This One Took Me a Minute…


From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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J@m3z Aitch is a two-bit college professor who'd rather be canoeing.
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6 Responses to This One Took Me a Minute…

  1. Dr. X says:

    Took me a minute too. That’s pretty funny.

  2. Johanna says:

    I showed this to Fritz and watched and waited until he got it and burst out laughing.

  3. Lance says:

    In my pre-calc course I point out that we humans are obsessed with the number ten. It is the basis of our “decimal” numeral system and we constantly divide our world into chunks of ten, “top ten” “I’ll count to ten…” etc.

    Of course this is because we have ten digits at the end of our arms.

    If octopuses ever develop complex mathematics it will no doubt be based on the number eight. If David Letterman were one of these wily mollusks he would no doubt have a featured “Top Eight” list.

  4. AMW says:

    Of course this is because we have ten digits at the end of our arms.
    Okay, smart guy, why are we so enamored with three?

  5. Lance says:

    Okay, smart guy, why are we so enamored with three?

    Good question. I googled it and got a bunch of quasi-spiritual psychobabble. It is the first prime number and shows up early in the Fibonacci series but as far as being an important number in the natural world three is a dud.

    The Greeks and Romans didn’t seem to give a drachma or denarius about the number three. The Greeks were much more enamored, for good reason, with pi. Which is (cue the deep voiced and echoed announcer) a fundamental constant of the universe!

    In our culture the importance of the number three is no doubt a vestige of Christian iconography. The trinity being the most obvious example. Jesus (cue spooky music) rose from the dead on the third day after being crucified with three nails in a group of three crosses.

    It turns out that 7 and 8 are also imbued with magic powers by some cultures.

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