## Make Your Own (Math) Joke

*April 22, 2010 at 12:30 am* *
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Here’s my favorite joke (even though it’s not a math joke):

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One turns to the other and says, “Does this taste funny to you?”

It’s beautiful in its simplicity. Just 19 words, none of them extraneous. It’s a triumph of humor, and I tip my hat to its creator.

I love this joke, and I would have included it in *Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks*, but it’s not a math joke. But it got me to thinking — could it be altered so that it could be a math joke? That is, can you put two different words in the blanks below so the joke is more mathy? And can you do it so that it’s still reasonably funny?

Two cannibals are eating a ________. One turns to the other and says, “Does this taste ________ to you?”

I offered this challenge to attendees at the Math Joke Hour that I hosted yesterday at the 2010 NCTM Annual Meeting. They came up with quite a few that are worth sharing, though not all of them are mathematical:

math teacher… chalky

statistician… normal

Kenneth Appel… fruity*

actuary… bland

angel… heavenly

mechanic… greasy

Iowan… corny

pot smoker… mellow

Warren Buffett… rich

old seafarer… salty

bodybuilder… strong

Got another worth sharing? Leave it in the comments section.

* Kenneth Appel is the mathematician who, along with Wolfgang Haken, proved the Four Color Theorem in 1976.

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3.Joshua | May 28, 2015 at 11:35 pmAn old post, but I was brought here by your 2nd favorite joke post. Here are some other versions:

calculus teacher . . .derivative

topologist … like a donut or a coffee cup

number theorist . . . rational

6…perfect

19…prime

21 …odd (lots of other possibilities here)