Holy Cow!

May 11, 2010 at 2:02 am 2 comments

Tonight, my twin three-year-old sons were taking a bath, and they were playing with these floating letters. One of my sons held up the letters M and U and said, “Moo!” I explained that what he had actually spelled was mu, which is pronounced myoo. He could have cared less, but it reminded me of this joke…

What does a Greek cow say? Mu.

You may have seen that one coming, so the next one is a little less predictable. (Thanks to Paul Rustenberg, who sent this to me after reading Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.)

A farmer was showing his fields to a mathematician and his wife. The mathematician made continual attempts to impress with his intellect, referencing arcane formulas and then doing computations mentally. Frustrated by this, the farmer decided to teach him a lesson. He took them to a field packed with hundreds of cows and said to the mathematician, “If you can guess the exact number of cows in this field, you can have all of them! But if you get it wrong, I get to sleep with your wife!”

The mathematician thought for a moment, his eyes quickly scanning the entire field. Finally he said, “228.”

The farmer was stunned. “How on Earth did you do that?” he asked. “There’s no way you could have counted all those cows so quickly!”

“You’re right,” the mathematician replied. “‘I counted their legs and then divided by 4.”

And finally, speaking of cerebral capacity, here’s a non-math joke that you may need to think about for a second…

Two pigs are leaving a restaurant, talking about the wonderful meal they had and the wonderful service they received from their waiter, a very polite cow. The wife says, “And it was so reasonable, too!”

“Oh, my gosh,” says the husband. “I forgot to tip the waiter!”

If you don’t get that last one, drop me a line at mathjokes4mathyfolks@verizon.net.

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