Regale with a tale

February 5th, 2008

One day Circulus Maximus was eating a pork chop with Triangulus Boonicus and the rain started to fall. As it happens there was a cave nearby and the two heroes of maths took shelter. Inside was a bear who was trapped in a cage of logic. Because he couldn’t reason he couldn’t work out how to escape and that was his fate. Seven long years had he been there, unbeknown to the two shapes, surviving on a diet of wind and hair. Circulus looked at the bear and gently stroked him on the head. Seeing the effect that solitary confinement had taken on him he took pity on the bear and threw him an equation of pig. The bear gladly took him up on his offer and demolished the snack without a pause to consider what the question was really asking.

The cries of the bear rattled through the cave all night. By the time morning came Triangulus had had enough and used his spear of subtraction to jimmy the lock of the cage. The animal was free! He promptly ate both Circulus Maximus and Triangulus Boonicus.

Q: What should we learn about this?
A: It’s all about the science, not the maths.

Entry Filed under: Gravy,Great,Ian


  • 1. Kevil  |  February 5th, 2008 at 09:37


    * Shakes his fist at the sky *

  • 2. Chris  |  February 5th, 2008 at 11:20

    I have learned much from this.

    Was the cave logarithmic?

  • 3. Ian Mac Mac Mac Mac McIver  |  February 5th, 2008 at 12:05

    No but if you gave it a keyboard and a set of drums it could play all night 😀

    (rithmic, get it?)

    Yes I think so. Actually had the bear known about logarithms he could have raised the base in order to get the number ie lifted up the cage and get out.

  • 4. Chris  |  February 5th, 2008 at 14:17

    I see what you did there – very funny pun use of mathematical terms.

    As a result you will see that I am giving you a friendly sine wave. Coo-ee!

  • 5. Kevil  |  February 5th, 2008 at 14:25

    And I shall cosine his wave… *groans*

  • 6. Ian Mac Mac Mac Mac McIver  |  February 6th, 2008 at 07:55

    This is why it has to be about the science because maths just decends into parody, bad jokes and general chaos. Sometimes that’s good but generally only 0.01% of the time.

    I hope I’ve summed that up for you all well there 😀 *jesus christ…*

  • 7. Chris  |  February 6th, 2008 at 19:31

    Most commonly, I will get the train to work and the train home again. Factors on which I will base a decision to break with routine and take the bus and underground to work involve:
    – engineering work on the railway
    – ticket prices
    – inclement weather (train journey has longer walking time)
    – particular desire to visit locations en-route including Hammersmith Broadway shopping centre
    – plans later in the day
    On average I will travel to work by bus and tube, instead of train, about once every two or three weeks.

    The above has nothing to do with this discussion so HA.

  • 8. Ian Mac Mac Mac Mac McIver  |  February 8th, 2008 at 08:53

    Compatability with previous conversation = 0.05%

    Therefore your comments are stricken from the already overused and underpaid record.

    Scratch that baby!

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