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Math Jokes for the Holidays

Happy holidays from MJ4MF!

Ho Ho Ho

Okay, pop quiz!

  1. How many total gifts did my true love give me during The Twelve Days of Christmas?
  2. How many candles are burned in a menorah during the eight days of Hanukkah?
  3. How many candles are burned in the kinara during the seven days of Kwanzaa?

If you’re feeling in the holiday spirit, you can sing a mathematical song, possibly one that starts like this.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa (La)9

Or if not, you can just enjoy these jokes…

Which burns longer, a red candle or a green candle?
Neither! Candles burn shorter, not longer!

Did you hear about the modest computer scientist who declared one of Santa’s helpers obsolete, with the hope of eventually phasing him out?
He was elf deprecating.

December 14, 2012 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

The Twelve Days of Crisp Math – Day 1

Lots of religions and cultures celebrate holidays at this time of year, and most of them last more than just one day.

  • Diwali (Hindu)  — 5 days
  • Kwanzaa (African-American) — 7 days
  • Chanukah (Judaism) — 8 days
  • Las Posadas (Latino) — 9 days
  • Christmas (Christianity) — 12 days

And while Ramadan isn’t always celebrated in December (it varies quite a bit in the Gregorian calendar; in 2012, it occurred during July and August), it just feels wrong to exclude 23% of the world’s population from this discussion.

  • Ramadan (Muslim) — 30 days

Though each holiday lasts a different number of days, on average they last about 12 days:

\frac{5 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 12 + 30}{6} = \frac{71}{6} = 11.8\overline{3}

With that in mind, I’ll be posting one math joke a day for the next twelve days to celebrate The Twelve Days of Crisp Math. Consider it my holiday treat to you. And what better date to start than 12/12/12? Just to keep with the theme, today’s joke was posted at 12:12 a.m. (Eastern Time), and each joke during the celebration will be posted at the same time every day.

Granted, math isn’t a religion, but lots of folks treat it like one. In fact, many mathematicians think that they are gods…

Ecologists think they’re biologists;
Biologists think they’re organic chemists;
Organic chemists think they’re physicists;
Physicists think they’re God; and,
God thinks he’s a mathematician.

…or vice versa, I suppose.

Without further adieu, here is the joke for the First Day of Crisp Math.

The failing math student went to the professor’s office to get some help. When he arrived, several students were ahead of him, so he waited patiently for his turn. When he finally went in, he asked his question, and the professor spent the better part of an hour trying various explanations, but nothing worked. The student was clearly frustrated.

“Well,” said the professor. “I suppose after you graduate, you’ll be waiting for me to die so you can spit on my grave.”

“Oh, no,” said the student. “After I graduate, I ain’t never gonna stand in line again!”

December 12, 2012 at 12:12 am Leave a comment


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