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Howlers Out of the Mouths of Actual Math Students--Part II

A curve is the longest distance between two points.

An angle is a triangle with only two sides.

A polygon is a dead parrot.

An average is a thing that hens lay their eggs on--for example, "My hens lay four eggs a week on the average."

A circle is a round straight line with a hole in the middle.

If one angle of a triangle is more than 90 degrees, the triangle is obscene.

A polygon with seven sides is a hooligan.

The circle passing through the vertices of a triangle is called the circumcised circle.

The circular points at infinity are called Isaac and Jacob.

The basic postulates of geometry are a pencil, a ruler, and a eraser.

Source: Desmond MacHale's Comic Sections, 1993, pp. 73-74