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#1 2009-12-17 16:39:04

Identity
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Registered: 2007-04-18
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mathematicians and air balloons

Three men are in a hot-air balloon. Soon, they find themselves lost in a canyon somewhere. One of the three men says, "I've got
an idea. We can call for help in this canyon and the echo will carry our voices far."
So he leans over the basket and yells out, "Helllloooooo! Where are we?" (They hear the echo several times).

15 minutes later, they hear this echoing voice: "Helllloooooo! You're lost!!"

One of the men says, "That must have been a mathematician."
Puzzled, one of the other men asks, "Why do you say that?" The
reply: "For three reasons.
(1) he took a long time to answer,
(2) he was absolutely correct, and
(3) his answer was absolutely useless."

roflol

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#2 2009-12-17 17:32:30

MathsIsFun
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Re: mathematicians and air balloons

That's funny ... because I have a reputation for answers like that.

"Have you seen Martin?"
"Yes, I have."


"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

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#3 2009-12-18 12:46:17

Tigeree
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Registered: 2005-11-19
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Re: mathematicians and air balloons

Good one, Identity! Makes total sense, to me. I have a feeling I should do that more often, just for a laugh. But I always have this thing of being too helpful.


People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
~ Anton Chekhov
Cheer up, emo kid.

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#4 2009-12-18 16:08:14

bobbym
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Registered: 2009-04-12
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Re: mathematicians and air balloons

Hi;

MathsisFun wrote:

"Have you seen Martin?"
"Yes, I have."

Here is one pulled on me.

Walking up to a lady behind a counter in a big department store.

"Maam, where can I buy some 22's."
"In the camera dept."
"Thank you"

After walking around the store and asking directions. I come back to that same lady.

"Can I please have 2 boxes?"
" Yes."

Paid her and left.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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