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Lest there be any confusion as to whether or not I am a math geek

File under: This One Time, At Mathcamp. Posted by Moebius Stripper at 2:12 pm.

Here’s the joke circulating at camp right now:

Q: What did the natural log of the 16th primitive root of unity say after the pie was gone?
A: I overate.

Because the sixteenth primitive root of unity is e^(pi*i/8), and its natural log is pi*i/8, and when the pi is gone, that’s i/8…I overate…get it?

Well, we think it’s funny.


  1. My gosh. I actually understood that joke, and found it funny :-)

    - rohan — 7/23/2004 @ 5:57 am

  2. I understood and knew the answer, but I didn’t find it funny. sorry :P

    - Jen — 7/23/2004 @ 7:04 pm

  3. Okay, that’s too involved.

    I still prefer the one about Cauchy’s dog leaving a residue at every pole.

    - meep — 7/24/2004 @ 1:28 pm

  4. You know, if you’re going to criticize me every time I tell stupid jokes, then I’m just not going to tell stupid jokes anymore.

    - Moebius Stripper — 7/24/2004 @ 2:51 pm

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