Mathematical
Puns and Other Oddities
Collected by Mario O. Bourgoin
Twenty Four Pigs In Four
Pigpens
You are given twenty four pigs, and four pigpens laid out in a circle. You
are asked to place the pigs in the pigpens such that as you walk around the
pigpens, the number of pigs in the next pigpen is closer to ten than the
number of pigs in the previous pigpen. Answer
The Missing Dollar
Three friends rent a $30 room, each one paying $10. Later, the innkeeper
finally understands their explanation of the difference between cardinal and
ordinal exponentiation and decides to only charge them $25. The bellboy
carrying the $5 refund decides to keep $2 for himself; the friends get $3
back, so each one takes $1. Each one paid $9, then. Now three times $9 is
$27; plus $2 the bellboy took is $29. Where is the missing dollar? Answer
Can God Make A Rock Too Big
For Him To Lift?
The first requirement is negated by the second leaving you with nothing. And
as everyone knows 'nothing is impossible to God'.
Alexander, The Great
General, Had An Infinite Number Of Arms
Alexander was a great general. Great generals are forewarned. Forewarned is
forearmed. Now, four is an odd number of arms for a general to have. Four is
also an even number. And the only number that is both odd and even is
infinity. Therefore, Alexander, the great general, had an infinite number of
arms.
All Horses Are Of The Same
Color, By Induction
Consider a set with one horse: clearly all its members are of the same color.
That's the base case. Assume that all sets of N horses are of the same
color, and consider sets with N+1 horses. If one horse is removed from
that set, then all remaining horses have the same color, by the induction
assumption. Put the horse back and remove a different horse. Once again, we
have a set of horses all the same color, obviously the very color found in
the previous set since there are horses in common between the sets.
Therefore, by induction, all horses are of the same color.
Speaking of Horses, They
Also Have An Infinite Number Of Legs
Horses have hindlegs. They also have forelegs, which makes six legs. Now, six
is an odd number of legs for a horse to have. Six is also an even number. And
the only number that is both odd and even is infinity. Therefore, horses have
an infinite number of legs.
Pie Are Square?
Pie are not square.
Pie are round.
Cornbread are square!
© 2010 Mario O. Bourgoin
