With such a glorious coincidence of human-created holidays, we should do something big. Monumental, even. But what? We could prepare a major April Fools prank, such as preparing a fake video about spaghetti growing on trees or publishing an article about how the Alabama legislature passed a law setting π = 3. But those have already been done, so let’s do something a little different…
Announcing the Humorous Math Poem Contest!
That’s right! Submit your original entries of humorous math poems. The format is entirely up to you.
- Try your hand at the highly mathematical haiku.
- Author a sonnet about your love of numbers.
- Use ALGEBRA to create an acrostic poem.
- Or, get a little seedy with a limerick about doing problem sets late at night.
The only rule, really, is that your submission must be completely original. Please don’t copy a poem from another website or transcribe one of J. A. Lindon’s gems.
Submit all original poems to this discussion:
Humorous Math Poetry Contest : submit poems here.
On April 30, we will put the names of all who submit a poem into a hat and draw a winner. The winning author will receive an autographed copy of Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks.
Good luck, and have fun with this task in your classroom or as a personal assignment!
To get the creative juices flowing, you can read a few classics below, or check out The Square Root of Three.
Pi goes on and on and on…
I used to think math was no fun,
‘Cause I couldn’t see how it was done.
But Euler’s my hero
For I now see why zero
Equals eiπ + 1.
With my hands in a fire
And my feet in some ice
I’d say that, on average,
I feel rather nice.
– an original (sort of)