Archive for December 1, 2012

Kermit These Jokes to Memory

We recently bought a package of markers for our sons, and on the back of the box were directions for how to draw a frog. We now have an army of frogs inhabiting our kitchen, dining room, and living room, each one drawn, colored, and cut out by Alex or Eli. If you can draw a reasonable oval and a straight line, you can draw one, too:


This cartoon frog reminded me of the animals found in Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals, which was a staple of my childhood. I now keep a supply of this book in my house, and I give them to kids when they come to visit. Ed Emberley’s frog looks different than the frog on the marker box:

Frog - Ed Emberley

All of this reminds me of a math joke.

Two graduate students were crossing the road when a frog called out to one of them and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.

The frog poked his head out of the pocket and said, “Please, if you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll do anything you want.” The grad student just pushed the frog back inside.

The other grad student asked him, “Why won’t you kiss the frog?”

The boy said, “Look, I’m a grad student. I don’t have time for a girlfriend right now… but a talking frog is pretty cool.”

There are lots of frog jokes — and while many of them don’t involve math, and quite a few of them aren’t really funny, at least they’re appropriate for kids.

Did you hear about the frog with no legs?
He was very unhoppy.

Did you hear about the frog who parked illegally?
He got toad.

December 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

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