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  1. Apr 16, 2005 #1
    [tex]\int (cabin)^{-1} = ???[/tex]

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  3. Apr 16, 2005 #2
    hahaha, funny answer.. oh.. almost forgot the plus C. Oh, shouldn't it be [tex] \int(cabin)^{-1} dcabin? [/tex]
  4. Apr 16, 2005 #3
    It doesn't really matter. I borrowed this from Thomas Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow' where he was discussing the graffiti on bathroom walls written by renegade mathematicians. :rofl: I finally got around to sharing it with some people who would get the joke! :biggrin:
  5. Apr 19, 2005 #4
    alright, so I am retarded. What exactly is the joke? I think I get the punchline, but I just can't seem to put everything together so that it makes sense.
  6. Apr 19, 2005 #5
    The answer is [itex] ln(wood) [/itex] or something cheesy like that.
  7. Apr 19, 2005 #6


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    Probably log cabin.
  8. Apr 21, 2005 #7
    Perhaps I am thinking of this as a "real" joke where one needs both a setup that makes sense and a punchline.

    the answer is of course ln(cabin)+C which is "the natural log cabin plus C(sea?/see?)". What I do not get is the question "the indefinate integral of cabin to the negative first" or "the indefinate integral of one over cabin".

    What I am asking is if there is suppose to be a certain way to read the equation so that it makes more sense.
  9. Apr 21, 2005 #8


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    I think you're overanalyzing it narble. It's a quick easy funny joke. I always though x^-1 = 1/x anyways...

    Either way, post some more out of the book please!!
  10. Apr 21, 2005 #9
    [tex] cabin^{-1} = \frac{1}{cabin} [/tex]
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    this is a similar type of math joke, but it has nothing to do with integrals.

    Q: what happens when you try to cross a fly with a mountain climber?

    hint: its amazingly corny
  12. Apr 21, 2005 #11
    Hint on T@P's joke: You'll never, ever get it.
  13. Apr 21, 2005 #12
    fly mountain climber sin theta
  14. May 1, 2005 #13
    [tex] \int(cabin)^{-1} dcabin = log \ cabin + C = houseboat[/tex]
  15. May 1, 2005 #14
    :rofl: That's great!
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    Something about a scalar? Thats my best guess for the mountain climber one.
  17. May 2, 2005 #16
    Yeah, something about a scalar. You'll never get it though.
  18. May 2, 2005 #17
    t!m, thanks for the hint.

    Taken from the OED:
    vector 3. a. Med. and Biol. A person, animal, or plant
    which carries a pathogenic agent and acts as a potential source
    of infection for members of another species.

    You can't cross a vector with a scaler (scalar)

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