Geek Humor

October 15, 2007 at 9:50 pm (Links)

If you hang around geeks long enough, you’ll figure out that there is a unique sense of humor that they share.

It is not uncommon for the verbal humor to include references to Orwell, Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, and Sci-fi books and movies. Geek jokes also frequently involve geek jargon as well. One of the better examples of this is the ‘turboencabulator‘. Geek humor can also involve math – especially geek math.

My two favorite geek ‘math’ type jokes are:

There are 10 types of people in the world, those that know binary, and those that don’t.

spoiler: In binary (base 2), 10 is the same as decimal 2

Why do geeks have trouble distinguishing between Halloween and Christmas?

Because Oct 31 = Dec 25

spoiler: Oct is short for Octal (base 8), and Dec is short for Decimal (standard base 10) – and they are the same number – 25.

My opportunity for contribution to the fine art of geek humor came when the company I work for moved. I was in the last group, and went ‘shopping’ through the vacated spaces to see what had been left behind.

My wall of clocks

If it’s hard to see, the clocks from left to right are:

Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, & Turks and Caicos.

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2 Comments

  1. Darmok said,

    I’d never heard the Oct 31 = Dec 25 one before!

  2. CompuFun said,

    “There are 10 types of people in the world, those that know binary, and those that don’t.”
    Short and sweet!!

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