For the discussion of math. Duh.

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Postby pingu » Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:03 am UTC

An example of one of my experiences. And you?

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Re: Introductions.

Postby BirdKiller » Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:15 am UTC

For me, the common initial response to being a math major is the idea that you're some kind of calculator or instant pattern detector.

"Hey <me>, what's 255 x 221?"
me: "um...hold on"
"I thought you were a math major!"

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Re: Introductions.

Postby antonfire » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:24 pm UTC

"So what's your major?"
"Oh. I always hated math."
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Re: Introductions.

Postby Talith » Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:25 pm UTC

"So what are you studying"
"oh cool, so what's the first 50 digits of pi?"

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Re: Introductions.

Postby Ended » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:04 pm UTC

"So what are you studying?"
"Oh, my son/cousin/nephew is studying for his SATs/GCSEs/A-levels, could you give him a few pointers? Here, let me take your email address. Would Tuesdays and Saturdays be alright?"

(Note: sometimes a godsend.)

antonfire wrote:"So what's your major?"
"Oh. I always hated math."
Alternate ending:
"Oh. I was always terrible at maths!" [laughs merrily]
Generally I try to make myself do things I instinctively avoid, in case they are awesome.

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Re: Introductions.

Postby t0rajir0u » Sat Jul 25, 2009 5:43 pm UTC

Really? In my experience people just change the subject.

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Re: Introductions.

Postby Buttons » Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:25 pm UTC

"So what's your major?"
"Oh, I've always been illiterate."

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Re: Introductions.

Postby pingu » Sat Jul 25, 2009 9:38 pm UTC

"But we already have all the formulas and equations!"

"Maths?" (consternated look upon face)
'Yeah, so I'm definitely the coolest person you know' (and then pop your collar and make Fonz thumbs)

And of course, the classic:

"So you definitely don't have a girlfriend."

:( It's coincidence I swear.

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Re: Introductions.

Postby tixrus » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:16 pm UTC

I love your inverted U people. My son used to draw just like that in kindergarten and they thought there was something wrong with him. Now I'm relieved to know that it's just the math gene. Whew!

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