The problem with most jokes is that they don’t seem funny to normal people. Most of the mathematical jokes make fun of our pattern of thinking and at the same time the patterns of other scientists:
A mathematician, a physicist, and a biologist were travelling through
"Aha," says the biologist, "I see that Scottish sheep are black."
"Hmm," says the physicist, "You mean that some Scottish sheep are black."
"No," says the mathematician, "All we know is that there is at least one sheep in
[very widely known, quote from http://www.mathematik.uni-ulm.de/~melzer/math.html]
I have found myself thinking like that sometimes. My reasoning is just not very widely accepted, not even among family members. The following have also some sad truth in them:
Life is complex. It has real and imaginary components.
To a mathematician, real life is a special case.
If you are thinking the same, you may test yourself:
You Might Be a Mathematician if...
You know ten ways to prove Pythagoras' Theorem.
Your telephone number is the sum of two prime numbers.
[quotes from http://www.workjoke.com/]
I was thrilled!
The following has a note that the source is unknown. I have read equivalent jokes in Finnish and the sad thing is that this is so true; at least here:
1960's Arithmetic test:
"A logger cuts and sells a truck load of lumber for $100. His cost of production is four-fiths of that amount.
What is his profit?"
70's New Math test:
"A logger exchanges a set (L) of lumber for a set (M) of money. The cardinality of set M is 100. The set C of production costs contains 20 fewer points.
What is the cardinality of set P of profits?"
80's education reform version:
"A logger cuts and sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost is $80, and his profit is $20.
Find and circle the number 20."
"An unenlightened logger cuts down a beautiful stand of 100 old growth trees in order to make a $20 profit.
Write an essay explaining how you feel about this as a way of making money.
Topic for discussion: How did the forest birds and squirrels feel?"
[quote from http://golum.riv.csu.edu.au/~sbuckley/maths/]