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What's the Best Geek Joke You Know? 449

super_ogg writes "To break some of the office blues, I decided to tell the worst geek joke I know: 'Why did the Comp. Engineer get X-mas and Halloween mixed up? A: Because Oct(31) == Dec(25)!' Some groaned, some laughed, but only a geek could understand it. I was wondering what are some of the best/worst geek jokes people have out there for the Slashdot community?"
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  • by TripMaster Monkey ( 862126 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:06PM (#12894782)

    Here's the best one I know. It's a bit long...but I have faith in you.

    A doctor, a lawyer,and an engineer are sentenced to death. Why is not important to the story...what's important is that the death sentence will be carried out in France - via guillotine.

    The doctor is first. The executioner straps him down, hoists the glittering blade aloft, and lets it drop...whereupon it sticks about halfway down.

    Now, it's a well-known tradition in capital punishment that if the execution apparatus fails for any reason, this is interpreted as a sign from God, and the death sentence is commuted. Accordingly, the doctor walks away, still very much alive.

    The lawyer is next. The executioner straps him down, hoists the glittering blade aloft, and lets it drop...whereupon it sticks in the exact same spot.
    Same rules apply...lawyer walks.

    The engineer is last. The executioner straps him down, as he hoists the blade aloft, the engineer twists his neck around, peers up at the blade, and says:

    "You know, I think I see your trouble there..."
    • A computer scientist, a surgeon, and a civil engineer were gathered at the pub. The surgeon boasts, Surgery is the oldest technology in the world. It's in the Bible. God removed Adam's rib while he slept. This is clear evidence that surgery pre-dates all other technological endevors.

      Without so much as a beat, the civil engineer says that before that, God formed the Earth, the stars, and everything from nothing but chaos. He created rivers, mountians and oceans. This was clear evidence that civil eng

  • by waynegoode ( 758645 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:06PM (#12894795) Homepage
    Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: None. It's a hardware problem.

  • 1 + 1 = 10

    Lame, yes, but good to confuse the less elite programmers at work. I should put it on the apptitude test we give job seekers.
  • Here's one (Score:2, Funny)

    by Whipeh ( 789094 )
    Q: How do you drive an engineer crazy? A: Time him to a chair, stand in front of him, and fold a map the wrong way.
  • Well,,, (Score:4, Funny)

    by Otter ( 3800 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:11PM (#12894851) Journal
    "...but a talking frog is cool!"

    "...if one more person enters the building, it will be empty."

    "No, but I know where I am."

    "Yeah, her clothes probably wouldn't have fit you, anyway."

    "Unix Airlines: You walk out to the runway and they give you a box of tools and some airplane parts. The passengers form into groups and start building twelve different planes."

    Have I missed anything?
    • Re:Well,,, (Score:5, Funny)

      by TuringTest ( 533084 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:25PM (#12895060) Journal
      the input arguments?
    • by lilmouse ( 310335 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:51PM (#12895304)
      Damn. I know some of these.

      "...but a talking frog is cool!"

      As I heard it: An engineer is walking down the road one day, and, seeing a frong on the side of the road, bends down to look at it. Suddenly, it pipes up and talks to him!

      "I may look like a frog now, but I'm really a princess - if you kiss me, I'll turn back into my real self!"

      The engineer smiles, picks up the frog, puts it in his (pocket protected) shirt pocket and goes on to the lab.

      When he gets to the lab, he puts the frog down to get some work done, and she opens her mouth to speak:

      "I tell you, I'm a beautiful princess! If you kiss me, I'll turn back, and I'll do anything you want!"

      The engineer smiles, and goes on with is work. After he's done, he picks the frog up. She again starts talking to him:

      "Look, I'm a princess turned into a frog! If you kiss me, I'll turn back into a beautiful woman. I'll do whatever you want! And I'll stay with you forever!"

      The engineer peers at the frog, smiles, and tucks it back in his pocket for the walk home. When he gets there, he pulls her out, and she nearly screams at him:

      "WHAT THE HELLS THE MATTER WITH YOU? Here I am, I'm a beautiful princess, I'll do whatever you want, and I'll stay with you forever! Why won't you kiss me??"

      The engineer says, "Well, I don't have time for a girlfriend,..."

    • by lilmouse ( 310335 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:55PM (#12895337)
      An engineer is walking down the street, and sees another guy from his lab walking along with a new bright red motorcycle. He's impressed, especially since his friend doesn't know how to ride a motorcycle, so he goes up and asks, "Wow, where'd you get that?"

      His friend explains, "Well, I walk walking along, and this gorgeous blond drives up on the motorcycle, stops in front of me, strips her clothes off and tells me, 'Take what you want!'"

      The engineer nods in understanding. "Good choice. Her clothes probably wouldn't have fit you."

    • Re:Well,,, (Score:4, Funny)

      by Kris_J ( 10111 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @08:23PM (#12896109) Homepage Journal
      Copy 'n pasted from Bash.org [bash.org]:

      omgsean123: so anyway, heisenberg is speeding down the street and he gets pulled over by a cop
      omgsean123: and the cop is like "do you know how fast you were going?"
      omgsean123: and he says "no, but i know exactly where i am!"

      Certainly my current fav.

