Mathematics has been the bane of my existence.
I was great at arithmetic, and then one day I hit algebra.
I slammed into a barrier I couldn't work past for years:
How can you do math with letters? Letters are for reading and writing.
You'd think that I would have given up on math at this point in my life.
I did once decades ago when I eked out a B in calculus,
tied my calculus text up with a ribbon, and tossed it in the trash.
But I am drawn to math's stark beauty and economy;
and if I can live long enough, I'll go back and relearn
how to solve the quadratic equation and other mathematical mysteries.
Meanwhile when I need a laugh I sometimes treat myself to math jokes.
I don't always get the joke, but I will hunt down
what I don't understand until I get it or sort of get it.
And let me tell you, when I taught math to my second and third graders,
I made sure they grasped the math concepts I was teaching,
and we came at them from every possible direction I could think of
and with every hands-on, concrete manipulative I could find.
Here are some of the best jokes and math funnies I came across today.
You'll either love them or H8 them!
I hope they give you a chuckle or a laugh!
A Sine from God
For my brother Roy:
Some people say the glass is half full.
Some people say the glass is half empty.
Engineers say the glass is twice as big as necessary.
Don't tell my kiddos, but I had to double check factorials when I saw this joke,
just to make sure I was remembering correctly.
Factorials on the Loose
The factorial function (symbol: !)
says to multiply all whole numbers from our chosen number down to 1.
5! = 5 x 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 120
8! = 8 x 7 × 6 × 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 40320
1! = 1
A talking sheepdog gets all the sheep into the pen for his farmer.
He comes back and says “Okay, chief – all 40 sheep accounted for.”
The farmer says, “But I’ve counted them and I’ve only got 36!”
The sheepdog replies, “I know, but I rounded them up.”
I have more, but I'll save them for another day.
Till next time ~
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