Wednesday, 8 July 2009

The shape of a kiss

For no reason at all today, my thoughts turned to a joke that was originally told me by, of all people, my maths teacher. John "Sooty" Cole taught me, amongst other things, co-ordinate geometry at school. This is the kind of geometry where X-squared plus Y-squared = R-squared describes a circle. Other formulae apply to ellipses, parabolas and so on.

So there we were, up to our ears in X-squareds and so on and he pipes up with: "What shape is a kiss?" We were a bit taken aback. This was our maths teacher, not known for sexuality of any kind (impossible in someone as old as his mid-thirties, anyway), and he's asking a serious question or telling a joke?

The answer is elliptical (A lip tickle) Anyway it made me smile, and if it makes you smile, that's cool too.
Have a nice day :)

4 comments:

ReedBunting said...

Ha ha, good joke :) Maths jokes are great:
There are only 10 types of people in the world - those that understand binary and those that don't.

Cogitator said...

OK, yours is a good joke too! Thanks for sharing :)

Mimi Lenox said...

I never thought about it! THat is priceless. The shape of a kiss....ha!

P.S. What an engaging and brilliant teacher.

Cogitator said...

You're right, he was brilliant, and engaging. Something I took for granted at the time, unfortunately.

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