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These comic attempts are intended for a very narrow audience (complexity scientists (which are not the same as scientists with complexes)), so don’t be surprised if you don’t find them funny… (they are silly anyway)

From Complex Humour

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Dating at Stanford

I originally intended to complete my post related to Game Theory + Swarm Intelligence. However, I see that I am not really in the mood for Maths just now.

I’d rather put up a PHD comics strip that cracks me up whenever I come across it. I happened to come across it in the morning and I decided to put it up. ;)

Originally published 2/2/1998, the copyright rests with the rightful owners and publisher.

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A couple of years back when i was in the process of shock recovery. I used to have a 30 page-long collection of nerdy jokes. Sadly, I lost that book one Diwali .

Those jokes went on their way to ethernity, and from that long list, I can only recall one joke word to word:

The phosphor CRT monitor is always greener on the other side.

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10 Mathematical Jokes

Via the geeky page of Professor Erich Friedman. Here is a hilarious list. The first i have already accidentally mentioned in a previous post.

  • Q: Why did the mathematician name his dog “Cauchy”?
    A: Because he left a residue at every pole.
  • Q: What’s sado-masochism?
    A: The standard deviation of the mean.
  • Q: What do you get when you cross an elephant and a grape?
    A: I dunno, but its magnitude is Elephant, grape, sin theta.
  • Q: What do you get when you cross a mountain climber with a grape?
    A: You can’t. A mountain climber is a scaler.
  • Q: What do farmers study in trigonometry?
    A: Swine and cow-swine.
  • Q: What’s the contour integral around Western Europe?
    A: Zero, because all the Poles are in Eastern Europe.
  • Q: How many numerical analysts does it take to screw in a light bulb?
    A: 0.9973 after the first three iterations.
  • Q: How many statisticians does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Two plus or minus three.
  • Q: How many applied mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    A: One, who gives it to two statisticians, thereby reducing it to an earlier riddle.
  • Q: How many topologists does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: It really doesn’t matter, since they’d rather knot.

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Here is a very nerdy joke. I don’t know the source for it. If you do kindly let me know.

This is one of the best jokes that i know of on a mathematical theorem.

Q. Why did the mathematician name his dog Cauchy?

A. Because it left a residue at every pole.

Ha Ha :D

For those not familiar with Cauchy’s Residue Theorem, have a look here.

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In his blog, Mark Chu-Carroll puts up a rather funny question.

Collective nouns are cool and funny. Some of them are straightforward: a herd of cows, a pack of wolves. Some are goofy: a wake of vultures, a destruction of cats (that’s north american wildcats), an ostentation of peacocks. And there are some fascinating ones: a parliament of ravens, an exaltation of larks.

I don’t know of any good collective noun for a bunch of geeks. But I think we need one! So what should it be?

Some of the responses were hilarious.

Some responses included:

  • A computation of geeks.
  • A parallel of geeks.
  • GEEK geek[MAX_GEEK];
  • A Set of Geeks.
  • it’s a hash of geeks ?
  • I think it depends on the reason for which the geeks are meeting, or the type of geeks that they are. Computer geeks could form arrays, while DnD nerds form parties. Physics geeks might be galaxies, and Chemists condensates, and biologists populations. A sentence of Linguists.What can be geekier than a specific qualifying collective noun?
  • Geek[] geeks;
  • A googleplex of geeks!

Some responses as i said have been hilarious! What do you think is the proper collective noun? ;)

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C isn’t that hard!

Here is a joke that i had taken down some years back. I do not know the exact source for it!

C isn’t that hard: void (*(*f[])())() defines f as an array of unspecified size, of pointers to functions that return pointers to functions that return void.

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