Archive for September 11, 2012

Career Changes

When I give math joke presentations, I bombard the audience with several groan‑inducing puns. When they can take no more, I admit to them that (a) stand‑up comedy is NOT my full-time job and (b) I am not considering a career change. This admission usually provokes a collective sigh of relief from the audience.

I inform them, however, that I have several friends who recently changed careers.

I have a friend who used to be a statistician.
Now she’s a gynecologist.
Her specialty is histerectograms.

I have a friend who used to be a combinatorist.
Now she is a hairdresser.
She works with combs and perms.

I have a friend who used to be a high school math teacher.
Now he’s a densist.
He performs square root canals.

I have a friend who used to be a geometer.
Now he’s a taxidermist.
His specialty is Fourier (furrier) transforms.

I know a former inmate.
He became a poet.
Now he writes converse.

I have a friend who used to be a transformational geometer.
Now he polishes mirrors.
He specializes in reflections.

As you might well imagine, telling an audience about these career‑changing friends usually elicits more groans. Go figure.

I particularly like this joke format, so I’ll offer a challenge to you: Create a joke about a career-changing professional. Feel free to use the form below, use this Google Docs form, or place your joke in the Comments.

September 11, 2012 at 5:46 am 1 comment


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