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Best 404 Ever! * Humourous Thread*

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. :)

Note by Raj Magesh
3 years, 2 months ago

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Without geometry, life would not have a point. Sharky Kesa · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Sharky Kesa heheheh Peter Taylor Staff · 3 years, 2 months ago

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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:

Why does 6 fear 7?

Because 7, 8, 9

:P Peter Taylor Staff · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Peter Taylor You broke the link; I would not recommend you to become a knot theorist. Cody Johnson · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Peter Taylor 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. Daniel Liu · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Daniel Liu I would go with "Much like the solutions of this polynomial, this page is imaginary." Calvin Lin Staff · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Calvin Lin Ah yes, that makes a lot more sense :) Daniel Liu · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Calvin Lin Can you please send me that brilliant logo :D Because everytime i download it , it becomes too small -.- I want to make it desktop wallpaper :D Sherif Elmaghraby · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Daniel Liu This is hilarious Yan Yau Cheng · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Peter Taylor I see that 404 is also a palindrome in base -31. :P Daniel Liu · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Peter Taylor There should be something interesting for \(404.\) Nothing insanely difficult, but something. Trevor B. · 3 years, 2 months ago

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

Does that work? Daniel Liu · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Daniel Liu That's great! Trevor B. · 3 years, 2 months ago

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@Daniel Liu hahhahahahha nice :D Sherif Elmaghraby · 3 years, 2 months ago

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Know your limits. Don't drink and derive. Hahn Lheem · 3 years, 2 months ago

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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". Josh Rowley · 3 years, 2 months ago

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I made this problem about \(20\) minutes ago. Trevor B. · 3 years, 2 months 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." Jacob Erickson · 3 years, 2 months ago

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