Date 
Title 
First Line of Text ... 
3/22/2015 
School Improvement Chain Letter 
A local teacher passed this bit of humor on to me....
... 
3/15/2015 
Groaners With Some Math 
Some groaners from a kid's book series called Jokes and Rid... 
3/8/2015 
Pi Blowing! 
One of my students (W.H.) found this picture on Facebook,... 
3/1/2015 
A True Story 
At one time, a Bell telephone operator took this call f... 
2/22/2015 
Research Not Meant to be Humorous 
Somethings that are true but humorous, often hurt! I ha... 
2/15/2015 
Don't Get Too Excited... 
The Daffy Dictionary (1977) was intended to provide you... 
2/8/2015 
Humor or a Painful History Lesson? 
Consider this actual question from a County Superintenden... 
2/1/2015 
Playing with Units 
Einstein, Newton, and Pascal are playing the game of hi... 
1/25/2015 
Humane Hunting ala Statistics 
Three statisticians went deerhunting with bows and arr... 
1/18/2015 
Prime Poofs 
Proofs that odd numbers are prime...
Mathematician: 1 ... 
1/11/2015 
The Fate of Partial Credit 
Several young clerical workers were riding down the ele... 
1/4/2015 
Mathematician vs. Physicist 
A mathematician will call an infinite series convergent i... 
12/14/2014 
BooHISS! 
A retired psychology professor passed this "olde"... 
12/7/2014 
And the Last of the Oldies That Have Been Found! 
Continuing from last week: When I started teaching middle s... 
11/30/2014 
And Even More of the Oldies That Have Been Found! 
Continuing from last week: When I started teaching middle s... 
11/23/2014 
And Even More of the Oldies That Have Been Found! 
Continuing from last week: When I started teaching middle s... 
11/16/2014 
Some More of the Oldies That Have Been Found! 
Continuing from last week: When I started teaching middle s... 
11/9/2014 
Some Oldies Have Been Found! 
When I started teaching middle school mathematics 44 years ... 
10/26/2014 
I'm Glad I Teach Mathematics! 
Some actual student bloopers...
The Greeks were lazy peo... 
10/19/2014 
Birds...Bees... 
Elementaryschool boy to pals exiting a sexeducation dis... 
10/12/2014 
Five Supposedly True Groaners 
Someone sent this "humor" online, posted by a ... 
10/5/2014 
The Football Recruit Does Some Math 
A college football coach had recruited a top talent, bu... 
9/28/2014 
Metric Madness 
My former middle school students were challenged to pro... 
9/21/2014 
Making Fun of Mathematicians...Too Easy? 
The esteemed Notices of the AMS (January 2005) included an ... 
9/14/2014 
Proof, Disproof, and Proofdis! 
The esteemed Notices of the AMS (January 2005) included an ... 
6/8/2014 
More of the Same...Plus Some Light Bulb Humor 
The esteemed Notices of the AMS (January 2005) included an ... 
6/1/2014 
What's My Bovine? 
The esteemed Notices of the AMS (January 2005) included an ... 
5/25/2014 
Group of Grape Humor 
The esteemed Notices of the AMS (January 2005) included an ... 
5/18/2014 
The UltraLite Diet 
The following advertisement was published in the Daily News... 
5/11/2014 
Perceived Realities 
These fit well with the theme of the MathNews for this week... 
5/4/2014 
It Must Involve Egyptian Addition Using Rates! 
Can you solve this word problem?
If a man and a half, al... 
4/27/2014 
Did She Get the Job? 
A female applicant taking a publicservice examination ha... 
4/20/2014 
Fly Subtraction Doubled 
"If there were four flies on a table and I killed on... 
4/13/2014 
Fractions Drive One To.... 
Spring vacation was near and the teacher was trying to give... 
4/6/2014 
Cow Math 
The teacher was leading the youthful class in mathematics.
... 
3/30/2014 
From Anon's SlightlyForked Tongue 
Leonard Louis Levinson published The LeftHanded Dictiona... 
3/23/2014 
Five PreCalc Groaners 
Question: How do trig functions greet each other?
Answer... 
3/16/2014 
Four Algebra Groaners 
Question: Miss sqrt(7) had three older brothers: cube roo... 
3/9/2014 
G.H. Hardy Would Be Pleased... 
A pure mathematician may be defined as one who is distres... 
3/2/2014 
Don't Mistake the Repeat Key for the Repent Key! 
Author Theodore MacDonald writes: "As an aside, I mi... 
2/23/2014 
One Way to Count Cows 
There is, you may recall, an old tale about a ranch owner... 
2/16/2014 
Number Numbness 
Question: Why couldn't Stu Dent write the number ELEVEN ?... 
2/9/2014 
Priorities: These Say It All..... 
Plus a relevant sign of the recent times sent to me by ... 
2/2/2014 
Laws of the Land 
Someone sent M.J. (Bellingham) this list of "new&quo... 
1/26/2014 
Small Town News Confuse 
Some actual statements taken from small country newspapers.... 
1/22/2014 

Three statisticians went deerhunting with bows and arrow... 
1/22/2014 

Three statisticians went deerhunting with bows and arrow... 
1/19/2014 
Reality of Group Work Hits Home 
"Why don't you do your math group work with George... 
1/12/2014 
One Too Be Read Twice 
A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shoppi... 
1/5/2014 

