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Monty Python

07/18/2008 8:36 AM

Engineers have a strange since of humor. This is a fact.

Is there an international commonality?

Here in the States, there is a love for all things "Dilbert," but also "Monty Python." I was surprised to hear how many US Engineers could quote "The Princess Bride."

I sometimes have a hard time speaking with my US counterparts, owing to my TV time being in front of BBC America watching "Top Gear."

What is the one humorous topic I can discuss around the lunch table with engineers from anywhere in the world? IS there anything that unites us other than heat transfer?

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07/18/2008 8:42 AM

They say that there is only one universal language that everybody can understand and that is mathematics.

I like to think their are two, the other being humor.

you can quote me on that.

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07/20/2008 12:31 AM

Humor, or at least much of it, is based in shared experience and language. I think many English speaking types have little appreciation for French humor (seems pretty silly to us), and the French aren't great fans of ours. Some people have no use for irony or sarcasm. Some people don't like dirty jokes. Math would be a great universal language except that most people take great pride in not knowing any.

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07/20/2008 9:35 AM

Pride makes roadblocks in commonalities.

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07/18/2008 8:56 AM

I like the humour concept best....

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07/18/2008 9:00 AM

My boss has that one in his office.

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07/18/2008 12:13 PM

Of the Dilbert column Wally has always been the one to watch. He does the most with the least, and hardly ever gets pinned fot it. This column shows him in finest form doing what de does best.

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07/18/2008 1:04 PM

Here are a few more just hot off the internet!!

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07/18/2008 2:49 PM

Reminds me of those "memos" about the Special High-Intensity Training program.

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07/18/2008 3:42 PM

Reminds me of those "memos" about the Special High-Intensity Training program.

That comment reminds me of an ad from the naval recruiters about 20 years ago.

This is directed at our Naval Recruitment Ad's and not to our Service Men and Women in our armed forces.

It went something like this,

Become a Nuclear Specialist in 12 (?) weeks through our intensified training program.

I always felt that an expert or specialist is someone with practical experience and allot of it.

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07/21/2008 3:52 AM

I hear the UK government has just announced a Sexual Health Awareness Group.

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07/18/2008 4:25 PM

sparrows carring coconuts...

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07/18/2008 11:47 PM

European or African swallow?

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07/19/2008 8:17 AM

Maybe our way of thinking make us similar in some other aspects.

I love Dilbert (I've got all Scott Adams published books: Dilbert's Principle is my favourite)

I've got almost a complete set of Monty Python films and of course "The Princess Bride" as film and book.

And I'm Spanish... Curious, isn't it?

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07/19/2008 10:58 AM

I am enjoying reading these posts. I t occurred to me that we engineers and scientists seem to enjoy humor even more than mathematics. Perhaps it is because the humor reduces the tension or because it points to the irony of the situations we all tend to face on a daily basis. I personally find that much of humor centers on the commonality of ironic situations we encounter, many caused by persons such as the pointy haired manager in Dilbert.

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07/19/2008 11:55 AM

Castle guard: "It's not a question of where he he grips it, it's a question a weight ratio, a 5oz. bird could not carry a 1lb. coconut! .............In order to maintain air speed velocity a swallow needs to beat it's wings 43 times a second right?

Other guard(slightly drunk): " I could be carried by an African swallow"

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07/20/2008 12:47 PM

I used to stop for a "Morning Mac" (a large hamburger with sausage and egg rather than the usual contents) for breakfast, on my way to work. One morning, things got complex, and by the time I got to breakfast, it was cold, and not very appealing, so I threw it out for the birds.

A large crow found this treasure and was determined to fly off with it before his buddies got it. He could pick it up in his beak, but every time he tried to take off, he would go head over hamburger. His center of gravity was no longer between his wings, but much forward. Eventually after several attempts, the hamburger got broken up into enough smaller pieces that he was able to get into the air with a small portion of it... and his buddies got the rest.

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07/19/2008 1:15 PM

Don't forget The Far Side

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07/19/2008 6:43 PM

This, I believe, is the International commonality

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07/20/2008 1:54 AM

And now for something completely different!

Tennis any one?

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07/21/2008 11:49 AM

All my engineering buddies in college really got a kick out of a text "conversation" that had been floating around the internet for a while. Do a google search for "I put on my robe and wizard hat". While not engineering specific, it is nerd specific.

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07/21/2008 12:32 PM

Are there rocks ahead?

If there are we will all be dead.

Stop that! I mean it.

Anybody want a peanut?

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07/21/2008 5:53 PM

Anybody want a peanut?

Why, yes, I do! Thank you for asking! May I have 42 peanuts?

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07/21/2008 8:33 PM

Monthy Python flying Circus is still one off my Favourites as is, The young ones, Bottom, Red Dwarf and legion i forgot.

In holland we have Jiskefet that is also Absurdistic Humor and In Belgium Lava by kamagurka and Her seelle (Eddy Wally in space is a Classic)

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07/23/2008 7:58 AM

Humor, heat transfer, and music seem to be the uniting elements. Mathematics adds to us, multiplies us, subtracts from us, divides us, occasionally sums us up, and can derive from us, but rarely if ever unites us. That makes a good story, and if it isn't so, then it ought to be.

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07/23/2008 8:20 AM

You forgot that it also differentiates us at the same time integrating us together into a multidimensional matrix of vectors and imaginary numbers, forming a complex set of divs, grads and curls!!

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07/23/2008 6:45 PM

You didn't follow that tangent far enough. You forgot the identities it gives us!

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07/23/2008 8:53 AM

please enough of these iterations.

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07/23/2008 11:19 AM

There are 10 kinds of people in this world - those who understand the binary system, and those who don't. Are you a 1 or a 0?

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07/23/2008 12:47 PM

I've been called a zero before, but I always felt it was because they did'nt understand my jokes.

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07/23/2008 1:06 PM

(Psssst...the point of the post was that it combines mathematics and humor, just like your tag line says...sssshhh!) Well, for what it's worth, I get your jokes, and I think you're a 1. In fact, I think you're a 911, altho what that's to do with Phoenix is well beyond my ken.

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07/23/2008 1:26 PM

Thanks,

right back at you,

When I get called a zero, its a matter of how you take it, I take it with a reply of "if I a 0, I'm going to be the best dam 0 there is."

if their clever enough, that'll make me #1.

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07/23/2008 1:33 PM

In other words, be a hero, not a zero!

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07/23/2008 2:24 PM

But what is that in base 73?

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07/23/2008 3:06 PM

The same as it is in Area 51...

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07/23/2008 8:32 PM

with fuzzy logic (or the theoretical qauntum computers) somewhere in between?

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07/24/2008 6:59 AM

I had a fuzzy logic once, cute little thing - had to get rid of it though, kept shedding on the furniture...

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