Posted by: thumpasery | November 10, 2008

There are 10 Types of People in This World

Those who understand binary, and those who have friends!

This post is meant to address the question of whether there are indeed funny math jokes out there. I have two more, and I’ll let you decide for yourself what the answer to that question is:

A mathematician is flying non-stop from Edmonton to Frankfurt with AirTransat. The scheduled flying time is nine hours. Some time after taking off, the pilot announces that one engine had to be turned off due to mechanical failure: “Don’t worry – we’re safe. The only noticeable effect this will have for us is that our total flying time will be ten hours instead of nine.”
A few hours into the flight, the pilot informs the passengers that another engine had to be turned off due to mechanical failure: “But don’t worry – we’re still safe. Only our flying time will go up to twelve hours.”
Some time later, a third engine fails and has to be turned off. But the pilot reassures the passengers: “Don’t worry – even with one engine, we’re still perfectly safe. It just means that it will take sixteen hours total for this plane to arrive in Frankfurt.”
The mathematician remarks to his fellow passengers: “If the last engine breaks down, too, then we’ll be in the air for twenty-four hours altogether!”

Well, if that joke left your judgment still in limbo, this next one should probably put all doubt to rest:

Q: How does one insult a mathematician?
A: You say: “Your brain is smaller than any >0!”



  1. I have a collection of 180 actuarial jokes on – none of them funny. Actuaries are mathematicians specializing in the insurance business. Some of these jokes are insurance-specific, but many are generic math jokes.

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