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#1 2006-10-08 00:50:31

Devantè
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The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

A mathematician, a physicist and an engineer went again to the races and laid their money down. Commiserating in the bar after the race, the engineer says, "I don't understand why I lost all my money. I measured all the horses and calculated their strength and mechanical advantage and figured out how fast they could run..."

The physicist interrupted him: "...but you didn't take individual variations into account. I did a statistical analysis of their previous performances and bet on the horses with the highest probability of winning..."

"...so if you're so hot why are you broke?" asked the engineer. But before the argument can grow, the mathematician takes out his pipe and they get a glimpse of his well-fattened wallet. Obviously here was a man who knows something about horses. They both demanded to know his secret.

"Well," he says, "first I assumed all the horses were identical and spherical..."

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#2 2006-10-12 09:30:25

holla
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

that was dumb! it wasn't even funny...how do you critique others' jokes if yours are even worse?

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#3 2006-10-12 09:39:14

justlookingforthemoment
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

Hi, and welcome to the forum.

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#4 2006-10-12 10:01:32

holla
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

thank, man!
i really appreciate the welcome!  that is super cool of you! cool

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#5 2006-10-12 10:13:06

justlookingforthemoment
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

Thanks, holla. wink

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#6 2006-10-13 05:21:32

holla
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

no probs, thank you! that's a cool avatar you got there too!

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#7 2006-10-13 09:17:46

All_Is_Number
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

These guys just have no sense of humor, Devante. I thought it was pretty funny. Well, maybe not pretty funny, but not as bad as they made it out to be.


You can shear a sheep many times but skin him only once.

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#8 2006-10-13 19:53:01

WiZaRd
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

Yeah A GooD Point


Be Happy!

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#9 2006-10-14 13:06:26

holla
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

okay if you're that sensitive..

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#10 2006-11-24 09:19:32

rida
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

holla you know any of us can report you.


Dreams don't come true, you gotta make them come true.

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#11 2006-11-24 12:55:55

Zach
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

Devante wrote:

If you're going to insult or be negative towards me in every thread, then don't even bother.

Devante wrote:

Technically, this joke has been re-written millions upon millons of times - At first, a long time ago, it was funny. In this modern day and age, however, the same 'replica' of the joke has turned up again, but this time, not as funny.

Devante wrote:

]Relating back to the joke again:

Who - or rather what - is 'Tobi'?

...

Actually, no, I'm not interested in that...

But thanks for telling me what a 'Tobi' is.

Devante wrote:

Sorry, but that's not really funny, and I don't get it. Think about how funny a joke is before you post one - Could you tell me why this is funny, please?

We all love hypocrisy.


Boy let me tell you what:
I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a fiddle player too.
And if you'd care to take a dare, I'll make a bet with you.

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#12 2006-11-24 13:12:57

mathsyperson
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

But not as much as we all love Zach. kiss


Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#13 2006-11-24 16:46:54

Ricky
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

To everyone:

People may say things that insult you.  Ignore them.  As the saying goes:

"Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter."

In my opinion, someone who insults others for telling a bad joke, even if the joke is in fact bad, is not worth a second thought.

But with all honesty, I liked the joke Devante.


"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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#14 2006-11-24 20:27:57

Devantè
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

It's good to state your opinions about something (although not all the time). Insulting at the same time, however, is something completely different.

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#15 2006-12-13 12:52:55

jellyjumper
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

can't we stop fighting about a joke

Last edited by jellyjumper (2006-12-13 12:54:22)

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#16 2006-12-13 13:26:10

Zhylliolom
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Re: The Mathematician, the Physicist, and the Engineer

I had an entertaining mechanics professor who could often refer to objects in a problem as spherical horses. For some reason it cracked me up. There's something special about a spherical horse drowning in glycerol while we do some fluid mechanics problems.

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