Posts tagged ‘Venn’

Brood X Anniversary

The Brood X cicadas have erupted again after 17 years, which can mean only one thing: it must be our 17th wedding anniversary.

You see, my wife and I were married in 2004, the last time the Brood X cicadas surfaced. Despite our poor choice of date — honestly, who plans an outdoor wedding during peak cicada time? — we were unaffected. Hundreds of cicadas were chirping away about a mile from the venue, but only two made an appearance at the event: one was seen crawling across the stage in front of the band, and the other was sunning itself on the concrete wall of a water fountain in the garden.

My best man and his wife recently sent us the following photo:

The accompanying text read, “They’re ba-a-a-a-ack! It must be your 17th anniversary!”

At dinner on Sunday night, my wife handed me a card with this image on the front:

She knows me well, and she knew a Venn diagram (no relation) would resonate. Of course, I couldn’t help but wonder why the area of overlap was so small! After 17 years, shouldn’t the image look more like this?

Was she trying to tell me something? Luckily, the message inside gave a clear indication that I had nothing to worry about. (No, I won’t elaborate as to what it said. Use your imagination. Nice boys don’t kiss and tell.)

Venn diagrams are useful for expressing relationships between two or more things. This one appeared on Twitter at least five years ago, but I only discovered it recently.

In my humble opinion, the king of Venn diagrams is Demetri Martin, from whom we get this wonderful comparison of ants, bears, and people:

My personal contribution to the genre stems from a realization about the disciplines that claim April as their national month: math, poetry, and humor:

Finally, a Venn diagram tautology.

May 20, 2021 at 1:57 am Leave a comment

Venn Would Be Good 4 You?

Given my surname, I suppose it was predestined that I’d like Venn diagrams. But nowadays, it seems that everyone likes them, especially the humorous kind. You can find a whole whack of them at, or just do a Google search for funny Venn diagrams.

Earlier this spring, Reader’s Digest featured 6 Questionable Relationships Stuffed Into Venn Diagrams. I particularly enjoyed this one:

Venn LotteryOf course, it’s based on the idiom “fools and their money soon part,” but it reminds of the following Oscar Wilde quote:

The lottery is a tax on the mathematically challenged.

Though perhaps not as succinct, W. V. O. Quine was more eloquent in describing the phenomenon:

We can applaud the state lottery as a public subsidy of intelligence, for it yields public income that is calculated to lighten the tax burden of us prudent abstainers at the expense of the benighted masses of wishful thinkers.

Not wanting to be left out of all this fun, I decided that I should attempt to create a humorous Venn diagram. How’d I do?

Venn Nots




April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

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