Weapons of Math Instruction

Some of you have probably seen this parody piece which went around the net awhile back. I enjoyed it enough that I decided to rewrite it and record it as an MP3. Since audio parodies are not exactly my forte, it may only be amusing to those who like math and bad puns, but hey, that probably describes some of y'all. It begins:

At New York's Kennedy Airport today, an individual, later discovered to be some sort of "teacher" was arrested trying to board an airplane. In his possession were some writing implements, a sophisticated graphing calculator, and a notebook full of occult symbols - including many numerals of Arabic derivation.

At a hastily assembled press conference, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that he believed the man is a member of the notorious "al-Jebra" movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying...WEAPONS OF MATH INSTRUCTION!

The remainder continues in the same vein, with lots of math puns. Here's the mp3 or a full text transcript.

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Heh. When I was in college,

Heh. When I was in college, I knew a Palestinian who kept talking about "Al-Jebra." My first reaction was amusement at his mispronunciation of an English word. Then it dawned on me....

There is something to be

There is something to be said for your creativity here, however I'm not geeky enough to say it :dunce:

I actually used a variant of

I actually used a variant of that joke with a Canadian border police-person last month, claiming that my paper & pens were sufficient for arithmetic through calculus and my backgammon set was a teaching tool for elementary probability and statistics.

And she STILL let me into the country!  :mrgreen:  Imagine that.