When S.A. (former WWU student) posted this cartoon on F... 
12/8/2013 
One Reason Why Directions Should Include "Explain..." 
After reading the past few week's actual student responses,... 
12/1/2013 
And the Last of the Actual Responses to Test Questions 
Q: Name an angle complementary to BDC.
A:
Q: Name a pa... 
11/24/2013 
And Even More Actual Responses to Test Questions 
Q: John keeps pigs and chickens on his farm. Among them, ... 
11/17/2013 
Even More Actual Responses to Test Questions 
Q: What is conditional probability?
A: Maybe, maybe not.... 
11/10/2013 
More Actual Responses to Test Questions 
Q: To change centimeters to meters you....?
A: Take out ... 
11/3/2013 
Actual Responses to Test Questions 
Q: What is a parabola?
A: A very horrible disease that m... 
10/27/2013 
Moving Answers 
Someone asked an accountant a mathematician, an engineer,... 
10/20/2013 
Worth Partial Credit? 
On a civil service exam, the question read: "If a ma... 
10/13/2013 
More Computational Corn 
Why is a dog with a lame leg like adding 6 and 7?
He put... 
10/6/2013 
Two Corny Student Interactions 
Teacher: Seymour, you copied from Elmo's paper, didn't yo... 
9/29/2013 
Thoughts on the Wall #2 
Graffiti from a University of Texas rest room....
Sq... 
9/22/2013 
Thoughts on the Wall #1 
Graffiti from a U.C. Berkeley rest room....
Infinity... 
9/15/2013 
Math SightSeeing 
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., my brotherinlaw ove... 
9/8/2013 
Serving 12 
And moving right along from the number 11, here is the nu... 
6/2/2013 
Geometry, Love, and Poetry 
Robert Service (1874  1958) was a Canadian poet and writ... 
5/26/2013 
Dog Math: Good Example of a Limit 
A man walked into a pet shop, pointed to a large dog in... 
5/19/2013 
A Math Student's Nightmare 
This early treasure from Dr. Seuss was printed in a magazin... 
5/12/2013 
The Power of SkillsRight or Wrong 
A high school mathematics teacher, telling his student ... 
5/5/2013 
Enough Said.... 

5/4/2013 


4/28/2013 
Now This Recipe Makes More Sense... 
A new design from Zazzle.com, designed to "impress... 
4/21/2013 
Mathematical Daffynitions 
Definition #1
Fence: The difference between one yard a... 
4/14/2013 
When I'm Glad I Teach Math 
Groaner #1:
The examination question was a real puzzle... 
4/7/2013 
Dog Addition to 100 
This is an old joke...I have tried to clean it up as much... 
3/31/2013 
DaffyNition 
Question: What do you call a prehistoric prison?
Answe... 
3/24/2013 
Hunting an Elephant in the Sahara 
MATHEMATICIANS hunt elephants by going to Africa, throwin... 
3/17/2013 
Dull Numbers Become Cinderellas 
In his article (below), Nick MacKinnon offers some humorous... 
3/10/2013 
Story in Numbers 
L.L. (Bellingham) sent me this story.....enjoy...!

