What Do You Call…

December 16, 2014 at 1:39 am 1 comment

A question from Brain Quest Grade 4:

Parallel Question
Alex responded correctly.


Eli responded belligerently.

It’s not just mathematicians. Everyone who knows that would call them “parallel.”

How do you like that? Not only is my son mathematically literate, but he’s a sarcastic smart-ass, too. I couldn’t be more proud.

In honor of Eli…

What do you call a two-headed canary?
A binary.

What do you call a geometer who spent all summer at the beach?
Tan gent.

What do you call the circuit board on your spouse’s mother’s computer?
The motherboard-in-law.

What do you call two fishermen who fish standing up?
Vertical anglers.

What do you call a number that can’t keep still?
A roamin’ numeral.

What do you call a math teacher who loses control of his pupils?

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  • 1. Joshua  |  December 19, 2014 at 12:43 am

    What are good cases where the phrase “what does a mathematician call” has value?

    A joke example: What does an algebraist call cocoa?
    Answer: “a”

    Also, while I enjoyed it, but am trying to think of a gender neutral salvage for the tangent joke. maybe:
    What do you call the geometer’s father who spent all summer at the beach?

    Does that still leave us with a racial bias? Does this also mean I’m becoming too pc in my old age?


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