    • Re:Well,,, (Score:4, Interesting)

      by spongeboy ( 681073 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @09:28PM (#12896553)
      A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a street cafe watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house. The Physicist: "The measurement wasn't accurate.". The Biologist: "They have reproduced". The Mathematician: "If now exactly one person enters the house then it will be empty again."
  • Ahem... (Score:4, Funny)

    by TheCamper ( 827137 ) <SporkMasterSpork AT gmail DOT com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:11PM (#12894853) Homepage
    Ascii to ascii, Dos to Dos...
  • by grub ( 11606 ) <slashdot@grub.net> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:11PM (#12894864) Homepage Journal

    Q- Who was the first computer technician?

    A- Eve. She had an Apple in one hand and a Wang in the other.

  • a few (Score:5, Funny)

    by Merlin42 ( 148225 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:12PM (#12894875)
    There are only 10 kinds of people in the world:
    Those who know binary
    And those who don't

    A cop pulls over Dr. Heisenburg and says, "Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"
    Dr. Heisenburg responds, "NO, but I know EXACTLY where I am"

    Professor: What is the integral of dcabin over cabin?
    Student: Log cabin .... ha ha
    Professor: No, its a house boat! You forgot to add the C

    Professor: What is the area of a circle
    Student: Pi R square
    Professor: Pi are not square, Pie are round ... groan
    • There are only 10 kinds of people in the world:

      Those who know binary, and those who have friends.

    • by tchuladdiass ( 174342 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:53PM (#12895881) Homepage
      How about a math lymric?
      (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 * 4 ^ .5) / 7 + 5 * 11 == 9 ^ 2 + 0

      A dozen, a gross, and a score, plus three times the square root of four, divided by 7, plus 5 times 11, is nine squared, and not a bit more.
    • by dsb ( 52083 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @09:24PM (#12896533) Journal
      A Houston construction boss was interviewing men for a job, when along came a Louisiana Cajun. "You gotta pass my test first", he told the applicant.
      "Here's your first question."

      "Without using numbers represent the number 9."
      "Without numbers?" the Cajun says. "Dat's easy," and proceeds to draw 3 trees.
      "What's this?" the foreman asks.
      "Well, tree and tree and tree make nine," says the Cajun.
      "Fair enough," replies the foreman. "Here is your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99."
      The Cajun stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture of the three trees and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
      The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?" ! ;
      "Each of da trees is dirty now! So dirty tree and dirty tree and dirty tree. Dat is 99!"
      "All right. Last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."
      The Cajun stares into space again, then picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree, and says, "Ere you go. One hundred!"
      The foreman looks at the attempt. "How in the world does this represent a hundred?"
      The Cajun leans forward and points to the marks at the tree bases, and says,
      "A little dog come along and crap by each tree, so now you've got dirty tree and a turd and dirty tree and a turd and dirty tree and turd, and dat make one 'undred.

      So when do I start work?"

  • by sithsasquatch ( 889285 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:12PM (#12894878)
    Go here [bash.org] and have fun.

    a recent one:

    pathogen: in maths today we found out that 1+3+3+7 = 14
    pathogen: so therefore 1337 = 14
    pathogen: so anyone who speaks 1337 is 14
  • by woobieman29 ( 593880 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:12PM (#12894884)
    Did you hear about the Coder that got stuck in his shower for a week?

    The instructions on his shampoo said: Lather, rinse, repeat.

  • by KILNA ( 536949 ) * <kilna@kilna.com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:13PM (#12894895) Homepage Journal

    A helicopter with a pilot and a single passenger was flying around above Seattle when a malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's navigation and communications equipment. Due to the darkness and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position and course to get back to the airport.

    The pilot saw a tall building with lights on and flew toward it, the pilot had the passenger draw a handwritten sign reading "WHERE AM I?" and hold it up for the building's occupants to see.

    People in the building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign, and held it in a building window. Their sign said "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER."

    The pilot smiled, waved, looked at his map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely.

    After they were on the ground, the passenger asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position.

    The pilot responded "I knew that had to be the Microsoft support building, they gave me a technically correct but entirely useless answer."

    • by Piquan ( 49943 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:25PM (#12895056)

      The passenger continued, "You must have been in marketing before you became a pilot."

      "Yes, I was, how did you know?" the pilot replied.

      "Because you didn't know where you were or what you were doing, but expected the computer tech to be able to help you. After he answered your question, you were in the same situation as before, but then you decided it was his fault."

    • by obtuse ( 79208 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:53PM (#12895883) Journal
      How do you recognize a field service engineer on the side of the road with a flat tire? ...

      He's changing each tire to see which one is flat.

      And the related problem:

      How do you recognize a field service engineer on the side of the road who has run out of gas? ...

      He's changing each tire to see which one is flat.
  • by Regulus ( 184356 )
    Q: How do you spot an extroverted computer geek?
    A: He stares at *your* shoes when talking to you.

    Did you hear the one about the computer scientist that died in the shower? He read the shampoo instructions: Lather, Rince, Repeat.
  • by LennyDotCom ( 26658 ) <Lenny@lenny.com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:14PM (#12894906) Homepage Journal
    A computer programmer was driving his Porsche down the road. He stops for a stop sign and notices a frog in the middle of the road. The frog says to the programmer 'Hey you in the car. I'm not really a frog. I used to be a beautiful princess. If you kiss me, I will turn back into a princess and in return I will give you the best night of sex you've ever had.' The computer programmer mumbles, 'sure, yeah.' He picks up the frog and then continues down the road. The frog then says, 'OK look. If you kiss me, I'll give you a whole week of incredible sex.' The programmer mumbles, 'sure, yeah.' The frog says more forcably this time, 'Look maybe you don't understand. I'm tired of being a frog. If you kiss me I'll give you the best sex you've ever had for the rest of your entire life.' Once again the programmer mumbles 'sure, yeah.' Finally the frog says, 'Well can you at least tell me why you won't kiss me?' The computer programmer says 'Well you see I'm a computer programmer and don't have much time for sex. But a talking frog is really neat.'
    • by slashflood ( 697891 ) <flow&howflow,com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @08:37PM (#12896209) Homepage Journal
      A computer programmer was driving his Porsche down the road.
      Good one. (Score:5, Funny)
    • by curunir ( 98273 ) *
      In the same vein...

