This one comes from the geek subreddit where user dzudz writes about his biggest “But you’re wrong! You have to believe me!” moment (only counting topics that are scientifically proven to be wrong, nothing up to interpretation):
“Oh god. This one still pains me. In a trivia contest with some of my co-workers, one of the questions was “What is pi to 5 decimal places?”. Easy – I immediately wrote 3.14159 on our answer sheet. Next question.
This is where it gets ugly. One member of our team was the ex-boss
of the company, an old loud guy used to getting his way. He scrubs out
my answer and imperiously announces that pi is 22 over 7, thank you very much.
I start to explain that this is not right, but ALL of my co-workers
have already whipped out their mobile phones and are dividing 22 by 7.
ALL OF THEM.
I try to explain that 22/7 is an approximation that you give to
young students to help them practice fractions, but to no avail. I even
resort to the “I teach maths and am way smarter than you” tactic but it
fails. Somebody writes down what 22/7 is, the ex-boss is smiling
triumphantly at me, and my horror is complete.
Postscript: To demonstrate his superiority, ex-boss then ‘overrules’
every answer I provide for the rest of the night in a similar fashion,
to the awe and accolades of the rest of the team, and we finish a
predictable dead last.”
Check out more of Mike Gioia’s comic at myapokalips.com, though this seems to be the only math related one.
The above (and below) comic was created by Chao Xu (许超), he’s not just Asian but RadiAsian! Check out his blog (mgccl.com) for more fun stuff.
Saw this joke on the xkcd forums today posed by Pippin:
Two of my friends in math class today:
“Dude, our slope is so undefined!”
“Straight up, bro.”
Spoiler hint: What is the slope of a horizontal straight line?
Another one from that forum:
Why don’t jokes work in base 8?
Because 7 10 11.
This was posted by ooglag on Reddit who says it’s from John Zelle’s Python Programming, although it’s pretty common in other text books as well. It also reminds me of google:
is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the
TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the
talk of their lives in 18 minutes… TED stands for Technology,
Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as
science, business, development and the arts.”
In the video above… “Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make
all knowledge computational — able to be searched, processed and
manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal
than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.“