The Beer Paradox

January 29, 2018 at 11:38 pm 2 comments

Beer Taps

From Gene Weingarten’s recent column, “Rhymes Against Humanity,” in the January 28 edition of the Washington Post Magazine:

An infinite number of mathematicians
Walked into a bar on one recent night,
And, under the strangest of barroom conditions,
What followed quite nearly became a big fight.

“I’ll have a pint,” said the first to the ’tender.
“I’ll have a half,” said the next fellow down.
“I’ll have a quarter,” said the third (no big spender).
“Give me an eighth,” said the next, like a clown.

The bartender fumed and grew suddenly pale
Then, calmly, he turned and he went to the spout
Drew up two pints, set them down at the rail.
Said, “Enough of this nonsense — you all work it out.”

This is an MJ4MF original, though like Gene’s, it’s based on a stale, old joke:

With my head in an oven
And my feet on some ice,
I’d say that, on average,
I feel rather nice!

What other classic math jokes can be easily converted to poems? Or have already been?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. goldenoj  |  January 30, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I ducked into the alley,
    Furtive, glancing to and fro.
    She never seemed to dally
    And had already killed my bro

    And he was half again as big,
    Plus the other who was one more.
    Escape by climb or try to dig
    To elude the numbervore?

    What does she want with me?
    I admit my fear and then
    Await my prime finale to be
    Consumed like nine and ten.

    Reply
    • 2. venneblock  |  January 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Nice one, Math Hombre!

      Reply

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