      Two computer programmers were having a conversation at lunch and one begins telling the other a story, "Yesterday, as I was walking home through the park, a beautiful woman rode up to me on a bicycle, got off, took off all of her clothes and told me she wanted to give me whatever I wanted!"

      "Wow...that's great! What did you do?", asks his friend.

      "Well, I took the bicycle. I ended up getting home quite a bit earlier than usual."

      "That's smart...the clothes probably wouldn't have fit y
  • So... (Score:3, Funny)

    by IronMagnus ( 777535 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:16PM (#12894945)
    A baby seal walks into a club...
  • Fun (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mukund ( 163654 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:21PM (#12894991) Homepage
    From bash.org [bash.org]

    t0rbad> so there i was in this hallway right
    BlackAdder> i believe i speak for all of us when i say...
    BlackAdder> WRONG BTICH
    BlackAdder> IM SICK OF YOU
    BlackAdder> IN FACT
    *** t0rbad sets mode: +b BlackAdder*!*@*.*
    *** BlackAdder has been kicked my t0rbad ( )
    t0rbad> so there i was in this hallway right
    CRCError> right
    heartless> Right.
    r3v> right
  • by LennyDotCom ( 26658 ) <Lenny@lenny.com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:21PM (#12894998) Homepage Journal
    Q: What did the constipated mathematician do?

    A: He worked it out with a pencil.
  • Geek jokes. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Yobgod Ababua ( 68687 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:21PM (#12895001)
    For this one, you should be person B... a basic knowledge of vector operations is required.

    A: "What's up?"
    B: "Right Cross Forward."

    For a longer joke, I like to go back to my old Applied Math days...

    An airplane leaves Warsaw for London. Some crippling illness (take your pick) renders the pilot and co-pilot inoperative. The stewardess goes out among the passengers looking for anyone with flying experience to help make an emergency landing and finds two cropduster pilots.
    They get up to the cockpit and get on the radio with the landing tower, who is going to help talk them down. As the instructions start coming in, however, they end up helplessly gazing across the vast expanse of lights, switches and controls in a modern passenger airplane, infinitely more complicated than their old cropduster. "I don't think we can handle this." one of says. "Why not?" asks the radio tower. "Well, you see, we're just two simple Poles in a complex plane."
  • by leapis ( 89780 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:22PM (#12895006)
    Four men rode in a car: a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer, and a computer engineer.

    The car stalled out.

    The mechanical engineer said, "It must be the pistons; let's repair them and be on our way."

    The electrical engineer said, "It has to be the spark plugs; we'll
    replace them and be ready to roll in no time at all."

    The chemical engineer said. "No, it's got to be bad gas; we'll flush the system and be on our way."

    They turned to the computer engineer. "What do you think we should do?" they asked.

    The computer engineer shrugged and said, "Let's get out of the car, close the doors, then get back in and try restarting it."
    • I kid you not (Score:3, Interesting)

      by lilmouse ( 310335 )
      I was in a bus that had to be rebooted.

      I was taking a Peter Pan bus from Baltimore down South, and we were watching an in-bus movie (Yay Peter Pan!), when all of a sudden... The bus driver turned off the movie, pulled over to the side of the interstate, and announced over the PA that he had to reboot the bus. He then turned off the engine, and we sat there for 2 minutes. After that, he turned it back on, restarted the movie, and we were on our way.

      So...yeah, it can work for buses, at least.

  • by A.K.A_Magnet ( 860822 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:25PM (#12895047) Homepage
    A logician tells a collegue his wife just had a baby.

    - Is it a boy or a girl?
    - Yes.

    (translated from french, but should be understandable...)
  • The Pirates of Substance
    With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan.

    By Lincoln Spector

    The curtain opens on a group of pirates sitting at their computers, surfing the Web and downloading illegal copies of copyrighted works. One of them, FREDRICK, tells the others that he will no longer take part of such piratical activity. The PIRATE KING, shocked by the news, bursts into song.

    Tune: Pirate King

    PIRATE KING: Oh better far to live and die

    With music I take, not music I buy,

    If a CD I hold in a high regard

    I'll h
  • Q: How many IBM Processors does it take to execute a job?

    A: Four. Three to hold it down, and one to rip it's head off.

  • Q: What's the name of the phenomenon where excrement collides with the propeller?

    A: Turdulence.

    • "A: Turdulence."

      Uh huh.

      I remember watching Channel 1 back in high school. For those who don't know what Channel 1 is, it's a news station for schools around the USA. Just before a commercial break, they'd ask a question and pop up the answer when it returned.

      One day, they asked: "Q. What is the most common cause of plane crashes?"