3/3/2013 
Appropriate Price! 
M.J. (Bellingham) sent me this advertisement taken with a c... 
2/24/2013 
When Is a Joke Not a Joke? 
I am always on the search for new mathematical humor, w... 
2/17/2013 
Students In Need of Some Math Review....Or a Brain! 
Some parts of the Grand Canyon are a mile deep and two mi... 
2/10/2013 
Mathematical Precision 
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician were travel... 
2/3/2013 
New Use For a Möbius Strip 
Just found this unusual poem....hope you enjoy it, as you n... 
1/27/2013 
Knowing When to Ask for Extra Help 
A struggling mathematics student visited a casino one wee... 
1/20/2013 
Intelligent Dogs 
A mathematician, an accountant, a chemist, and a bureaucr... 
1/13/2013 
Don't Believe Everything You Read: 4 Becomes 5 
In his Esquire essay "I Say It's False" in 19... 
1/6/2013 
You Should See the Ones I Did Not Share...3,498 of Them! 
Recently, I completed reading Gerald Lieberman's 3,500 Good... 
12/9/2012 
The Good Olde Daze 
Not really humorous...but rather is a glimpse at the past..... 
12/2/2012 
Parents Help at Math Homework 
Parents are expected to participate in their children's e... 
11/25/2012 
ruler 
How do you measure infinity?
SimpleStart at the end ... 
11/18/2012 
Several People Sent Me This.... 
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2012 when...
1. You accident... 
11/11/2012 
WTD: Part 3 
I was sent the following, under the email label: "Why... 
11/4/2012 
WTD: Part 2 
I was sent the following, under the email label: "Why... 
10/28/2012 
WTD: Part 1 
I was sent the following, under the email label: "Why... 
10/21/2012 
Stu Dent Says... 
Some of you may use funny names within word problems, pos... 
10/14/2012 
A Story in Two Acts 
L.L. (Bellingham) sent me this twopart story.....enjoy...!... 
10/7/2012 
Pavlovlike Response with Algorithms 
These two pictures are authentic...the cities exist. But, t... 
9/30/2012 
Summer AfterMath vs. Math AfterSummer 
M.J. (Bellingham) sent me this trig picture, which veers fr... 
9/23/2012 
English is a Crazy Language: Part 2 
Though the following has little to do with mathematical hum... 
9/16/2012 
English is a Crazy Language: Part 1 
Though the following has little to do with mathematical hum... 
9/9/2012 
The Average Statistician ala 1950 
The average statistician is married to 1.75 wives, who tr... 
9/2/2012 
Mathematical Misbehavior 
Question: How does a mathematician induce good behavior i... 
6/3/2012 
The Job Interviews 
An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the fi... 
5/27/2012 
Jungle Math 
Tarzan: Why isn't it a good idea to do math in the jungle... 
5/20/2012 
Two More Songs I'll Never Sing 
Triangle Song
Sung to Oscar Meyer ad melody
Lyrics by... 
5/13/2012 
A Song I'll Never Sing 
Graphing Song
Sung to Home on the Range melody
Oh, yo... 
5/6/2012 
Seven Famous "Logical" Quotations That Hurt 
Warning 1: The following quotations have nothing to do ... 
4/29/2012 
Doing Divsion with Multiple Solutions 
Teacher: What is Half of 8?
Student : 0 if divide... 
4/22/2012 
HUMOR: Helps Understand Many Offhand Remarks 
Some of you may be into computer humor. To provide a ta... 
4/15/2012 
Circular Logic 
How to confuse a struggling mathematics student who mis... 
4/8/2012 
New Statistical Unit...With Confidence? 
Question:What is the measurement term for the quantity th... 
4/1/2012 
Student Creativity: L.P. Rules! 
Students often give creative solutions to problems that are... 
3/25/2012 
Square Root or Cube Root? 
This photo was found by N.M., a WWU student, and sent to he... 
3/18/2012 
But How Could This Not Be Humorous? 
Redfield, South Dakota, has a newspaper called the Press. T... 
3/4/2012 
For All of You OldTimers.... 
Why is 4/33 called the Lawrence Welk fraction?
Hint: D... 
2/26/2012 
If Numbers Could Talk... 
What did the zero say to the eight?
Nice belt! 
2/19/2012 
NCLB: The Football Version 
Michael Paul Goldenberg, mathematics educator in Ann Arbo... 
2/12/2012 
Some Valentine's Day Humor 
In my (1)1/2
and in my r = 44sin(Θ)
you are lo... 
2/5/2012 
This One Hurts! 
On a rerun of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, he told this story.... 
1/29/2012 
Where's General Ize When You Need Her? 
A student (A.L.) brought in this story from the section &qu... 
1/22/2012 
Must Be a Former Student.... 
During a company’s recent password audit, it was learned ... 
1/15/2012 
True Story! Honest to Euler! 
As context, Karl Fogel is an Open Development Specialist, h... 
1/13/2012 
Joking in Tongues 
Think back to January, 1985 in Anaheim. It was the Annual M... 
1/8/2012 
Like Son, Almost Like Father 
Father: "Teacher, why did Johnny fail his arithmetic... 
1/1/2012 
An Empty Sty 
An alert copyreader on the Illinois State Journal could not... 
12/11/2011 
Integrating Math Into English 
Teacher: John, please use fascinate in a sentence.
John:... 
12/4/2011 
Three Groaners...EviDent! 
Stu Dent: Who was the straightest man in the Bible?
Polly ... 
11/27/2011 
Two Groaners = One Smile? 
Al: That's a big fivetwo.
Sal: What's a big fivetwo?
... 
11/20/2011 
Logical Question, Mathematical Response 
Lil: If two's company, and three's a crowd, what are four... 
11/13/2011 
If Math Books Could Talk 
Plus: What did one math book say to the other math book?
... 
11/6/2011 
Rational Reasoning 
Teacher: Now remember, students, statistics don't lie. Fo... 
10/30/2011 
Financial Numbers 
Rick and Dick were leaving the cafeteria. As they passed ... 
10/23/2011 
Students In Need of Some Science Review....Or a Brain! 
The light passes into the eye through the lens and is foc... 
10/16/2011 
I'm Glad I Teach Mathematics! 
Some actual student bloopers...
Q: What is the plural of... 
10/9/2011 
Students In Need of Some Math Review....Or a Brain! 
When one class was asked to draw two lines of symmetry, o... 
10/2/2011 
Creating Little Performers! 
Kids are so deflatable.
One little kid came up to me an... 
9/25/2011 
Remember Babes in Toyland? 
I Can't Do the Sum
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Gl... 
9/18/2011 
The Challenge and the Challenged 
A farmer challenges an engineer, a physicist, and a mat... 
9/15/2011 

