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Thats good....

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zeeglen   1/7/2014 9:19:52 AM
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The Sir Cumference joke is not mine, here is another groaner:

A redneck's kid came home from school, and the redneck asked "What did you learn in school today?"

"We studied pi R squared"

"What?  Everybody knows that pies are ROUND!"

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Max does comics
kenw1213   1/6/2014 1:22:34 PM
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"Now I want my own cartoon strip. But what should I call it?"

I think you should just call it "MAXims".

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Max The Magnificent   1/6/2014 2:59:16 PM
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@kenw1213: I think you should just call it "MAXims".

LOL -- now all I have to do is learn how to draw :-)

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Would a limerick do?
David Ashton   1/6/2014 6:45:06 PM
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One of my favourites is a limerick about Klein bottles:

A mathematician named Klein

Thought the Möbius Strip was divine

Said he, "If you glue
The edges of two

You get a weird bottle like mine."

There's a lot more here

http://www.kleinbottle.com/cartoons_and_limericks.htm

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seaEE   1/6/2014 11:25:42 PM
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Call it FPGA: Funny Punny Giggles Ahead

 

Q: What's purple and commutes?

A: An abelian grape

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I O topology
jackOfManyTrades   1/7/2014 2:58:36 AM
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I see a car last year with the bumpersticker "I O topology".

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Randa11   1/10/2014 10:13:15 AM
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Did you hear about the numerologist (used to be a computer programmer, but they don't seem to get involved at this level any more) who kept celebrating Xmas early because:-

Oct 31 = Dec 25

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Max The Magnificent   1/17/2014 12:04:09 PM
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@Randa11: Oct 31 = Dec 25

Arrggghhh -- these are the jokes The Muppet Show refused LOL



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