      Without thinking, I excited blurted out "Gravity!" Turns out, the answer was "Human Error". I learned a lesson about that on the way to the principal's office.
  • by __david__ ( 45671 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:29PM (#12895092) Homepage
    So a software engineer, a hardware engineer and their manager are in the car going to an expo in their rental car. To get there they must navigate a treacherous mountain road. While they are coming down a steep and narrow incline the car's brakes go out. The car starts going way too fast and they all fear this will be the end of their lives. But somehow the driver manages to not careen off the road and the manage glide to a stop once safely down the hill.

    They all get out and catch their breath for a minute.

    The manager is first to speak, "Well, let me get my cell phone so I can call the tow truck to take it to the garage."

    The hardware engineer says, "No, no, no, just pop the hood and we can fix the problem ourselves."

    The software engineer says, "Guys, just wait. Before we do anything we should take it up the hill and see if it happens again!"


  • by nullset ( 39850 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:29PM (#12895094)
    What do you get when you cross a cat and a dog? cat dog sin theta Why do mountain climbers never get sick? Because you can't cross a scalar[sic] with a vector
  • by WCityMike ( 579094 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:31PM (#12895112)
    What's the Best Geek Joke You Know?

  • Tolkien... (Score:3, Funny)

    by TheSHAD0W ( 258774 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:35PM (#12895155) Homepage
    http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink =1328489 [fark.com]
    FARK.com: (1328489) "Lord of the Rings" filmmakers partied after winning 11 Oscars, but chose a fan club to party in. Shows how effective a Tolkien ring network can be
  • by bad_fx ( 493443 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:37PM (#12895172) Journal
    I once saw a beetle with a license plate that read "FEATURE." ;)
  • Three foreigners: a businessman, physicist, and mathematician, are talking about the country they're all visiting for the first time.

    Suddenly, the businessman points out the window in surprise. "Look at that! The sheep in Scotland are black!"

    Amused at how readily his new friend jumps to conclusions, the physicist corrects him: "No, all we can be certain of is that some of the sheep in Scotland are black."

    The mathematician looks out the window himself, and corrects the both of them: "We know there exists a sheep in Scotland which is black on at least one side."
  • by brsmith4 ( 567390 ) <brsmith4@gm a i l . com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:38PM (#12895182)
    A physicist, a mathematician, and an engineer are staying in a hotel. Outside their rooms, a fire erupts.

    The physicist steps outside to see the fire along with a bucket and water spigot. He simply fills the bucket with water and pours it on the flames until they go out then returns to bed.

    The engineer steps outside to see the fire along with the bucket and water spigot. He meticulously calculates the amount of water needed and the rate of flow to most efficiently and effectively put out the fire. After a few minutes and a couple tests, the fire is extinguished.

    The mathematician steps outside and sees the fire. He also notices the bucket and water spigot and exclaims "Their exists a solution" and returns to bed.
  • by sithsasquatch ( 889285 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:39PM (#12895192)
    All jokes from here [bash.org].

    Spin: arrrr, pirates of the south west
    Spin: thar be large pipes o'bandwith near ye'ol univarsety.
    Pirate: yearg, ye may be an ta somethan thar.
    Spin: what say ye we pull yonder USB hard disk longside yonder NMSU puter and begin tha lutin and plunderin.
    Pirate: yearg. The master done gaved me a testin machine with a grand ol CDR.
    Pirate: Avast!
    Pirate: MP3s off the starboard bow!
    Spin: stere clear of ye porn pop ups rollin in from tha east.
    Pirate: I have mah trusty Opera browsa to help me fend em off.
    Spin: encrypt the data holds, batton down thar security patches, argh thar be spyware abound.

    MortalKombat> stfu mat|t u cu.nt
    * Acaila sets mode: +b MortalKombat!*@*
    @Acaila> FINISH HIM
    mat|t> rofl
    MortalKombat> omg wtf man
    * MortalKombat was kicked by Acaila (forward, forward, back, back, forward, punch)
    @Acaila> FATALITY!

    Ich: I have passed the transitional stage of internet geekhood
    Ich: I was cashiering at work today, and was punching in the code for plums, which is 4040.
    Ich: and the 0 key doesn't work this well, so I punched it in wrong.
    Ich: and the machine flashed up "Item Not Found: 404"
    Ich: and I actually laughed out loud

    WallJam7: roses are red
    WallJam7: violets are blue
    WallJam7: all of my base
    WallJam7: are belong to you

    Firefly: Time for my prayers:
    Firefly: Our Father, who 0wnz heaven, j00 r0ck!
    Firefly: May all 0ur base someday be belong to you!
    Firefly: May j00 0wn earth just like j00 0wn heaven.
    Firefly: Give us this day our warez, mp3z, and pr0n through a phat pipe.
    Firefly: And cut us some slack when we act like n00b lamerz, just as we teach n00bz when they act lame on us.
    Firefly: Please don't give us root access on some poor d00d'z box when we're too pissed off to think about what's right and wrong, and if you could keep the fbi off our backs, we'd appreciate it.
    Firefly: For j00 0wn r00t on all our b0x3s 4ever and ever, 4m3n.
  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:42PM (#12895226)
    Q: Why did Captain Kirk pee on the ceiling?

    A: To go where no man has gone before.

    SOURCE: A nine-year-old kid calling into the Howard Stern show. Go figure.
  • by jonadab ( 583620 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:43PM (#12895236) Homepage Journal
    $_='A doctor, a lawyer, and a mathematician were having a conversation about the relative benefits of wives and mistresses.