Nothing to do with math...
A little silverhaired lady cal... 
9/11/2011 
But e^{x} Is So Special... 
There is a big calculus party one night, and all the func... 
9/4/2011 
Google Fermat's Doodle 
At times, Google uses special graphics that surround the se... 
6/5/2011 
Student Airs #5 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
5/29/2011 
An Eighth Grader's Evening Prayer 
Now I Lay me down to rest.
I pray I pass tomorrow's test... 
5/22/2011 
Student Airs #4 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
5/15/2011 
Perplexities of Algebra 
At times, my mind seems like a sieve
Everything goes in ... 
5/8/2011 
Makes Sense, Joe...Math is the Study of Patterns 
Teacher: “Who can tell me what 7 times 6 is?”
Joe: “It's... 
5/1/2011 
A Humorous View of Understanding 
At a social gathering, the hostess asked Einstein to explai... 
4/24/2011 
Student Airs #3 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
4/17/2011 
ALGEBRA 
In the beginning, God created Algebra.
And the world was f... 
4/10/2011 
Filling a Klein Bottle with M&Ms 
Bernard Y. Tao is a scientist at a large midwestern unive... 
4/3/2011 
The Good Olde Daze..... 
This article actually appeared in the Daily Telegraph in th... 
3/27/2011 
Student Airs #2 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
3/20/2011 
MathNEXUS = He Max Nuts or She Max Nut 
I enjoy word play, especially anagrams. Below are some of... 
3/13/2011 
If Only This Was True.... 
This article supposedly appeared in The Chicago Tribune (Ju... 
3/6/2011 
Another $2.79 Mathematics Experience 
As mentioned last week, my wife buys me greeting cards...no... 
2/27/2011 
A $2.79 Mathematics Experience 
What to do? My wife buys me greeting cards...not for an o... 
2/20/2011 
Student Airs #1 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
2/13/2011 
A Battle of Pythagorean Proportions 
Three medieval kingdoms lay on the shores of a lake. Ther... 
2/6/2011 
Study Cautiously...Why Is This Script of Words Odd? 
Gadsby was walking back from a visit down in Branton Hill... 
1/30/2011 
Playing HideandSeek 
"Einstein, Pascal, and Newton are playing hideandsee... 
1/23/2011 
Math Teachers Thought They Had It Bad... 
Mathematics teachers often complain about how reading or ... 
1/16/2011 
The Mathematician as ProblemSolver 
As part of a research project, a mathematician was asked ... 
1/9/2011 
Invertible Dimensions 
Teacher: Who can define the term "depth" for th... 
1/2/2011 
Rules for Students 
These rules were found in an old file cabinet from the We... 
12/12/2010 
Rah for Ratios 
Teacher: If it took six pigs two hours to eat all the app... 
12/5/2010 
Mathematics Is Going Green 
Supposedly...at least to mathematics teachers, the naming... 
11/28/2010 
Square Logic ala Taxicab Geometry 
An old gentleman used to take a daily walk around the block... 
11/21/2010 
How Many is Many? 
In 1982, Ried's Table was published to help newspaper rea... 
11/14/2010 
Special Number 5 
Frank believed that 5 was his special number. He was born o... 
11/7/2010 
The Eternal Search 
Son: "Pop, how do you find the least common denominato... 
10/31/2010 
The Technological Generation 
While reviewing math symbols with my second grade pupils, I d... 
10/24/2010 
Battle of the JayWalking AllStars: No Winners! 
On his latenight show, Jay Leno often has a "Battle... 
10/17/2010 
MathPhobias Plus! 
Reader's Digest (7/1991) once listed some "worry words... 
10/10/2010 
What Would Be A Good Sign For a Math Teacher? 
The above "sign" is the logo for the Carthage J... 
10/3/2010 
Diagram This Relation...ala Homer & Jethro 
A young man married an older woman who had a grown daught... 
9/26/2010 
Doubledose of The 1010 Commandments 
Ten Commandments for Mathematics (King James Version)
... 
9/19/2010 
It's Not Just Math Humor... 
Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the... 
9/12/2010 
Did You Hear About the Woodsman Who Yelled LOG! 
Known for his good grades in mathematics, Peter is pest... 
9/5/2010 
Value of Fractions 
Some people remind me of the bottom figure of a fraction. T... 
6/6/2010 
And the Final Groaners for This Year! 
Question 1: What is the definition of a vector space?
A... 
5/30/2010 
martin Gardner 
I have searched everywhere for a good example that illustra... 
5/23/2010 
And Even Five More Groaners 
Question 1: What do you have to know to get top grades in... 
5/16/2010 
Five More Groaners 
Question 1: What kind of pliers do you use in arithmetic?... 
5/9/2010 
A Set of Five Groaners 
Question 1: What is the difference between a new penny an... 
5/2/2010 
But it was Arcortes Who Said This! 
Note for the Record: It was Descartes who said "I ... 
4/25/2010 
As If Calculus Wasn't Difficult Enough for Students! 
Senate Panel Approves Tougher Derivatives Rules

