All About Cannibals
Last weekend, I presented my Puns and Puzzles workshop at Reiter’s Books in Washington, DC. During the talk, I told the audience my favorite non-math joke, which I’ve posted on this blog before. But it’s worth repeating…
Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other, “Does this taste funny to you?”
While at Reiter’s, Umar Khan, the organizer of the Washington, DC, math meet-up group, offered the following modification:
Two cannibals are eating a video programmer. One says to the other, “Does this taste gamey to you?”
Inspired by Umar’s modification, I posted the joke to Facebook and asked if anyone else had a modification. To my surprise, it started a firestorm! Here are some of the best replies:
Two cannibals are eating a mathematician. One says to the other, “Does this taste odd to you?” (Beth Dare)
Two cannibals are eating Jennifer Aniston (double entendre intended): “Does this taste bitter to you?” (June Bretz Jebram)
Two cannibals are eating a deep sea fisherman. “Does this taste salty to you?” (Amy Bucci)
Two cannibals are eating a coward. One says, “Does this taste like chicken to you?” (Dave Sundin)
And my friend Ayal Cohen couldn’t resist the opportunity to make fun of me directly:
Two cannibals are eating a math joke book author. One says to the other, “Why was 10 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9!” No, wait, that’s not right. One says to the other, “Man, that was a tasteless joke.” Wait wait, hold on… the punch line is coming. Two cannibals are eating Patrick Vennebush. One says to the other, “Did you know he published a math joke book?”
“Huh?” says the other. “Who is Patrick Vennebush?”
Finally, Beth Dare offered a cannibal joke that doesn’t fit the format… but since it makes fun of several math professions, it’s worth sharing, too.
Five cannibals are hired as engineers at a defense company. The boss welcomes them, tells them they have complete access to the cafeteria, but asks them not to bother the other employees. Four weeks later, the boss congratulates them for their hard work, but he also says that the janitor is missing. “Do any of you know what happened to him?” the boss asks. None of them says anything, and the boss leaves.
When the boss is out of earshot, one of the cannibals says, “Okay, which of you idiots ate the janitor?” Meekly, one of them raises his hand. “You idiot!” shouts the first. “For a month, we’ve been eating accountants, statisticians, mathematicians, engineers, project managers and supervisors, and no one noticed! But you had to go and eat the janitor!”