I was trying to give an example of a pun yesterday and couldn’t come up with one off the top of my head. I think this recent excerpt from Tom The Dancing Bug would have fit the bill:
Last week, I spent some of my time grading part of the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge which is administered locally. There were some inspiring words written in one of the solutions I graded.
Question (paraphrased): If x2+y2=z2, prove that at least one of x, y, z is even.
Proof: If we put x=3, y=4, z=5, then the equation is satisfied. This proves the result since 4 is even. The proof appears when you believe in yourself.
On the next page, which had a geometry question, there was a picture of Captain Falcon kneeing a triangle in the face.
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