4/18/2010 
What Is Wrong with This Graph? 
Note for the Record, from people who passed this graph ... 
4/11/2010 
Going My Way... 
QUESTION: You walk into a fancy office building and ent... 
4/4/2010 
Speaking Like A Pirate 
What does an octogenarian pirate say?
Aye Matey! (... 
3/28/2010 
April Fool Gotchyas! 
Asami Novak has published a list of the "10 Best Apr... 
3/21/2010 
If Only the World's Problems Were This Straight Forward... 
An elementary teacher was trying to engage her thirdgrad... 
3/14/2010 
The Math Test 
By: Zane Goldenberg Dietz
Oh no.
I'm screwed.
Why didn't... 
3/7/2010 
Why Is It PiDay? 
Miss Cellania posted this interesting perspective on Alex... 
2/28/2010 
Supposedly This Story is True... 
Deciding to do some backyard landscaping, my fatherinl... 
2/21/2010 
G Y U P T? 
Question: How do you tell one bathroom full of statistici... 
2/14/2010 
Statisticians Claim... 
Statisticians claim that a scenic and exotic trip is trav... 
2/7/2010 
A Holiday is Coming... 
Valentine
You disintigrate my differential,
you dislocate... 
1/31/2010 
Did You Hear About the Statistician... 
Question: Did you hear about the statistician who was thr... 
1/24/2010 
Warning: Stay Away From Statisticians! 
There is no truth to the allegation that statisticians ar... 
1/17/2010 
Beta Alpha on It... 
Question: How many statisticians does it take to change a... 
1/10/2010 
Need to Stop and Think About These.... 
According to a recent survey, 33% of the people say they ... 
1/3/2010 
Geometries 
Heartbreaks are geometric lines
They have length, but n... 
12/13/2009 
xmas 
Given: ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Prove: Happy Holidays... 
12/6/2009 
More Chindogu 
On Math News for this week, the "art" of Chindogu... 
11/29/2009 
The Task of Screwing in a Light Bulb 
Question: How many mathematics professors does it take to... 
11/22/2009 
The Psalm of the Trig Teacher 
He is my teacher; I shall not pass.
He maketh me go to t... 
11/15/2009 
Test Time...Josh Is A Child Left Behind 
Today was test day in algebra class, and I hoped my student... 
11/8/2009 
What Does Mean Mean? 
"What is meant by the mean temperature?" asked Mr... 
11/1/2009 
The Truth Prevails... 
Teacher: "Jim, what three words are most used in arith... 
10/25/2009 
Let Me RecycleThat One More Time? 

10/18/2009 
Seating Chart vs. Cheating Chart 
Dad: "Son, how far were you from the right answer on t... 
10/11/2009 
A New Consumer's Scan? 
Carefully read the first line under the headline: "D... 
10/4/2009 
Equations Obfuscated...Just What We Need More of.... 
On ebay recently, a powerseller known as New Retro Signwo... 
9/27/2009 
Ichiro Math 
D.W. (Bellingham) sent me this bit of "sign" humo... 
9/20/2009 
Special Daze 
Get ready....a bunch of special days will soon occur....
... 
9/13/2009 
A Gift of Bumper Stickers 
Recently, I gave a presentation at the spring dinner for ... 
8/30/2009 
ReWarmed Humor 
To begin the school year, I am reprinting a "classic&quo... 
6/1/2009 
Bear With Me On This One...I See the Humor 
Over a year ago, the MathNEXUS posed two problems relate... 
5/31/2009 
Welcome to Teaching 
In a practicum, a young student teacher was anxious as she ... 
5/24/2009 
But You Can't Take Logs of Negative Numbers! 
Theorem: ln(1) = 0
Proof:
By first focusing on the log r... 
5/17/2009 
And Another Inflationary Proof! 
Theorem: $1 = 1 cent
Proof:
First, by definition, $1 = 1... 
5/10/2009 
Inflation Has Arrived 
Theorem: $1 = 10 cents
Proof: It is a fact that $1 = 100 c... 
5/3/2009 
110% Proof 
Theorem: All natural numbers are equal.
Proof: It is suffi... 
4/26/2009 
Calculators Don't Lie 
A mathematician, showing her teenage son how to use a new c... 
4/19/2009 
A Look at the Future 
In the year 2050, society has advanced to the extent that b... 
4/12/2009 
A Joke That Fills Me With Optimism! 
Question: Why is a mathematics text always upset?
Answer:... 
3/29/2009 
Retelling an Old But Good Joke 
Polly Dent used to live at 600 Euclid Avenue.
Now she live... 
3/22/2009 
Ugh! 
Question: What does a hungry mathematics teacher like to ea... 
3/15/2009 
Check It Out 

3/8/2009 
pi 

3/1/2009 
Partial Credit? 

2/22/2009 
Math ala The Movies 

2/15/2009 
At Home With the Dent Family 
Polly Dent is watching the television news with her husband... 
2/8/2009 
MathRoom Conversation 

2/1/2009 
14 Misunderstandings In The History Of Mathematics 
In the interest of historical accuracy let it be known that... 
1/25/2009 
What?....Read Carefully and Then ReThink 
Sitting in a cafe, a mathematician, a physicist, and a biol... 
1/18/2009 
Depends on Your Perspective 
After an enjoyable evening out with colleagues, a mathemati... 
1/11/2009 
Last of the Mathroom Graffiti 
Love is like Mathematics
+ Love
 Hate
÷ Two (people)
... 
1/4/2009 
Even More Outside the MathRoom Graffiti 

12/14/2008 
Graphical Humor? 
GraphJam.com is an interesting website with potential. It ... 
12/7/2008 
Calculator "Inverse"  Part II 
This is more of what was discussed earlier (11/9/2008), b... 
11/30/2008 
Outside the MathRoom Graffiti 