    The doctor insisted that, from a health perspective, it was far better to have a wife. He talked about stress, relaxation, routine, and other factors.

    The lawyer contended that it was better to have a mistress, because that way you retain more of your legal rights, she doesn't own half your property, and so forth.

    The mathematician said that he could see both sides of that argument, but really he thought it was best to have both.

    "Both?", the doctor and the lawyer exclaimed. "Why?"

    "Sure, both. That way, when the wife thinks you're with the mistress, and the mistress thinks you're with the wife, you can sneak off by yourself and do mathematics."
    '; print; s/mathematician/computer geek/; s/mathematics/programming/; print;
  • by DeadMeat (TM) ( 233768 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:47PM (#12895267) Homepage
    One day, e^x sees x^2 running down the street in a panic.

    "What's wrong?" asks e^x.

    "There's a Differential Operator in town!" yells x^2. "If I run into him too many times, I'll disappear!"

    "Don't worry," responds e^x. "I'll go have a chat with him. No, don't worry about me -- he can't hurt me. After all, I'm e^x."

    So e^x walks down the street to the Differential Operator. "My friend tells me you're a Differential Operator," e^x says pompously. "Well, I'm e^x."

    "Pleased to meet you, e^x," says the Differential Operator. "I'm d/dt."

  • by Halvard ( 102061 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:51PM (#12895297)
    .... are lost in the desert. They've been wandering for days, are horribly sunburned and are out of water.

    All of a sudden, they stumble upon Archemides with a canteen full of water! Archemides says "One of you can have this canteen and you'll live, but only if you walk half way to it, stop, walk half way to it, etc., etc.

    The mathematic, in anquish, lays his head in his arm and start to cry. "It can't be done" he rages.

    The engineer looks at the mathematician in disgust, shrugs his shoulders, walks half way, stops, walks half way, stop, etc., etc. Finally he stops next to it, leans over, picks up the canteen and drinks.

    Archemides and the mathematician both are in shock. Archemides exclaims "but how did you do that -- it's impossible!"

    Again, the engineer shrugs. "I got close enough for practical purposes!"

  • by asyncster ( 532683 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:51PM (#12895300)
    A newly appointed cryptographer attends a lunch meeting with his peers, who are going around a circle telling jokes. One of the cryptographers shouts "12", and everyone starts laughing. Another person shouts "34", which is received with more laughter. The new cryptographer asks one of the people "why is everyone laughing?" to which he responds "instead of taking the time to tell the whole joke, we just assign each joke a number and instead say that number". When it's the new cryptographers turn, he says "-22", to which everyone bursts in laughter. One of them shouts, "i haven't heard that one before!"
  • by Ratbert42 ( 452340 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:59PM (#12895380)
    These two strings walk into a bar and sit down. The bartender says, "So what'll it be?"

    The first string says, "I think I'll have a beer quag fulk boorg jdk^CjfdLk jk3s d#f67howe%^U r89nvy~~owmc63^Dz x.xvcu"

    "Please excuse my friend," the second string says, "He isn't null-terminated."
    • A string walks into a bar and orders a drink.

      "We don't serve strings in here," the bartender says. "Get out."

      The string leaves, waits a few minutes, then slips back inside and takes a seat in a booth out of sight from the bartender. He twists his body around in a strange contortion, then begins to unravel a little.

      At last the waitress comes by and takes his order.

      "Wait a minute," the waitress says. "Are you a string?"

      "No," the string says. "I'm a frayed knot."

  • by lilmouse ( 310335 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:02PM (#12895417)
    A mechanical engineer builds weapons.

    A civil engineer builds targets.

  • by jeremymiles ( 725644 ) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:11PM (#12895503) Homepage Journal
    I read this one in the guardian a few years ago, I've also heard it more recently, about mathematicians and physicists.
    Anyway ...
    A group of 4 MS programmers and a group of 4 Apple programmers are going on a train to an expo. The MS programmers buy a ticket each, and then watch the Apple programmers proceed to buy one ticket between them.
    The MS programmers are intrigued and when they get on the train, they watch the Apple programmers to see what they do when the guard comes to check the tickets. It turns out that, before the guard comes, they all cram into the toilet. The guard knocks on the door, and asks for the ticket. The guard takes it from under the door, and slides it back.
    The MS programmers are all impressed, so on the way back, they buy only one ticket. Only to watch the Apple folks get on the train without buying a ticket at all.
    When they get on the train, the MS people cram into the toilet, as they saw the Apple folks on the earlier journey. The Apple programmers then knock on the door, and say "Ticket please". The MS programmers slide the ticket under the door, as they saw the Apple programmers do earlier.
    "Thank you", they say. "You steal our methods, but you don't understand them."

  • by the_maddman ( 801403 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:12PM (#12895514)
    Now this isn't exactly a joke, but it's a true story.

    My first real job was a lousy tech support job at the local computer store. I had a customer that swore up and down I was the reason her new computer didn't work and wanted to store to build her a completely new machine at no cost. Reloading the software on her machine wasn't good enough, she wanted a newer one.

    Since I wouldn't jump right up and do this, she went to the store manager and yelled at him for about an hour. After which I got called into the office so he could chew me out. He got a good start at it, and after about 10 minutes, he asked me why I did what I did.

    My reply was "There is a difference between bending over backwards for the customer and bending over forwards."

    The manager turned bright red, pointed at the door, and as soon as I made it out of the office he laughed for about 20 minutes. And I never heard another word about the incident.

