Friday Humor

Apparently not all circles are created equal…

Sometime the best humor isn’t a joke as in this case.

The primary purpose of the DATA statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable PI can be given that value with a DATA statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.

— FORTRAN manual for Xerox Computers

Friday Humor

If you think engineers are difficult try talking with a mathematician…

An engineer, a lawyer, and a mathematician are traveling through England on a train.  The engineer looks out the window at a passing farm and says “Look, the sheep in England are black”.

The lawyer promptly replies, “we do not have enough evidence to support your statement, all we can say is there is one black sheep in England”.  The lawyer then leans back with a smug look on his face at finally having gotten back at the engineer for always using technical jargon and precise words.

The lawyer waited to see how his friend would respond.  The engineer calmly looked at the mathematician and said “I believe this is your department”.  To which the mathematician replied “strictly speaking you are both incorrect as all we can say is there exists at least one sheep that is black on at least one side in England”.