11/23/2008 
Mathroom Graffiti: Proof That 0 = 1! 
Note: with reference to this graffiti, M.J. (Bellingha... 
11/16/2008 
Mathroom Graffiti 
Life is complex. It has real and imaginary components.
P... 
11/9/2008 
Calculator "Inverse" 
When you invert a calculator readout, you hopefully can m... 
11/2/2008 
1869 MIT Entrance Exam: Geometry 
Note: This is not really mathematics humor, but it beco... 
10/26/2008 
1869 MIT Entrance Exam: Algebra 
Note: This is not really mathematics humor, but it beco... 
10/19/2008 
1869 MIT Entrance Exam: Arithmetic 
Find the sum, then the difference, and then the product ... 
10/12/2008 
Visual Interpretation of No Child Left Behind! 
Note: A repeat from the Archive. 
10/5/2008 
Ah...the Power of Negative Thinking 

9/28/2008 
Read Between the Li(n)es 
The following is a letter of reference supposedly written a... 
9/21/2008 
Some Daffynitions 
Algorithms: A band that features a former Vice President
... 
9/14/2008 
A Play On Words...Or Is It? 
TEACHER: "If you subtract fourteen from a hundred sixt... 
9/7/2008 
The Sins They Are AChanging! 
One of my students (JD) sent me this bit of humor:

