The Sirens of Indirect Proof
This particularly afflicts Odysseus during undergrad, when the temptation is overwhelming. But even years later, a chance wind may carry that fatal song across the sea to his ears…
The Abandoned Exercise
“This proof has been left as an exercise for StackExchange.”
The Easiest Rhyming Dictionary to Create
Really, “so tautological, it’s tautological” would make a great slogan for just about anything.
“Seeing” the Fourth Dimension
“I meant a fourth SPACE dimension.”
“Careful. Make it to Dimension X and you’ll run into Krang.”
Teaching for Understanding
I think my first decade working in education has made me slightly better at explaining things, and vastly better at knowing the limits of my explanations.
Don’t divide 1 by 0, kids. Stay safe.
The Shortest Distance…
The pick-up-line-save is an underrated literary genre.
Since Time Immemorial
It’s funny how much stuff from undergrad I lapped up unquestioningly, and looking back now I struggle to imagine what drove my sense of intellectual need. I don’t think I was more curious then; I think I was merely curious enough, and understood my incentives.
To be fair, enough megatons of dynamite will block out the sun all by themselves, with no volcano required. But Bond villains rarely go in for simple plans.
When Am I Going to Use This?
Ugh. Kids today, with their rRNA. They don’t know we lived.
City on a Grid
Commenters on Facebook and Twitter pointed out that some cities do work on this principle! It sounds kinda nice honestly.
Checkered Flag Errors
Not pictured: “White Flag” errors, which make the teacher and student alike feel an overwhelming sense of surrender.
And What’s Next to Prickliness?
Thank goodness for the internet. This comic would have required a lot more brain-wracking and patience to write back in the day of paper dictionaries.
There’s actually some pretty fun Wikipedia-ing to be done on this issue.
A Worrying Absence
I think I found this joke more amusing than anyone else did. Which is to say, you’re all missing out! Yogurt on a quiz! How could that have happened? The mystery runs deep!
An Easy-to-Judge Shelf