Tag: Funny

Ivy League Academic Removed From Plane And Questioned After Passenger Spotted His Equations

Finally, the world is safe from Italian economists doing mathematics on a plane.

Alarm bells were rung last Thursday on a flight from Philadelphia to Ontario, after a passenger saw aman suspiciously writing down a complicated looking formula on a piece of paper and notified cabin crew. The passenger told flight attendants she was feeling ill, causing the flight to turnaround on the runway.

After some confusion, the mysterious mathematicsenthusiastwas taken off the flight and questioned by security agents.

Fortunately for international security, the man was actually Guido Menzio, an Italian-born associate professor in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, who also happened to be a young, dark-haired, bearded, and slightly tanned male with a foreign accent on a plane.

Menzio told theAssociated Press: “I thought they were trying to get clues about her illness. Instead, they tell me that the woman was concerned that I was a terrorist because I was writing strange things on a pad of paper.”

His scrawlings were actually some last minute work on a differential equation that he was preparing for a lecture on Search Theory in Canada.

Aftertwo hours of questioning,Menzio,who said he was treated with respect,was able to explain himself to the security officials andwas allowed back onto the flight. The passenger who complained, however, did not return to the flight.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/economist-gets-interrogated-writing-equations-airplane

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New Math Never Gets Old

What is it about new math? How come it seems that new math never gets old?

Well I was looking through some videos and found this one which I thought you’d all like to see. It’s all about learning new math!

 

New Math – Tom Lehrer
Hi All… I hope that you enjoy watching my video! I am a Primary School Teacher from Australia and could not resist animating this Tom Lehrer classic. Tom Lehrer is a brilliant lyricist, and I think that this video will be a lot of fun during parent information evenings. I realise that my video is similar to some other YouTube submissions; however I have created my own animation and changed the musical arrangement slightly. Hopefully I will get some hits and people will enjoy watching it. If it does prove popular, I will post some more in the not too distant future.

Kind of funny that this new math is so old, eh?

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