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Math Limerick Problems

Albert Einstein said that “pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” That may or may not be true, but all I know is that math poems are pretty awesome.

There are lots of math limericks on the web. One of my favorites:

A topologist’s child was quite hyper,
Till it wore a Möbius diaper.
The mess on the inside
Was thus on the outside,
And it was easy for someone to wipe her.

Fred Tofts, who claims to not be a mathematician but loves mathematics, recently shared a different kind of math limerick with MJ4MF. His five-line creation was not meant to deliver a punch line; rather, it presented a problem. As a comment to my blog interview with Colin Adams, he wrote, “I have not written any math jokes but have written many math limericks,” and then shared the following:

A dog’s at one end of a log;
At the opposite end is a frog.
Six feet from the frog
And eight feet from the dog
Is a right angle. How long’s the log?

Frog and Dog on Log

I do hope that the good Mr. Tofts will share a few more of his creations with us!

The following is more of a truth than a puzzle, but fun nonetheless.

Pick a number 1 to 9, I plea,
Then multiply by 15,873.
And again times seven,
The product to leaven;
Your number will repeat six times — you’ll see.

Do you have any math limerick problems worth sharing?

February 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm 7 comments

Mathy Animals

Many animals are proficient at math…

  • Rabbits, because they multiply.
  • Sea anemone, because they divide.
  • Snakes, because they can be adders.
  • Beavers, because they work with natural logs.
  • Flamingoes, because they balance.

What insect is good at math?

An account-ant.

Cartoon Ant

And a joke funny enough to share, even if it’s only pseudo-mathy…

A dog in a front yard is tethered to a sign that reads, “Talking Dog for Sale.” The man walks up to the dog. “You talk?” he asks.

“Sure do,” the mutt replies.

“So, what’s your story?”

The dog looks up and says, “Well, I was adopted by a mathematician when I was just a puppy. Recognizing my gift, he offered my services to the NSA. I would attend meetings with spies and world leaders. None of them expected me to be listening, so they would discuss all kinds of secret plans in front of me. For years, I was one of the country’s most valued spies. I heard a lot of amazing things. In fact, I was privy to many conversations about secret codes, and I co-authored several papers about cryptography. When I retired, I wrote a memoir about all of my adventures, which will be published later this year.”

Just as the dog finishes his story, the owner steps onto the porch. The man, completely amazed by the dog’s story, asks the owner what he wants for the dog. The owner says, “Ten dollars.”

The man says, “But, that dog is amazing! Why are you selling him so cheap?”

The owner replies, “Because he’s a frickin’ liar. He didn’t do any of that stuff.”

April 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm 4 comments

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