## Posts tagged ‘Friday the 13th’

### 13 Math Jokes that are PG-13 (or Worse)

**T****riskaidekaphobia** is an abnormal fear of the number 13. If you suffer from this ailment, then you might want to stop reading now.

Today is the **only** Friday the 13^{th} that will occur in 2014. Which makes it a good day for some trivia questions.

- Is there at least one Friday the 13th every year? If so, prove it. If not, provide a counterexample.
- What is the maximum number of times that Friday the 13th can occur in a (calendar) year?
- What is the average number of times that Friday the 13th occurs in a year?

You can check out my previous post Good Luck on Friday the 13th to find the answers to those questions.

This is also a good day for some off-color math jokes. Then again, is there a bad day for off-color math jokes?

Why is 1 the biggest slut?

It goes into everything.What has six balls and abuses the poor?

The lottery.Math is a collection of cheap tricks and dirty jokes.

What do calculus and my penis have in common?

Both are hard for you.Old statisticians never die.

They just get broken down by age and sex.Algebraists do it in fields.

Or do they do it in groups?What do you call an excited quadrilateral?

An erectangle.What covers the genitalia of a hexahedron?

Cubic hair.A knight with a 20-inch penis told a wizard that he wanted a smaller penis. The wizard told him to propose marriage to an enchanted princess. He did, and the princess said, “No.” His penis instantly shrunk to 16 inches. Happy with this result, he asked her again. Again she said, “No,” and his penis shrunk to 12 inches. He realized that each time she said, “No,” his penis shrunk by 4 inches. So he asked one last time. “How many times do I have to refuse you?” she asked. “No! No! No!”

How is math like sex?

I don’t get either one.How is sex like fractions?

It’s improper for the larger one to be on top.Why did you break up with that math student?

I caught her in bed, wrestling with three unknowns.13 is the square root of 169. What is the square root of 69?

Ate something.

### Good Luck on Friday the 13th

A friend is taking a business trip today, and I asked if he was worried about flying on Friday the 13th. “I think it’s unlucky to have superstitions,” he replied.

If you’re a baseball player and you see a cross-eyed woman today, you might want to spit in your hat to avoid bad luck. (Or so they say.)

As it turns out, the first Friday the 13th of each year is “Blame Someone Else Day,” so if you don’t like this post, you should defintely let my wife know about it.

To ensure that you point a finger at others on the correct day, wouldn’t it be helpful to know when the first Friday the 13th of the year will occur? Consider yourself lucky, because you’ve stumbled across this post. I have two methods you can use for determining which months contain a Friday the 13th.

**Method 1: Look-Up Table**

Take the last two digits of the year, *yy*.

- Calculate the sum
*yy*+ ⌊*yy*/4⌋. (The notation ⌊*x*⌋ indicates the floor function, which is the greatest integer less than*x*, so ⌊π⌋ = 3 and ⌊7.28⌋ = 7, for example.) - Determine the remainder when that sum is divided by 7.
- Look up the remainder in the table below.

For example, in 2013, the calculations would give 13 + ⌊13/4⌋ = 13 + 3 = 16, which has a remainder of 2 when divided by 7. Since 2013 is a non-leap year, the table tells us that Friday the 13th will occur in September and December this year.

Note that the table only works for dates in the 2000’s. To modify the process for dates in the 1900’s, you need to add 1 in the first step; that is, find the sum *yy* + ⌊*yy*/4⌋ + 1. Then proceed as described above.

Also note that four lines in the table are highlighted in pink and yellow. Leap years always cause problems. The yellow lines in the table indicate years in which an extra Friday the 13th occurs in January or Feburary because of leap year, and the pink lines indicate years in which a Friday the 13th in January or February does not occur because of leap year.

**Method 2: Internet**

Go to http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar, enter the year in question, and examine all 12 months to see which contain a Friday the 13th.

[Ed. Note: Though perhaps more efficient, the use of Method 2 is highly discouraged and less fun than Method 1. Using Method 2 instead of Method 1 will result in the automatic revocation of your Geek Card. Plus, there’s a practical issue: What will you do when you have a time-sensitive need to know the month of the first Friday the 13th in the year 2044, say, and you find yourself in a location without Internet access? *Shudder.* Consequently, learning Method 1 is just as critical to you as learning to calculate change mentally is to a grocery store cashier, who lives in perpetual fear of power outages.]

Incidentally, there is at least one Friday the 13th every year. In addition, every month has four Fridays the 13th in a 28-year period, which means there are an average of 1.71 Fridays the 13th each year. (There is a slight snafu regarding this last fact, because years ending in 00 aren’t leap years if the year is not a multiple of 400, but whatever. It’s true most of the time.)