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A mathematical joke and a poll. [Jun. 1st, 2010|05:36 pm]
Douglas Spencer
Help me out here.

Poll #1572893 Mathematical Joke

Q. How do you do infinite recursion? -- A. First you do recursion once, then you do infinite recursion.

This joke is quite funny.
This joke is not funny at all.
I do not understand this joke.

[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2010-06-01 04:47 pm (UTC)
I understand it, I just think it isn't actually funny. Mildly amusing, perhaps.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2010-06-01 05:03 pm (UTC)
I agree with bopeepsheep.

Mildly amusing at best.

Not much better as
"first you do recursion once, then you keep doing recursion until you've done it an infinite number of times"

How about "you do this once, and then you keep doing it until this joke is funny" ;-)
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[User Picture]From: peteyoung
2010-06-01 05:19 pm (UTC)
How about "you do this once, and then you keep doing it until this joke is funny"

Ah, that's infinitely better.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-06-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
"(a)Recurse once (b) see (a).
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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2010-06-01 05:46 pm (UTC)
Dictionary definition of recursion: "See recursion"
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2010-06-01 06:46 pm (UTC)
That's *much* funnier.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-06-01 06:57 pm (UTC)
Backward recursion: see forward recursion.
Forward recursion: see backward recursion.
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[User Picture]From: hazeii
2010-06-01 09:45 pm (UTC)
Indeed; the hacker version - 'spect those who know it will vote B, those who don't will vote A.

Now to go look at the poll results...
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[User Picture]From: bohemiancoast
2010-06-02 08:20 am (UTC)
Actually, this joke appears to divide the people who might be expected to understand it. I don't think it's as funny as "Recursion: see recursion", and I think it's a great deal less funny than the joke about the family of snakes.
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2010-06-01 06:53 pm (UTC)
My answer is somewhere between A and B, which I suspect means it's really C.
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