Monday, April 25, 2011

30 + 1 = Ice Cream!

As a self-admitted nerd I have told my fair share of math jokes...

Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9.

I thought I had heard them all until my second 4th grade class of the day. We had learned numbers 1-30 last class and were starting addition. I had some students choose numbers and the class would read the sentences together (e.g. 4 plus 3 is 7).

Then one student used 30 and 1. The other students roared with laughter as we tried to read the sentence. Did you get the joke? Don't feel bad if you didn't. I would not have understood a year ago.

You see '31' is a very popular food establishment in Japan that serves ice cream. Sound familiar? You might know it by its actual name, Baskin Robbins.