It’s day three of Pi week! With 3.14 being Pi day (can you imagine how cool Pi day in 2015 will be?!) we are celebrating circles and pi, marveling in the way that God has tucked a piece of infinity all around us. Day one set the tone with some pi music and Day two highlighted the wittiness of pi. Today we salute the lighter side with some knee slapping jokes! (OK, and maybe one or two groaners :))
Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin pi.
Q: What do you get when you take a bovine and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Cow pi.
Q: What do you get when you take green cheese and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Moon pi.
Q:What do you get when you take a native Alaskan and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Eskimo pi.
Q:What do you get when you take the sun and divide its circumference by its diameter?
A: Pi in the sky.
Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a bowl of ice cream by its diameter?
A: Pi a la mode.
Mathematician: Pi r squared
Baker: No! Pie are round, cake are square!
How about this one:
In Alaska, where it gets very cold, pi is only 3.00. As you know, everything shrinks in the cold. They call it Eskimo pi.
And for all you engineers:
A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are all given identical rubber balls and told to find the volume. They are given anything they want to measure it, and have all the time they need.
The mathematician pulls out a measuring tape and records the circumference. He then divides by two times pi to get the radius, cubes that, multiplies by pi again, and then multiplies by four-thirds and thereby calculates the volume.
The physicist gets a bucket of water, places 1.00000 gallons of water in the bucket, drops in the ball, and measures the displacement to six significant figures.
And the engineer? He writes down the serial number of the ball, and looks it up.
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Until tomorrow, :) Amy
Love the jokes (some new, some not so)! Love the last one about the mathematician, physicist, and engineer. As an engineer (by degree) that’s how we were taught to roll…but I also love the water displacement method, which is made easier if the ball sinks. :)
I know there are quite a few engineers that are a part of the messy middle :) … and knew y’all’d like that one!
Becky Amundson says
my favorite part of this post was in a part that i don’t think was meant to be a joke… “Math jokes- if you get them, you probably don’t have any friends.” ha! oh how that made me laugh as only a math nerd would laugh at the reality of such a thing. :)
I know! I have something similar to that as a magnet, and it makes me smile each time I get something out of the freezer. But many don’t get it :)
katina vaselopulos says
Amy, Did you write the jokes or did you find them somewhere!
I love the line about math geeks not having friends.
I am not a physicist, but since Archemedes was my “grandfather” I would choose the bucket as well.
Probably a Greek mathematician wrote the conversion formula from circumference to volume as well, but unfortunately I did not get his genes. He,he!
All the best Amy!
Being the daughter of two engineers, I laughed pretty hard on that one.
Being a granddaughter, daughter, sister, and sister-in-law, I did too :)
Mark Allman says
I am an engineer. We would have first asked why do we need to know that answer. If given a reasonable response we would have checked records to see if we had already calculated that some other time or found the answer and recorded it. Next we would be looking for some formula where all we had to do it stick one number in and the formula or program would do the work. Of course if we could look it up we would. We might sit down and write down the answers for balls that are near in size to the current one so if the question comes up again for that ball or one similar we will be ready. We would then file the information where we could find it readily. Of course if we could commit it to memory we would try that just to impress the next time it comes up on Jeopardy.
This is why I love engineers!