Tag Archives: math

More Bad Math

The other night Ma’am called from Thailand. I was sitting at Frank’s Bar on Fulton. the football game on the tiny TV was a distraction along with Rosa the svelte Vietnamese homegirl bartender. Before opening my flip phone I told everyone to be quiet. They knew my story and concentrated on their drinks. “Mai mii […]

Brooklyn Tony ON MATH 101

A Math teacher asks her class: “If there are 5 birds sitting on a fence and you shoot one of them, how many will be left?” She calls on Brooklyn Tony. He replies, “None, they will all fly away with the first gunshot.” The teacher replies, “The correct answer is 4, but I like your […]

1 + 1 = 2 Circa 1972

The simple addition of 1 + 1 is the first math learned by children. Addition is followed by subtraction, division, and multiplication. The nuns at Our Lady of the Foothills believed in the power of rote education and each student was expected to memorize the math tables from 1 to 12. Fingers and toes aided […]

Payback For The Geeks

Nerds and geeks have been targeted by bullies throughout history. Sand was kicked in Socrates’ face by a nameless. Galilleo was given a wedgee by a callous bastard son of a Vatican cardinal, and Einstein was forced to do the homework of a Viennese strong-arm thug. Bullying the weak or different has been a feature […]

The Location of X

My first major in college was Math. MY mother chose that field of study, because my 710 score in the Math SATs provided convincing proof that her second son was a future Einstein. She was not privy to the fact that I was smoking pot and dropping acid. Both opened my mind to the realm […]