Today's joke of the day is about the miscommunication that can happen when you mix mathematics with the complex English language.
Mrs. Combrink, a math teacher, was thrilled to welcome a new French exchange student into her class. On that particular day, the lesson was on fractions.
The lesson began with Mrs. Combrink writing several different combinations of fractions on the whiteboard. When she looked back, she realized her new student had his hand raised and asked him how she could help.
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"Excuse me, Madam, but I don't know how to say fractions. How do you say those?" the boy responded. The helpful teacher appreciated his honesty and explained the concept to him:
"Easy, you say the top number, and then the bottom number is read as an ordinal number. For example, 2/3 is 'two-thirds,' 3/4 is 'three-fourths,' and 2/5 is 'two-fifths."
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The French student smiled and nodded confidently, so the teacher took the opportunity to test his understanding and asked him a follow-up question, "so how do you say 4/8?"
"Should I reduce?" asked the boy, to which Mrs. Combrink agreed, and then he said, "One-second."
Mrs. Combrink immediately responded, "Take as long as you need."
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In another funny joke, Pete and Carey had been married for 20 years. Instead of having a romantic celebration filled with heartwarming gifts, Carey was livid because Pete totally forgot about the big day. She yelled:
“Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds!”
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Initially, Pete was a little confused about what kind of gift he could get to make his wife happy and the imaginative person he is, he came up with the perfect gift.
When Carey woke up the next morning, she looked outside to find a gift-wrapped box in the driveway. Although it wasn't what she expected, she was still thrilled to find out what it was.
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She rushed downstairs and out the door and brought the beautifully wrapped box into the house. She excitedly opened it and found a bathroom scale. Bob hasn't been seen in days.
If you're ready for another laugh, here is a story about a forgetful man who went around town looking for computer software to help him remember birthdays and anniversary dates.