2012 Math Poem Contest

April 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm 5 comments

April is Math Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, and National Humor Month.

I tried to run a humorous math poem contest last year, and it was a remarkable failure. There were only two entries, and one of them was submitted after the contest ended. The winning entry can be found at the link above; the other, submitted after deadline by Chris Smith, is worth sharing, too:

Some folks, they dream of wealth and fame,
Or that some girl would know their name —
Pathetic! I reserve my slumber
For imagining my favourite number.
As rapid movement stirs my eyes,
No need for me to fantasize
Of infinitely distant wishes.
Instead I feast on π — delicious!

Not very good at learning lessons, I’m trying it again. But this time, I’m letting the good folks in the Thinkfinity Community run the contest, and maybe there will be more entrants when it’s announced to their 50,000+ members. That’s where you can learn more about this year’s humorous math poem contest, and you should post your entries in this discussion forum. If you’re a math teacher, you might also want to check out the discussions in the Learning Math group.

Got math? Got rhyme? Got iambic pentameter? Then let the world share your treasure! Post your entry here.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JimsMaher  |  April 3, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Announcements involve timing you see,
    April Fools was wrong for all but me,
    But we had a good laugh,
    and learnt something at that.
    This year forbodes numerology.

    … it’s good that you announced on April 2nd this year, is what I’m saying.
    Numerological poem to follow.

    I welcome all challengers to my title. (does the winner get a title?)

    Please note that if I am the only entrant before the deadline, my odds will be 100%. If only one other person submits, my odds of winning drop to 50%, 3 more and I’m down to 20%. And if everyone on the internet submits atleast one poem to the contest … my odds of winning last year remain 100%

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    • 2. venneblock  |  April 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Jims, thanks for another solid entry. But I’m only announcing the contest this year, not running it — you’ll need to post your entries in the Thinkfinity Community at http://community.thinkfinity.org/message/43897.

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      • 3. JimsMaher  |  April 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        Sorry for the confusion, I wasn’t intending that as my entry … its an announcement for some other poem to follow. Which, given the way this semester is going, might not be submitted until the last minute … and it will definitely be about the negative aspects of numerology.

  • 4. arif  |  April 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

    it will be fun.

    Reply
  • The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman….

    The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin….

    Reply

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