prof : how much 7 x 24 = ? student : it's 168. prof : prove it. student: 16 + 8 = 24 prof : and 7 x 27 + ? student : 189 prove 18+9 = 27 prof : and 21 x 7 = ? student : 147 prove 14 + 7 = 21 prof: and 18 x 7 = ? student : 126 prove 12 + 6 = 18 etc.. Q: Divide 14 sugar cubes into 3 cups of coffee so that each cup has an odd number of sugar cubes. A: 1,1,12 Riposte: 12 isn't odd! A: It's an odd number of cubes to put in a cup of coffee (groan) Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives. When in the company of scientific/mathematical minds, I like to lighten the atmosphere by observing that I sneeze always in Fibonacci's Sequence. "The only problem is," I conclude, "when I sneeze only once, I'm never certain whether I'm sneezing in the first or second of the sequence. Seen the week before finals on the chalkboard right after a Math 233 (Discrete Math) class at the University of Oregon: 59 + 34 + 2 + 37 + 97 = some number And here I thought math classes were hard.... psh!