Math Jokes for Easter — Who Knew?

March 28, 2013 at 9:12 am Leave a comment

PopeToday is Holy Thursday, which my mother always used to call Maundy Thursday. Yet she could never tell me what Maundy meant. (In her defense, Google didn’t exist back then.) Maundy refers to the ceremony of washing the feet of the poor, especially in commemoration of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet on the day before the Last Supper.

This, of course, is only relevant to Christians. But since there are over two billion Christians on the planet, and since I pander to large groups, here are some math jokes to get all of us ready for Easter.

Rome is lousy with the papalcy.
In Vatican City alone, there are two popes per square kilometer.

Some say the pope is the greatest cardinal. But others insist this cannot be so, as every pope has a successor.

Which is better, eternal bliss or a ham sandwich?
The ham sandwich, of course. Nothing is better than eternal bliss, and a ham sandwich is better than nothing; therefore, a ham sandwich is better than eternal bliss.

And finally…

A great logician (some say it was Betrand Russell; others say it was Andrew North Whitehead) once claimed that he could prove anything if it is assumed that 1 + 1 = 1. An audience member then asked, “Can you prove that you’re the Pope?” He thought for a moment and then proclaimed, “I am one. The Pope is one. Therefore, the Pope and I are one.”

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