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Mathematical Jokes

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Maths jokes are a great way to add some spice to your maths sessions. Challenge your students to collect, discuss and evaluate as many different maths jokes as they can. You could develop a whole school collection to share with parents too.

This red T-shirt is one of my favourites: “Too much pi gives you a larger circumference” – so clever, so mathematical.

Some jokes can be obvious, such as: Question: “How many seconds are there in a year?” Answer: “Twelve, January second, February second, March second, …”


And what about this joke about Venn diagrams, based on the famous old Carly Simon song hit from 1972, “You’re so vain, I bet you think this song is about you, don’t you, don’t you?”







Or unexpected jokes such as:

Why was six afraid of seven? Because 7 8 9.


Jokes also play on words:

Question: What do you call a crushed angle?

Answer: A Rectangle (wrecked angle)


Question: Why was the scalene triangle sad?

Answer: Because he would never be right.


Which maths jokes are your favourites? Why?