So freaking old.
So freaking old.
good ole calculus
Poor rip-off of an old joke and written terribly. Also the way this version is written is inconsistent and confused.
Even the +C can elude the greatest ones.
Whoa. Joke took a turn for the really not funny.
Which one is the cynic? "Surprisingly high" (relative to the countries in the lowest percentile) is a cynical thing to say. "Woefully inadequate" (relative to other industrialized countries) is not.
haha.... that's funny.. do read it.
plus a constant. Everybody forgets that.
From the page: "Two mathematicians were having dinner in a restaurant, arguing about the average mathematical knowledge of the American public. One mathematician claimed that this average was woefully inadequate, the other maintained that it was surprisingly high.
"I'll tell you what," said the cynic. "Ask that waitress a simple math question. If she gets it right, I'll pick up dinner. If not, you do." He then excused himself to visit the men's room, and the other called the waitress over.
"When my friend comes back," he told her, "I'm going to ask you a question, and I want you to respond `one-third x cubed.' There's twenty bucks in it for you." She agreed.
The cynic returned from the bathroom and called the waitress over. "The food was wonderful, thank you," the mathematician started. "Incidentally, do you know what the integral of x squared is?"
The waitress looked pensive; almost pained. She looked around the room, at her feet, made gurgling noises, and finally said, "Um, one-third x cubed?"
So the cynic paid the check. The waitress wheeled around, walked a few paces away, looked back at the two men, and muttered under her breath, "...plus a constant." "
Almost gets it -- the pacing is kind of bad, but the structure of this would be a good joke. She should deliver the punchline while making eye-contact with the first mathematician -- as she takes the $20 -- ie his arrogance cost him $20, he could have just asked.