  • by lilmouse ( 310335 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:20PM (#12895607)
    An engineer told me his favorite engineer joke:

    One day, and engineer comes up to the gates of hell. The Devil takes a look at him and says, "Well, we've never had an engineer in hell before, but I guess we can take you in." So the engineer goes in.

    After a few days, he comes up to the Devil and says, "I'm sure you've noticed, but it's really hot down here! What do you think of setting up a couple of refrigeration coils, getting an icebox set up so we could have iced drinks down here?" Now, the Devil hears this and says, "Why not? If you can set it up, go for it!"

    So the engineer gets some tools together, works for a little bit, and sets up his little icecube maker, and soon the engineer, the Devil, and everyone else is enjoying ice cubes in their drinks, and everyone thinks it's a great improvement.

    Couple of days later, the engineer comes back to the Devil and says, "Well, I'm impressed by how big Hell is - there are so many people here! But it takes so long to get from place to place - how about I install some people-movers? I can put in escalaters, elevators, moving ramps, the works!" The Devil takes a sip of his ice marguarita, and says, "Sure, give it a shot."

    As the engineer works, the souls in Hell start getting around easier - there are elevators, escalators, all sorts of people-movers! It gets to be quite convenient to get around Hell.

    After that project, the engineer comes up to the Devil and says, "I've been thinking about tackling the heat down here - ice drinks are all well and good, but it's still bloody hot! How about it?" The Devil at this point returns, "Anything you need, you got it!"

    Two weeks later, the first stage of the cooling system goes on-line, and all the damned souls breath a sigh of relief as the heat wave finally breaks. At this point, God comes down to talk to the Devil, and tells him there's been a mistake: "That engineer you've got doesn't belong in Hell - he was meant for Heaven!"

    Now, the Devil wasn't about to let his first engineer go! He returns, "Oh, come on - once he's in those gates, he's Mine! That's the way it works, and you know it!"

    God tells him, "Well, you're just gonna have to return him! If you don't, I'll, I'll - I'll sue you, is what I'll do!"

    The Devil knows he's won - he leans back, cocky as all hell, and asks, "Now, where you gonna find a Lawyer in Heaven?"

    The best part about this joke is that it's not really an engineer joke, but really a lawyer joke.

  • by Smidge204 ( 605297 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:23PM (#12895634) Journal

    co /dev/pub/pint > /dev/girl
    mv /dev/girl /dev/house
    mount /dev/girl
    y es
    umount girl


    Programming is like sex: One mistake and you have to support it for the rest of your life.

  • by BovineSpirit ( 247170 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:44PM (#12895813) Homepage
    A big red sign saying, "If this sign is blue you're going too fast".
  • by Second_Derivative ( 257815 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:51PM (#12895870)
    Two mathematicians are in a bar. One argues that commoners know nothing of mathematics these days. The other disagrees, whereupon the first challenges him to find someone in the bar who can answer a simple calculus question. The second agrees then excuses himself to go to the toilet. On his way there, he orders some more drinks from a pretty blonde waitress, and tells her there's a handsome tip in it if she'll do him a quick favour

    "Look, when you deliver the drink I'm going to ask you a question and I'd like you to answer 'one third x cubed'"

    "... one thirdux cube? huh?"

    "Yeah sure, that'll do"

    So anyway, the mathematician returns to his friend, the drink is delivered and he asks the waitress "Now my dear, do you know what the integral of x squared dx is?"

    She gives him a funny look and says "Uh, one third x cubed", then begins to walk off.

    "Thank you". He then turns to his companion and says "See, told you!". At which point the waitress turns around and adds "Oh, plus a constant of integration".
  • My favorites.. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dreamer-of-rules ( 794070 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @07:56PM (#12895911)
    Q: What do you get when you cross an elephant and a banana?
    A: Elephant-banana-sine-theta in a direction perpendicular to both the elephant and the banana according to the right-hand rule.

    Q: What do you get when you cross an mountain climber and a banana.
    A: You can't. A mountain climber is a scalar.

    Q: What's a polar bear?
    A: A rectangular bear after a coordinate transform.
  • Bad.... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Teancom ( 13486 ) <david@nospaM.gnuconsulting.com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @08:00PM (#12895941) Homepage
    There was an old Indian belief that by making love on the hide of
    their favorite animal, one could guarantee the health and prosperity
    of the offspring conceived thereupon. And so it goes that one Indian
    couple made love on a buffalo hide. Nine months later, they were
    blessed with a healthy baby son. Yet another couple huddled together
    on the hide of a deer and they too were blessed with a very healthy
    baby son. But a third couple, whose favorite animal was a hippopotamus,
    were blessed with not one, but TWO very healthy baby sons at the conclusion
    of the nine month interval. All of which proves the old theorem that:
    The sons of the squaw of the hippopotamus are equal to the sons of
    the squaws of the other two hides.
  • by Myself ( 57572 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @08:12PM (#12896031) Journal
    There was a programmer named Gus
    Who spent all his nights in a fuss.
    As he lay in his bed
    All that went through his head
    Was (while !asleep()) sheep++;
  • by AntsInMyPants ( 819105 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @08:31PM (#12896164)
    Not sure where this came from....

