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Old 09-13-2018, 11:46 AM
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The Kingdom of the Triangular Lake.

So thereís a far-off place that consists of a perfectly triangular lake surrounded by land, with three kingdoms on the three sides of the lake. The first kingdom is rich and powerful, filled with wealthy, prosperous people. The second kingdom is more humble, but has its fair share of wealth and power, too. The third kingdom is struggling and poor and barely has an army.

The kingdoms eventually declare war for control of the lake, as itís a valuable resource to have. The first kingdom sends 100 of their best knights, clad in the finest armor and each with their own personal squire. The second kingdom send 50 of their own knights with fine leather armor and a few dozen squires of their own. The third kingdom sends their one and only knight, an elderly warrior who has long since passed his prime, with his own personal squire.

The night before the big battle, the knights of the first kingdom drink and make merry, partying into the late hours of the night. The knights of the second kingdom arenít as well off, but have their own supply of grog and also drink late into the night.

In the third camp, the faithful squire gets a rope and slings it over the branch of a tall tree, making a noose, and hangs a pot from it. He fills the pot with stew and has a humble dinner with the old knight.

The next morning, the knights of the first two kingdoms are hung over and unable to fight, while the knight of the third kingdom is old and weary, unable to get up. In place of the knights, the squires from all three kingdoms go and fight. The battle lasts long into the night, but by the time the dust settled, only one squire was left standing Ė the squire from the third kingdom.

And this just goes to show you that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the two other sides.

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Old 09-13-2018, 11:54 AM
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Wow, took a while to get to the punch line, but this non math major got it
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Ouch, that one really hurt.
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I didn't get trigonometry at school but at least I got this!
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I don't get it....whats your angle?
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Very Pythy.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:41 PM
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O.K. An indian had three wives, one fat one and two skinny one's. He goes out and kills a deer and gives it to one of the skinny one's who dresses it and keeps the hide, same with second deer. Then he goes out and drags back a Hippopotamus and gives it to the fat wife.
"The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides".
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A shaggy dog story.
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O.K. An indian had three wives, one fat one and two skinny one's. He goes out and kills a deer and gives it to one of the skinny one's who dresses it and keeps the hide, same with second deer. Then he goes out and drags back a Hippopotamus and gives it to the fat wife.
"The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws on the other two hides".
The following version, with more precise wording, was presented by Martin Gardner in his Scientific American column. It was reprinted in his The Unexpected Hanging book:

"Three Navaho women sit side by side on the ground. The first woman, who is sitting on a goatskin, has a son who weighs 140 pounds. The second woman, who is sitting on a deerskin, has a son who weighs 160 pounds. The third woman, who weighs 300 pounds, is sitting on a hippopotamus skin. What famous geometric theorem does this symbolize?
The squaw on the hippopotamus is equal to the sons of the squaws on the other two hides."
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I don't get it....whats your angle?

Not sure it seemed a bit obtuse!
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