20210813, 04:51  #1134 
Romulan Interpreter
"name field"
Jun 2011
Thailand
9,787 Posts 
John and Bill, math teachers, have lunch at a restaurant discussing the level of mathematical knowledge of the general population. John is of the opinion that the level of these knowledge is very, very low and that something needs to be done in this sense, while Bill considers that the level is absolute satisfactory, that the common man knows even more mathematics than he needs.
At one point, John goes to the bathroom and Bill thinks it's time to take advantage of this situation. So he calls the waitress and says: "Miss, I'll give you a hundred bucks if you help me in one little problem". "Sure, say it". "When my friend comes back from the bathroom, I'll ask you one question. It's going to sound weird, but don't worry, just answer 'x to the 3rd power divided by 3'. Do you think you can help me?" "Sure, no problem". He gives her a hundred and the girl leaves satisfied. John returns from the bathroom and Bill tells him: "Look, to prove you I am right, I'll give you an example. Let's take an ordinary person, for example the waitress who serves us, and let's ask how much is the integral of x square. I bet you two hundred bucks that she knows the answer". "Get out of here, be serious, let's try to give her some easier arithmetic calculations, how can she know what's the integral of x square? ..." "I say she knows. Do we bet on two hundreds?" "It's done, I'm telling you from now on that I won the bet," John says. Bill calls the waitress and says: "Miss, my friend and I had a little discussion and you would be very helpful if you could answer a question. Can you tell us how much is the integral of x square?" "x at 3rd power divided by 3", the girl answers very calmly. John looks at the waitress in amazement, while Bill looks at him triumphant. After a few seconds the girl continues: "Plus a constant." Last fiddled with by LaurV on 20210813 at 04:51 
20210813, 15:21  #1135 
Jul 2003
wear a mask
7×13×19 Posts 

20210813, 20:21  #1136 
"TF79LL86GIMPS96gpu17"
Mar 2017
US midwest
3×1,933 Posts 
Obviously the restaurant is located in a college town where they don't pay their TAs enough, or in a nearby resort town where TAs can make more in the summer as waitstaff.

20210813, 20:41  #1137 
"Tilman Neumann"
Jan 2016
Germany
11·43 Posts 

20210814, 03:28  #1138 
May 2018
194_{10} Posts 

20210814, 04:59  #1139 
May 2018
11000010_{2} Posts 
The rabbit was sitting in front of a cave and was writing something. The fox spotted the rabbit and asked what is the writing all about. The rabbit replied that the writing is the research methodology of a master's thesis on applied game theory entitled “How rabbits can eat foxes.” The fox got angry, snatched the rabbit and went into the cave. Soon after, the rabbit went out and continued writing. The same thing happened to the wolf and then to the bear while the rabbit was modifying the thesis title to “How rabbits can eat wolves” and “How rabbits can eat bears.”
Spoiler alert! While the rabbit was writing, the lion was laying inside the cave with a toothpick in its mouth. A lesson learnt is that sometimes it is more important who is one's research supervisor rather than what one writes. 
20210815, 10:51  #1140 
Romulan Interpreter
"name field"
Jun 2011
Thailand
263B_{16} Posts 
It may be old and dumb, but it was new for us, and we laugh a lot for a while. The guy could ask first, and save a hundred bucks, but we guess there is something with men and asking, haha. This is also a "karma is a bitch" joke, as well as "you are all hypocrite/misogyn/sexist/whatever, except me" joke, because, while the guy was arguing for the level of education of the people, he believed that the girl serving them was stupid, which turned back on him. We think this is a very good joke, not dumb  so we took the time and effort to translate it  someone sent it to us in Romanian language. It may only be us... We also imagine the possible continuation, John asking "how do you know that?" "Oh, he told me to say so, when you were to the restroom", then Bill is ashamed and a hundred dollars poorer, hahaha. When you believe you are cleverer than the people around you (i.e. underestimating your adversary )
Last fiddled with by LaurV on 20210815 at 12:02 
20210815, 12:52  #1141  
Feb 2017
Nowhere
1382_{16} Posts 
Quote:
Having heard this joke, I brought it to life one evening when the janitor was making his rounds in the building where I and some other graduate teaching assistants had their offices. One of them had an indefinite integral written on the blackboard in his office (probably explaining something to a student), but had failed to include the constant of integration. I had the janitor write in " + C" with a message pointing out the omission. There is a sequel. This janitor often lamented his ineptitude at math, saying things like, "I couldn't pass a math test to save my life." One day, I proved to him that he understood things better than some of my students did. One of my students in some "math for business majors" course had been in my office complaining about me taking points off his solution to an exam question. He'd gotten the right answer, after all. But he'd done something completely invalid, and the answer was only right through happenstance. I tried to explain. I wrote on the blackboard x^{2} = 25 and then "solved" it by "canceling" the twos: x^{2} = 25 The student looked at it and said, "Uh, x = 5  yeah, that's right. So?" That evening I showed the same thing to the janitor. He looked at it for some seconds. Then his eyes widened and he said, "Wait a minute! You can't do that!" 

20210815, 13:01  #1142 
Undefined
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
6,287 Posts 

20210820, 15:36  #1143 
Undefined
"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
1100010001111_{2} Posts 
A pedant walks into a bar. Actually, it's a restaurant with a bar. More precisely it's a brewpub since it has an onsite microbrewery. But be aware that there is often different terminology used in other languages or locations.

20210820, 16:12  #1144 
6809 > 6502
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Aug 2003
101×103 Posts
17·19·31 Posts 
To be clear, they are infirmed, so it is more of a shuffle. And they are using a walking frame. They were accompanied by a caretaker. They used the entrance from the rear car park, so they actually went through the hallway first. And they got winded before getting to the end of the hallway, so they sat on the fold down seat on the walking frame before actually entering the dining area.

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