    A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd... "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?" The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock and calmly answered, "Sure." The yuppie parked his car, whipped out his IBM Thinkpad and connected it to a cell phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the internet where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas. He sent an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, received a response. Finally, he prints out a 130 page report on his miniaturized printer then turns to the shepherd and says....... "You have exactly 1586 sheep." "That is correct; take one of the sheep." said the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car. Then the shepherd says: "If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal?" "OK, why not." answered the young man. "Clearly, you are a consultant." said the shepherd. "That's correct." says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?" "No guessing required." answers the shepherd. "You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don't know crap about my business.... Now give me back my dog."

  • by sr180 ( 700526 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @09:29PM (#12896560) Journal
    Understanding Engineers - Take One

    Two engineering students crossing the campus when one said, "Where did you get such a great bike?" The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want." The first engineer nodded approvingly, "Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn't have fit."

    Understanding Engineers - Take Two

    To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    Understanding Engineers - Take Three

    A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him." "Hi George! Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime." The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight." The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them." The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

    Understanding Engineers - Take Four

    What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers? Mechanical Engineers build weapons and Civil Engineers build targets.

    Understanding Engineers - Take Five

    The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with an Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

    Understanding Engineers - Take Six

    "Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Engineers believe that "if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet"

    Understanding Engineers - Take Seven

    An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress. The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship. The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress, because of the passion and mystery he found there. The engineer said, "I like both." "Both?" "Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the lab and get some work done."

    Understanding Engineers - Take Eight

    An engineer was crossing a road one-day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one year." The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, and that I'll stay with you for a year and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look, I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."

    Incidently, the toilet paper holders in Engineering at Adelaide Uni are all enscribed, "Pull here for an Arts Degree - Wipe for honours."

    • Take Nine

      A Mathematician, Physicist, and Engineer are asked to find the volume of a Red Rubber Ball. The mathematician carefully solves the triple integral. The Physicist puts the ball in water and measures the displacement. The engineer finds the serial number of the ball and looks up the volume in his red rubber ball table.
  • by The Iconoclast ( 24795 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @10:27PM (#12896923)
    A mechanical, electrical, and civil engineer are discussing God.

    The MechE says, "God must be a mechanical engineer! Look at the bones and muscles of the human body! It is a marvelous machine!"

    The EE says, "No! God is an electrical engineer. Look at the nervous system. It is a miraculous electrical computing system!."

    The CivE says, "You are both wrong. God is a civil engineer. Who else would put a waste facility next to an entertainment complex?"
    • A quantum physicist , a Developer and a systems admin were all discussing the existence of god

      So the Physicist says: Right now God is a concept that is both real and unreal untill we can prove it one way or the other

      The Developer says : Yes but owning to the parallels between creation of intelligent programs and the need for us to invent it , it only follows that a similar concept must of been in place to create us

      then The Systems admin says : Yes i do
  • by CyricZ ( 887944 ) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @11:26PM (#12897262)
    I had a coworker who would put little animations of erecting and ejaculating penises in many of our apps. You'd click on a menu for the fifth time within a 20 minute span, and up popped the animation. Yep, you guessed it. The penis would become hard, and then it would squirt the sperm!

    One time he forgot to take out the animation from some software we had to present to librarians during a librarian's conference. Indeed, nothing was as funny as seeing hundreds of librarians cringe at the sight of such infantile humor.
  • Heh (Score:5, Funny)

    by NanoGator ( 522640 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @12:10AM (#12897512) Homepage Journal
    How do you put a blond into an infinite loop? Have her click the link in my sig.

  • by Tom7 ( 102298 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @12:19AM (#12897564) Homepage Journal
    A mosquito cried out in pain:
    "A chemist has poisoned my brain!"
    The cause of his sorrow
    was para-dichloro-

  • A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning at the third tee (par 3, 185 yards, slight dog leg to left, water hazard on the right) while a particularly slow group of golfers were flailing away ahead of them.

    Engineer: What's with these guys? We've been waiting for 15 minutes!

    Doctor: I don't know but I've never seen such ineptitude!

    Priest: Hey, here comes the green keeper. Let's have a word with him. Hi George. Say George, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?

    George: Oh yes. That's a group of blind fire fighters. They lost their sight while saving our club house last year. So we let them play here anytime free of charge!

    Doctor: Wow! Thanks for the scoop George.

    Priest: That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.

    Doctor: Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them.

    After a short pause ...

    Engineer: Why can't these guys play at night?
  • by real gumby ( 11516 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @04:04AM (#12898348)
    The physicist is showing his friend the programmer a thermos.

    "You see, you can put a hot drink inside, and then take it with you. It doesn't matter how cold it gets outside; when you pour the drink out it's still hot!"

    The programmer is quite impressed.

    The physicist continues, "Or you can put a cold drink inside, and then take it with you. It doesn't matter how hot it gets outside; when you pour the drink out it's still cold!"

    Now the programmer is really dumbfounded.

    He asks, "But how does it know?"
  • by titzandkunt ( 623280 ) * on Friday June 24, 2005 @04:21AM (#12898391)

    Four geeks are walking on a beach... ...a med student, a physicist, a mathematician and a mechanical engineer.

    They are enjoying their day out when they see a crowd of people crouching around a woman who is lying motionless on the sand. Their geek-curiosity is instantly aroused, and they jog over to investigate.

    "What's up?", the med student asks.

    "She got caught in the undertow, looks like she's drowned good", one of the crowd answers.

    "I think I see a pulse in her temple!" cries the med student, "Quickly, men! Determined action may save her yet!"

