As the Online Projects Manager for NCTM, I have the privilege of managing the Illuminations project. Illuminations was recently selected as a finalist for a World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award from the Qatar Foundation. Consequently, I have been invited to attend the WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, from December 7-9, all expenses paid. While there, I will have the pleasuse of meeting Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned and interacting with education dignitaries from around the globe. I’m very excited to experience the “the unforced fusion of modernity and traditionalism” (http://www.ccnpic.com) in Doha.
To prepare for my trip, I did some research about Qatar. Through the power of the web, I located a joke that was described as “a very classic Qatari joke.”
The Emir of Qatar was visiting with the president of China.
The Emir asks, “What’s the population of China?”
The Chinese president responds, “One billion. What about Qatar?”
The Emir says, “The population of Qatar is only 250,000 people.”
The Chinese president asks, “And in which hotel are they staying?”
Interestingly, there are more than 1,000,000 residents in Qatar, but nearly ¾ are expatriates living and working in Doha. The ratio of men to women is 3:1, largely explained by the predominantly male expatriate workforce.
I’ve heard that the Qatari people have a sense of humor and a love of mathematics. Consequently, I’ve had a sign made:
طرائف الرياضيات 4 الاهالي ماثي
Translation: “Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, 40 rials!”
(I sure hope Google translated that correctly!)