8/31/2008 
Chicken Inmoebiusized 
Question: Why did the chicken cross the moebius strip?
... 
6/15/2008 
Powers of One 
If this comic does not make sense (i.e. make you smile, rev... 
6/8/2008 
Pi's Hidden Secret 
Courtesy of Randall Munroe, author of XKCD: A webcomic ... 
6/1/2008 
Things to Do When Passing Time 
Courtesy of Randall Munroe, author of XLCD: A webcomic ... 
5/11/2008 
A Grammatical Dilemma 
Which is correct?
"Nine and five is fifteen"
... 
5/4/2008 
Warning...Math Ahead 
A final sign with many implications....
Mathematics incl... 
4/27/2008 
More Signs of the Times 
More "obvious" mathematical humor in the first sign... 
4/20/2008 
Signs of the Times 
I know there is some mathematical humor in these four signs..... 
4/13/2008 
An Overheard Conversation...Unfortunately 
TeenAger: "Is Paris in England?"
Friend: "... 
4/6/2008 
A Shape of Many Names 
His girlfriend talked so much about getting engaged that ... 
3/30/2008 
And the Bottom Rung....But Requested by Some! 
Question: What did the acorn say when it grew up?
Answer: ... 
3/23/2008 
Some Even LowerLevel Humor...How Far Down Can This Go! 
Question: What sort of computer did Isaac Newton use?
Answ... 
3/16/2008 
Some LowLevel Humor 
Question: What did they say to Archimedes before he had a b... 
3/9/2008 
Some UpperLevel Humor 
Question: What is a kittegory?
Answer: A small category.
... 
3/2/2008 
Some Mathematical GraffitiPart 2 
Old mathematicians never die, they just become symbol minde... 
2/24/2008 
Some Mathematical GraffitiPart 1 
Statistics means never having to say you are sorry.
Smokin... 
2/17/2008 
Kleine Klein Humor 
Question: What does it say on the label on a Klein bottle?
... 
2/10/2008 
Howlers Out of the Mouths of Actual Math StudentsPart IV 
I's sorry I do not know the formula for the volume of a rec... 
2/3/2008 
Howlers Out of the Mouths of Actual Math StudentsPart III 
A cyclical quadrilateral is an animal that has been taught ... 
1/27/2008 
Howlers Out of the Mouths of Actual Math StudentsPart II 
A curve is the longest distance between two points.
An ang... 
1/20/2008 
Howlers Out of the Mouths of Actual Math StudentsPart I 
90o is the boiling point of a rightangled triangle
Infini... 
1/13/2008 
Seek and You Shall Find..... 
Teacher (to class): Can you find the cube root of 1000?
... 
12/30/2007 
A Parody or the Sad Truth? 
A rope overhangs a pulley with a weight on one end and a m... 
12/16/2007 
Sad Day 
Have you heard about the statistician
who drowned in a ... 
12/9/2007 
Mathematics in the Real World 
Three students were being given a test to decide who sho... 
12/2/2007 
And the World Wonders Why? 
An international competition recently was held to determ... 
11/25/2007 
No Remedy 
Teacher: "Johnny, why are you scratching your head ... 
11/18/2007 
Go Forth and Multiply! 
When God created all of the animals, she told them to go f... 
11/11/2007 
Harmonious Raffle! 
Some clever mathematics teachers (redundant!) organzied a ... 
11/4/2007 
How Many Verses? 
A mathematician, about to be executed by a firing squad, w... 
10/28/2007 
Announcing a New Best Seller.... 
Book of a Million Random Numbers
(Listed in increasing or... 
10/21/2007 
To Every Math Student's Rescue.... 
The most useful invention in mathematics is Skinner's vari... 
10/14/2007 
The Final Examination of Life 
[1.] (GROUP THEORY) Either (a) give in detail the proof of ... 
10/7/2007 
Fair Share in TupperWear 
The teacher asked, "Tell me, Susie, if I had n... 
9/30/2007 
Higher Mathematics 
"All right, Elroy," the teacher said to the six... 
9/23/2007 
Ready, Aim, Sin! 
Moving to a small rural area, a father took his son to sc... 
9/16/2007 
humor links 
This week's first attempt at humor is a comic, which cast... 
9/9/2007 
Blame Erich, Not Me... 
On his "bountiful" web site, Erich Friedman, math... 
9/2/2007 
Mottos To Live By 
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.... 
8/26/2007 
Mathematical Equations and the Real World 
Engineers think that equations approximate the real world. ... 
6/17/2007 
ThinksoftheWeek 
Things to think about...and then think about again:
I'd k... 
6/10/2007 
Two Groans = One Smile 
TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication o... 
6/3/2007 
Laws of the Natural Universe 
Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated wi... 
5/27/2007 
Double the Pun 
An anagram of Banach Tarski is Banach Tarski Banach Tarski... 
5/20/2007 
Rules For Teachers in the 1880s 
Teachers had rules 120 years ago they had to follow if they... 
5/18/2007 
Some Daffynitions 
Algorithms: A band that features a former Vice President
Asy... 
5/13/2007 
Not Really Humor....But This Is True (i.e. read all the way to the end!).... 
The following listing was taken from a listing on myspace.c... 
5/6/2007 
Unfortunately, This Is True...And It Hurts! 
Dispatcher: Nineoneone, what's the nature of your ca... 
4/29/2007 
Here's 2 U! 
A Mathematician's Toast:
Addition and multiplication to yo... 
4/27/2007 
More Signs of the Times 
More "obvious" mathematical humor in the first sign... 
4/22/2007 
Hungry for Pizza 
In one sense, this is a repeat of some previous humor, but in... 
4/15/2007 
Baaaaad Joke 
What type of mathematics does a sheep do?
Answer: Int... 
4/8/2007 
Relative Understanding 
A mathematician and an engineer attend a lecture by a phy... 
4/1/2007 
Getting in the Rythmn 
Stu Dent kept pestering his classmate Ima Purfact as he w... 
3/25/2007 
SPF 15 
Did you hear about the geometer who went to the beach t... 
3/18/2007 
Warning.... π Leftovers 
Some people (never myself) reach real lows when trying to p... 
3/16/2007 
Q & A jokes 
Question: What did they say to Archimedes before he had a b... 
3/11/2007 
Piece of π Humor ??? 
One never knows (or understands) the humor of marketing man... 
3/4/2007 
Two Types of Mathematicians 
Research has shown that there is a difference between an in... 
2/25/2007 
The Power of Problem Solving Heuristics! 
One day a mathematician, deciding that he is sick of math... 
2/18/2007 
A Dose of Mathematical Medicine 
Mathematics humor can be found everywhere. For example, loc... 
2/11/2007 
Warning: Groan Ahead 
Question: What did the natural log of the 16th primitive ro... 
2/4/2007 
When It Pays to Know Some Calculus 
A slightly deranged mathematician (possibly redundant) ge... 
1/28/2007 
Transitive Property Ala Carte 
Question: Faced with the choice between a ham sandwich an... 
1/21/2007 
Some Limericks 
A graduate student at Trinity
Computed the square of infinit... 
1/20/2007 
Actual Student Statements in a Math Class 
90o is the boiling point of a rightangled triangle
Infini... 
1/14/2007 
Press Release 
Physicists Discover World's Heaviest ElementNearly E... 
1/7/2007 
Our Future 
Old mathematicians never die; they just lose some of thei... 
12/31/2006 
Comparing Professions 
An engineer thinks that his equations are an approximation ... 
12/17/2006 
Top Ten Excuses for Not Doing Math Homework 
1. I accidentally divided by zero and my paper burst in... 
12/10/2006 
Fourier series 
Question: What is the following?
ea,ea,ea,ea, ...
ea,ea... 
12/3/2006 
Theorem: 1 = 1/2 [For "Series"ous Minded Students] 
Proof:
Start with the infinite series 1/(1*3) + 1/(3*5) + 1/... 
11/26/2006 
Thanksgiving Mathematics 
Question: What do you get when you take the circumference... 
11/19/2006 
lottery tax 
I've heard that the government wants to put a tax on the ... 
11/12/2006 
A Literal Interpretation That Says It All! 

11/5/2006 

Three people are in a hotair balloon. Soon, they find ... 
10/29/2006 
Theorem: log(1) = 0 
Proof:
First, by log properties, we know log[(1)2] = 2 * ... 
10/22/2006 
Theorem: 4 = 3 
Proof:
Suppose: a + b = c
This can also be written as:
(... 
10/15/2006 
63% Chance of a Groan 
Question: Did you hear about the statistician who took a Da... 
10/8/2006 
DaffyNition 
Zenophobia: The irrational fear of convergent sequences.
... 
10/1/2006 
Two Plus Two Is Five 
"First and above all he was a logician. At least thirt... 
9/24/2006 
A Question Only Bertrand Russell Could Answer 
Prove or give a counterexample to the following....(Extr... 
9/17/2006 
Ask a Silly Question.... 
Teacher: If I had 50 apples in my right hand and 30 apple... 
9/10/2006 
Math Teachers' "Believe It or Not" Gallery 

