Thursday, October 25, 2007

Real World Math Skills

During the War, a mathematician, a chemist, and a mechanical engineer are captured by the enemy. They're thrown into three jail cells in a remote part of the enemy base, and quickly forgotten. A month later the jailer remembers that these three prisoners haven't been fed in a month, and goes to check on them.

In the first jail cell, he finds a rudimentary lever and wedge on the floor. The mechanical engineer had pried the cheap cell bars apart, and escaped handily.

In the second jail cell, he finds a puddle of acid: acid that the chemist had poured on the cell bars to free himself.

In the third jail cell, he finds the mathematician's rotting corpse. Next to the body, there's a piece of paper. He reads it. It says: "Assume that I have the key to the cell..."

More Statistical Error

From a colleague:
Two statisticians are at a shooting range.

The first statistician misses the target by 10 feet to the left.

The second statistician misses the target by 10 feet to the right.

They cheer.
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