## Pigs and Fish

My sons were reading Wild and Woolly Animal Jokes by David McLaughlan, and they got a fair chuckle out of this one:

What do you call a pig with three eyes?
A piiig.

I had previously encountered a different version of the joke:

What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A fsh.

Clearly, the punch lines were not crafted by mathy folks, who I think would answer these questions as follows:

What do you call a pig with three eyes?
pig

What do you call a fish with no eyes?
Real.

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• 1. puntomaupunto  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:14 am

I don’t get the third one. It’s because two of the “eyes”, multiply together, give -1?

• 2. puntomaupunto  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:14 am

(multiplied, of course)

• 3. venneblock  |  March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Yeah, that’s it, since piiig = p × i × i × i × g = (i × i) × (p × i × g) = –pig.

• 4. xhenderson  |  March 21, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Does that mean that pigs don’t exist?

xander

• 5. venneblock  |  March 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

You can draw your own conclusions. All I know is that pigs are as real as Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a funny math joke.

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