    The physicist takes off his backpack and from it produces his trusty supersoaker. It is the work of a few seconds to fashion it into an effective water pump.

    "With this we can empty her lungs of water in no time!", cried the physicist.

    The team set to work, and apply the device to her mouth, with the med student and physicist pumping away.

    "Keep going men!", the med student encouraged his friends "I think we're winning!".

    Minutes pass. Water continues to be pumped from the woman, mixed with sand, shells and candy wrappers.

    "Remarkable" says the mathematician. By my calculations, they have removed enough water from that woman to fill a cylinder six feet long and two feet in diameter. Most remarkable!".

    More minutes pass, and water is still being pumped from the woman.

    The med student is beginning to get disheartened: "I'm afraid we're losing her, fellas. She seems to contain more water than I ever thought possible. What time is it - for the records?".

    The Engineer shakes his head and finally speaks: "Just move her over there," he says indicating a patch of sand about ten feet yonder "and keep pumping".

    His colleagues are astounded by the audacity of this suggestion. "How can that affect the amount of water in her body?", asked the med student a touch tetchily.

    "Because she's sitting in a puddle , dumbass", replied the engineer.

    T&K. Finally the engineer speaks "
  • Visual joke (Score:3, Funny)

    by DarkDust ( 239124 ) * <marc@darkdust.net> on Friday June 24, 2005 @04:56AM (#12898479) Homepage

    /* Halley */

    Halley's Comment

  • by Dammital ( 220641 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @09:49AM (#12900030)
    Once upon a time pretty little Polly Nomial was strolling across a field of vectors when she came to the edge of a singularly large matrix.

    Now Polly was convergent and her mother had made it an absolute condition that she must never enter such an array without her brackets on. Poll however, who had changed her variables that morning and was feeling particularly badly behaved, ignored these conditions on the ground that they were unnecessary, and made her way amongst the complex elements.

    Rows and columns enveloped her on both sides. Tangents approached her surface; she became tensor and tensor. Quite suddenly two branches of a hyperbola touched her at a single point. She oscillated violently, lost all sense of directrix and went completely divergent. As she reached a turning point she tripped over a square root which was protruding from the erf and plunged headlong down a steep gradient. When she was differentiated once more she found herself alone, apparently in a non-Euclidian space.

    She was being watched however. That smooth operator, Curly Pi, was lurking inner product. As his eyes devoured her curvilinear co-ordinates, a singular expression crossed his face. Was she still convergent, he wondered. He decided to integrate at once.

    Hearing a vulgar fraction behind her, Polly turned round and saw Curly Pi approaching with his power series extrapolated. She could see at once by his degenerate conic and his dissipative terms that he was bent on no good.

    "Eureka" she gasped.

    "Ho Ho" he said, "what a symmetric little polynomial you are. I can see you're absolutely bubbling over with secs."

    "Oh Sir", she protested, "keep away from me, I haven't got my brackets on."

    "Calm yourself, my dear," said our suave operator, "your fears are purely imaginary."

    "i,i," she thought. "Perhaps he's homogeneous then."

    "What order are you," the brute demanded.

    "Seventeen", replied Polly.

    Curly leered. "I suppose you've never been operated on yet", he said.

    "Of course no," Polly exclaimed indignantly. "I'm absolutely convergent".

    "Come, come," said Curly, "lets off to a decimal place I know and I'll take you to the limit".

    "Never" gasped Polly.

    "EXCHLF" he swore, using the vilest oath he knew. His patience was gone. Coshing her over the coefficient with a log until she was powerless, Curly removed her discontinuities. He started at her significant places and began smoothing her points of inflection. Poor Polly, all was up. She felt his digit tending to her asymptotic limit. Her convergence was gone for ever.

    There was no mercy, for Curly was a Heavyside operator. He integrated by partial fractions. The complex beast even went all the way round and did a contour integration. What an indignity. To be multiply connected at her first integration. Curly went on operating until he was absolutely and completely orthogonal.

    When Polly got home that evening her mother noticed that she was truncated in several places. But it was too late to differentiate now. As the months went by, Polly increased monotonically. Finally, she generated a small but pathological function which left surds all over the place until she was driven to distraction.

    The moral of the story is this: If you want to keep your expressions convergent, never allow them a single degree of freedom.

  • by fixanoid ( 656159 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @10:23AM (#12900390)
    Play nethack and say your pushing packets manually...
  • ...he was famous for being able to carry out prodigious calculations in his head. Two colleagues make a bet about how he'll solve a particular problem. There's a hard way and an easy way to solve it.

    "So, Werner, two trains are heading toward each other. One is travelling at 60 kilometers per hour, and the other at 40 kph. A bird starts at one train, flies to the other at 120kph, and as soon as it reaches the other train it instantly reverses course back to the original train. It continues to do this until the trains meet. If the trains start out 100 kilometers apart, what is the total distance covered by the bird?"

    (answer in reply to this comment)

    Hesenberg instantly replies, "120 kilometers!"

    "Drat!" says the questioner, "I bet you'd solve it the hard way!"

    "Ah! There's an easy way!" cries Heisenberg.

  • Two Atoms (Score:3, Funny)

    by Jason Ford ( 635431 ) on Friday June 24, 2005 @01:01PM (#12902034)
    So, two atoms are walking down a road together. One atom says to the other, "Hey, I think I've lost an electron!" The other atom asks, "Are you sure?" The first atom responds, "Yes, I'm positive!"

Do not underestimate the value of print statements for debugging.