# Interesting pics

#### Evgeny.Makarov

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Here is another one.

#### topsquark

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I want this textbook.

-Dan

i dont get it

#### Bacterius

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Reminds me of that short story where aliens visit the Earth and a mathematician asks them if they proved Fermat's last theorem (presumably this was before Wile's proof) and the aliens replied, sure, we did. So the mathematician inquires about the proof and the aliens explained they tested it on all values up to some unimaginable number, leaving the mathematician deeply saddened. But I can't remember where I read it. Possibly Singh's book on FLT.

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#### topsquark

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i dont get it
The author is having a bit of fun with his/her readers by throwing a joke (and a bad one at that) into his text.

-Dan

#### ineedhelpnow

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lol got that. i just dont get how the joke is funny. it was terrible.

#### MarkFL

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lol got that. i just dont get how the joke is funny. it was terrible.
It is the location of the joke that is funny, not necessarily the joke itself.

#### Jameson

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I made a tweet on our MHB Twitter account about the Polya Conjecture over a year ago. It's one of my favorite examples of why proofs are needed. It seems so unlikely to reverse direction until it does.

I like the Alzheimer's joke!

#### ineedhelpnow

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It is the location of the joke that is funny, not necessarily the joke itself.
if im studying for hours and then i come across that joke in my textbook i think i might cry instead of laugh.

#### jacobi

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Except for ineedhelpnow, maybe...

#### ineedhelpnow

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no offense jacobi
i blame the author

#### jacobi

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Haha, none taken.
Just the fact that he/she has to put in the joke to prevent things from getting dull is a testament to how bad the author's presentation style is.

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#### Evgeny.Makarov

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Also: Did you know that the Eiffel Tower in Paris is named after the architect who designed it? His name was Fred Tower.

#### soroban

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. . $$\text{National Sarcasm Society}$$

. . . . . . . . $$\text{Like we need your support.}$$

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