Have been reading a book called The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets. Turns out that many of the writers of Simpsons were mathematicians and they managed to sneak enough maths into the sitcom to fill up a university degree course! They have been secretly educating (or trying very hard to) TV audiences for years thru their use of some fairly advanced maths in the serial.
This book is written by Simon Singh and kept me entertained for almost a week, and now I can’t stop telling maths jokes and some crazy facts!
Here are a few:
Q. What did the number 0 say to the number 8?
A. Nice Belt!
After the floods, Noah tells all the animals to go forth and multiply and when he came to check after a few months all the animals had indeed multiplied except for a pair of snakes…
He asked them what the problem was, and they had a request. They told Noah to cut a few trees for them. Noah did that. When he came back to check on them a few weeks later, there were many, many baby snakes… He asked them how come they needed trees chopped to multiply.
They grinned sheepishly (if snakes can do that… use your imagination here) and replied, we are adders, we need logs to multiply!!
An infinite number of mathematicians walked into a bar. The first one told the bar tender he wanted 1/2 a glass of beer. The next asked for 1/4th glass of beer, the next for 1/8th glass and so on… The bar tender looked at all of them, poured out one glass of beer and gave it to them saying quite sternly – Know your Limits!!
Jesus once remarked, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like 2x2+5x-6
Thomas asked Peter, “What’s He talking about?!”
Peter replied, “Don’t worry, it’s just one of His parabolas!!!”
Q. What’s a Polar bear?
A. A rectangular bear after a coordinate transformation.
An amazing fact: 1000000000000066600000000000001 is a prime number – It is called Belphegor’s Prime, after one of the princes of hell. It is 1 followed by 13 zeroes, followed by 666 (the Devil’s number), followed by 13 zeroes, followed by 1. Possibly the unluckiest number on the planet! 🙂
Will leave all the others for you to discover… read the book!