## Best Math Joke Ever?

*June 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm* *
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If you do a search for “best math joke ever,” you’ll see that there is widespread disagreement. The following are some of what you’ll find.

The folks at Physics Forums like this one:

How does a mathematician deal with constipation?

He works it out with a pencil.

Sadly, the site failed to include this follow-up joke.

What kind of pencil?

A #2 pencil, of course.

Some folks at Yahoo Answers like this one:

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first one orders a drink. The second one orders half a drink. The third orders 1/4 drink. The fourth orders 1/8 drink, and so on. The bartender, a little overwhelmed, asks the mathematicians, “Hey, you guys sure you want to do this? Isn’t that a bit much?” The mathematicians reply, “Oh, don’t worry… we know our limits.”

From Mormon MD:

And the good folks at Blue Donut have taken the list of 100 funniest jokes of all-time — as compiled by *GQ* — and allow visitors to vote on them. Sadly, most of them aren’t mathy, but this one from A. Whitney Brown is.

China has a population of a billion people. One billion! That means even if you’re a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you.

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1.xander | June 26, 2013 at 12:00 pmI will almost certainly maintain until I die that the greatest math joke is as follows:

Q: What do you get when you cross a mosquito and a mountain climber?

A: You can’t. One is a vector, and the other a scalar.

2.venneblock | June 26, 2013 at 3:17 pmIt’s one of my favorites, too, so I won’t strongly object. But you’ve got to set it up with:

3.xander | June 26, 2013 at 3:23 pmI normally set it up with “What do you get when you cross a chicken and a turkey?” Given the large number of elephant jokes I know, perhaps I will have to reconsider…