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## Favorite math jokes

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What do painting a still life and constructing the rationals have in common?

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Here's one I just thought up.

A man walks into a bar, followed by a line of countably infinite mathematicians. The man orders a beer, and the bartender serves him. The bartender asks the first mathematician for his order. He thinks for a second, then points to the man and says "I'll have what he's having." The second mathematician, not to be outdone, thinks for half a second, then points to the first and shouts "I'll have TWICE what he's having!" A quarter-second later, the third mathematician points at the second and shouts "I'll have twice what SHE's having!" The rest of the mathematicians follow suit. The bartender, frustrated, takes back the man's beer.

A man walks into a bar, followed by a line of countably infinite mathematicians. The man orders a beer, and the bartender serves him. The bartender asks the first mathematician for his order. He thinks for a second, then points to the man and says "I'll have what he's having." The second mathematician, not to be outdone, thinks for half a second, then points to the first and shouts "I'll have TWICE what he's having!" A quarter-second later, the third mathematician points at the second and shouts "I'll have twice what SHE's having!" The rest of the mathematicians follow suit. The bartender, frustrated, takes back the man's beer.

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Surely it's a countably infinite line of mathematicians, not a line of countably infinite mathematicians. Unless each one has an unbounded number of cells or something.

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Eebster the Great wrote:Surely it's a countably infinite line of mathematicians, not a line of countably infinite mathematicians. Unless each one has an unbounded number of cells or something.

They must be very dense.

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Sizik wrote:Here's one I just thought up.

A man walks into a bar, followed by a line of countably infinite mathematicians. The man orders a beer, and the bartender serves him. The bartender asks the first mathematician for his order. He thinks for a second, then points to the man and says "I'll have what he's having." The second mathematician, not to be outdone, thinks for half a second, then points to the first and shouts "I'll have TWICE what he's having!" A quarter-second later, the third mathematician points at the second and shouts "I'll have twice what SHE's having!" The rest of the mathematicians follow suit. The bartender, frustrated, takes back the man's beer.

Variation on this joke: A countably infinite line of people walks into a bar. The first person, who is well known as an alcoholic, orders a beer. The second person, not wanting to appear to be as much of a drunkard as the first, says "I'll have half of what she's having." The third one wants to appear even less inclined toward the evils of drink than the second and says, "I'll have half of what he's having." The bartender, seeing the trend and not wishing to spend eternity taking these orders, puts two beers down on the bar and says, "Here are all your drinks, but you'll have to share them out yourselves."

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So why don't most mathematicians go around proving the unsolvability of the general quintic?

They're not Abel.

They're not Abel.

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CZeke wrote:So why don't most mathematicians go around proving the unsolvability of the general quintic?

They're not Abel.

LOL

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The Romans could never have invented algebra, because they always thought X = 10.

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Sizik wrote:The Romans could never have invented algebra, because they always thought X = 10.

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(from twitter)

Mathematicians often like to point out the obvious, such as "Anagram is an anagram of anagram." It gives them a sense of group identity.

Mathematicians often like to point out the obvious, such as "Anagram is an anagram of anagram." It gives them a sense of group identity.

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Which reminds me:

What is the best anagram of Banach Tarski?

Banach Tarski Banach Tarski.

What is the best anagram of Banach Tarski?

Banach Tarski Banach Tarski.

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doogly wrote:Which reminds me:

What is the best anagram of Banach Tarski?

Banach Tarski Banach Tarski.

The more that joke gets deconstructed, the the funnier it gets.

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=5683&start=66

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=5683#p439797

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=45543#p1794723

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The Banach Tarski joke was only told once, but someone rearranged it.

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