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Celebrate Humor Month, Math Month, and Poetry Month!

pvennebush Posted by pvennebush in Learning Math on Mar 31, 2012 11:38:52 AM

April is:


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…
And e is likewise cursed.
I wonder: Which is larger
When the digits are reversed?
                    – J. A. Lindon


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 e + 1.
                     – Paul Nah

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)


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