9/3/2006 
Mark Parisi works 
Not sure if this will work. Through some Internet browsing,... 
8/27/2006 
Meaning"less" 
Teacher: If you subtract 14 from 116, what's the differen... 
6/25/2006 
Fun Things For Professors to Do on the First Day of Class 
The 20052006 school year is in the books...and now (afte... 
6/18/2006 
calclulus tangent 
Question: Why is it that derivatives can never finish tel... 
6/11/2006 
The Evolution of Teaching Math 
Teaching Math in 1900
Chop down that tree and cut it int... 
6/4/2006 
An Average Shot 
Three statisticians go duck hunting early one Saturday.
... 
5/28/2006 
Piece'a Pizza Please 
While sitting quiety eating pizza in a small Pizza Parlor, I ... 
5/21/2006 
Fraction Soup 
In the local resturant, the head cook hands her apprentic... 
5/14/2006 
The Job Interview 
A large corporation was looking to hire a new VicePresid... 
5/7/2006 
Tom Swifties 
"Six is a special number," Tom said perfectly.
... 
4/30/2006 
Measurementitis 
Two engineers, Rayella and Ray, were standing at the base o... 
4/23/2006 
For Those Who Speak Vectorese 
Question: What do you get when you cross a chicken with a t... 
4/16/2006 
I Give In to All the Requests 
New York. At Kennedy airport today, an individuallater ... 
4/9/2006 
Since Everyone Else is Sharing This........ 

4/2/2006 
fraction fever 
4 out of 3 people have trouble with fractions. 
3/26/2006 
Best If Read Aloud..... 
Two local farmers were walking down the hiking path together.... 
3/19/2006 
It All Adds Up 
The teacher asks her students, "If you had one dollar ... 
3/12/2006 
An Attempt at Some PI Humor 
Ala David Letterman, the Top Ten List of reasons why e is i... 
3/5/2006 
All's Well That Ends QED 
We have all done proofs...and ended them with the acronym QED... 
2/26/2006 
Multiplying Cows 
A local news reporter was interviewing a local rancher for a ... 
2/19/2006 
The Sum of Positive Numbers Is Negative 
Let n = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + .....
Rewrite it as n = 1 + 2[1 + 2 ... 
2/9/2006 
StudentConstructed Valentines 
To celebrate Valentine's Day, a local middle school teacher (... 
2/4/2006 
Ode for Consistent Terminology 
If we have a fraction with a radical in its denominator w... 
1/29/2006 
A Proof One Can Swallow 
Theorem: A BLT sandwich is better than eternal happiness.... 
1/22/2006 
Matthematical Graphitti 
Can you figure these out?
EZ
IIII
DICE
DICE
ECNALG
ME!.... 
1/15/2006 
The Psalm of the Trig Teacher 
He is my teacher; I shall not pass.
He maketh me go to the... 
1/8/2006 
A Student's Guide to Problem Solving 
(Supposedly By: Joe Dodson, WinstonSalem, NC)
Rule 1: If at... 
1/1/2006 
Mathematics as a Religion 
Calvin: You know, I don't think math is a science, I thin... 
12/16/2005 
A Holiday Card From Us to You 
Given: ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Prove: Happy Holidays... 
12/11/2005 
clever decimal 
Question: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in ... 
12/5/2005 
A Calculus Carol 
By Denis Gannon (19401991)
(Sung to the tune of Oh, Christ... 
11/27/2005 
Revisionist Adage 
As for pushy metric proponents, give them 2.54 cm and they'll... 
11/20/2005 
MathEthics 
Ralph: Dad, will you do my math for me tonight?
Dad: N... 
11/13/2005 
The Competition 
As part of a student competition at a local university, a mat... 
11/6/2005 
What Was That? 
There are three kinds of mathematicians, those who can co... 
10/30/2005 
Holiday Confusion 
Question: Why do Computer Scientists and Mathematicians con... 
10/23/2005 
Names for Large Numbers 
Stu Dent was sitting in a plane terminal next to a stranger w... 
10/16/2005 
Neighborhood Watch 
A statistician, a biologist, and a mathematician are all reti... 
10/9/2005 
New Units of Measure 
1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
Time it takes to ... 
10/2/2005 
The Geometry of Politics 
Question: What political statement is made by the angles of ... 
9/25/2005 
An Oldie 
Question: Why is six afraid of seven?
Answer: Because....cou... 
9/18/2005 
The "Groan" Elephant 
Question: Why does an elephant wear tennies?
Answer: Becau... 
9/11/2005 
A Knight to Remember 
Question: Why did the landlord hire Lancelot of King Arthur... 
9/4/2005 
A Sign It Will Be A Long Year 
It is a new school year, and the teacher is trying to g... 
8/28/2005 
Moebius Chicken 
Question: Why did the chicken cross the Moebius Strip? ... 
8/21/2005 
The Harmonic Lottery 
To raise funds for a scholarship, a mathematician organizes... 
8/14/2005 
Math Lecture Terms 
Definitions of Terms Commonly Used in Mathematics Lectu... 
8/7/2005 
Interesting Numbers 
Theorem: All positive integers are interesting.
Pr... 
7/31/2005 
Complex Number 
The number you have dialed is imaginary. Please rotate... 
7/24/2005 
Numbers In Use 
Polly Dent used to live at 600 Euclid Avenue.
Now she live... 