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Proof of concept [Aug. 27th, 2006|11:17 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I've just told someone a joke that could only possibly be funny to other mathematicians.

Now, some unstructured and valueless research is called for. First the data collection phase:

Poll #808170 Jokes which are only funny to a few people

Please tell me a joke that could only possibly be funny to those familiar with [insert discipline of choice].

Please be so good as to tell me what you'd have to know for this joke to be funny.

Please tick this box so that others can see how many people have answered thus far.

Tick!
17(100.0%)


In a couple of days, I'll do another poll with these jokes and "Did you get it?" ticky boxes.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2006-08-27 10:22 pm (UTC)
Bah. I was *so* about to send an email saying 'you don't want him to explain the joke... really....'
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-08-27 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm now very tempted to tell another joke, but if I do I think she'll be short with me.
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[User Picture]From: steverogerson
2006-08-27 10:24 pm (UTC)
What was the maths joke?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-08-27 10:27 pm (UTC)
You'll find out when I do the second poll.
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[User Picture]From: captainlucy
2006-08-27 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm just wondering how many times people will write the joke I just told...
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2006-08-28 07:57 am (UTC)
You need to grab Richard when you next see us and ask to see the text of Ian Stewart's 'Mathematics of Discworld' lecture. (Several people enjoyed it so much that Ian kindly emailed them a copy of his slides for the lecture)

It is chock full of jokes that only a mathematician will get and some of them are excruciatingly funny. They're pitched really high. Richard and Henry spotted some that went over my head.

It's essentially a long argument that starts with the known fact that light moves very slowly in Discworld and attempts to work out the speed of twilight.
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[User Picture]From: i_ate_my_crusts
2006-08-28 10:58 am (UTC)
Now I'm trying desperately to think of jokes that only a microbial geneticist would get.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2006-08-28 07:48 pm (UTC)
Would they be dirty jokes?
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2006-08-30 01:16 pm (UTC)
Bah. Due to not-concentratingness I have failed to tell you the joke. I'll have to email it.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-08-30 01:40 pm (UTC)
You can always click on "View Answers" or "Poll #..." and then on "Fill out Poll" to have another go.

But I've got your email. Thank you.
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