Oh, Brilliant, you never cease to amuse me!

On the other hand, if any of you know of other (terrible!) mathematical puns/jokes, feel free to share them!

I'll start with a classic:

What did the zero say to the eight?
*"Nice belt..."*

*Note: I hope this post does not contravene any Brilliant guidelines, considering its admittedly loose connection to math/physics... If it does, I'd be glad to take it down. :)

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`*italics*`

or`_italics_`

italics`**bold**`

or`__bold__`

boldNote: you must add a full line of space before and after lists for them to show up correctlyparagraph 1

paragraph 2

`[example link](https://brilliant.org)`

`> This is a quote`

Remember to wrap math in \( ... \) or \[ ... \] to ensure proper formatting.`2 \times 3`

`2^{34}`

`a_{i-1}`

`\frac{2}{3}`

`\sqrt{2}`

`\sum_{i=1}^3`

`\sin \theta`

`\boxed{123}`

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TopNewestWithout geometry, life would not have a point.

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heheheh

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Raj we sincerely strive to ceaselessly amuse. It is usually safe to assume that on Brilliant people will enjoy decent humor.

If anybody has any better ideas for good error pages, we would happily take suggestions.

As far as bad math puns go, I am fond of:

:P

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You broke the link; I would not recommend you to become a knot theorist.

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Some ideas:

Plot the graph x^2+1 and say:

Much like the solutions of this polynomial, this page is imaginary.

Plot the graph \(f(x)=1/x\) and say:

Much like \(\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow 0}f(x)\), this page is undefined.

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I would go with "Much like the solutions of this polynomial, this page is imaginary."

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This is hilarious

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I see that 404 is also a palindrome in base -31. :P

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There should be something interesting for \(404.\) Nothing insanely difficult, but something.

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Error \(\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow 1}\dfrac{4x^{101}-4}{x-1}\)

Does that work?

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Know your limits. Don't drink and derive.

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This is not a pun but is my favourite joke which so aptly describes pure mathematicians. A biologist, a physicist and a mathematician are sat in a cafe opposite a house. They observe 1 person enter the house and 2 exit it. The biologist says "They must have reproduced". The physicist says "There must have been an error with the observations". The mathematician says "If one more person enters the house it wil be empty".

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I made this problem about \(20\) minutes ago.

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I like this one, from complex analysis.

"Why did the mathematician name his dog Cauchy? Because, when they moved along a path, the dog left a residue at every pole." :P

And then, there's a plethora of (mostly inappropriate) category theory jokes about functors. One appropriate such joke, without functors, is illustrated beautifully here by mathematician Courtney Gibbons, also known as "Brown Sharpie."

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