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I don't get this joke, so will you help me out?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7981points) November 15th, 2010 from iPhone

Archimedes, Newton and Pascal are playing Hide&Seek. Archimedes is counting down, Pascal takes off and hides, but Newton takes few steps, turns around, comes behind Archimedes, pulls out a piece of chalk, makes a square 1 meter by 1 meter and steps in it.
Archimedes finishes counting, turns around and sees him immediately: “A-Ha, Newton!” Newton smiles and says: “No, this is Newton per sqare meter, and that’s Pascal.”

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HungryGuy's avatar

ROTFLMMFAO!!!!! I have a dry sense of humor, so most jokes that crack other people up leave me going, “eh…” But that sent me into hysterics!!!

troubleinharlem's avatar

@HungryGuy:
That doesn’t help! You didn’t explain it.

Blueroses's avatar

In other words, when he is one Newton per square meter, he is no longer Newton but Pascal. “A-ha, Newton!” is no longer correct.

HungryGuy's avatar

@Blueroses – Yeah, you gotta be a math geek to get it :-p

Blueroses's avatar

I really laughed too.
I think what might be making it unclear as a joke is the word “that’s” in the punchline It could be read as a directional indicator (like Newton was pointing at Pascal) rather than “This is Newton per square meter which makes me Pascal.”

Anyway, Newton wins the game and it’s a great pun.

tedibear's avatar

Until I saw Blueroses’ link, I was clueless. After that, I laughed because it was funny. I told it to my math geek husband and he laughed out loud. Which is rare.

HungryGuy's avatar

@tedibear – Yes, us science/math geeks don’t laugh at what most people laugh at, but we laugh hysterically at what goes over most other people’s heads…

6rant6's avatar

Well yes, it’s a pun on Newton/m^2 and Pascal. But it’s still not funny. How is it funny? This is a physics joke that Pee Wee Herman would tell.

cockswain's avatar

That’s one of the nerdiest jokes possible.

Blueroses's avatar

Allow me to stress that there is no pressure to enjoy the humor here.
:-)

cockswain's avatar

I guess Star Trek jokes are nerdier. Not much else. Or maybe if someone made a pun about Magic: The Gathering cards somehow.

Blueroses's avatar

I like fanboys and nerds. There’s something endearing about their obsessive sincerity.

cockswain's avatar

What’s a fanboy?

Blueroses's avatar

You are kidding? Fanboys

cockswain's avatar

Never heard of it. I see it has Shooter McGavin in it, which is a coincidence since I just watched SLC Punk two days ago. Anyways, do you recommend it?

EDIT: Just looked it up on rotten tomatoes, only 33%.

Blueroses's avatar

It has a few moments. Definitely not as good as SLC Punk, which is brilliant.

downtide's avatar

I didn’t get that one either, but there’s another nerdy joke that I love:

A quantum physicist is driving his car on the freeway when he’s pulled over for speeding. The cop says, “Excuse me Sir, do you know how fast you were going?”

“No,” says the physicist proudly. “But I know exactly where I am.”

6rant6's avatar

@downtide Now that’s nerdy AND funny.

HungryGuy's avatar

@downtide – Another knee-slapper that’s going to go over the heads of 99% of the people: a joke based on the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. ROFLMAO!!!

tedibear's avatar

Ok, I told him @downtide‘s joke and got another laugh out loud. In the process of asking him to explain it (and it did make sense once he gave me the basic explanation) he wandered into talking about calculus. He then meandered into something about quadratic equations and graphing and… something. Good thing he’s cute or my mind would have really wandered.

HungryGuy's avatar

Oooh! Quadratic equations. You’re getting me all hot and horny here :-p

tedibear's avatar

@HungryGuy – So should I tell you that he almost broke out the RPN calculator? Or is that just too much for a Thursday night?

Blueroses's avatar

Oh, @HornyGuy, as if you needed an excuse :-)

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