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MATH JOKE

THERE WAS ONCE A ZOOKEEPER WHO ACQUIRED A PAIR OF
ADDERS (SNAKES). SINCE THE LIFE OF A SNAKE IS
RELATIVELY SHORT, HE WANTED THESE SNAKES TO REPRODUCE.
HE SOON TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE METHOD, BUT THE SNAKES
REFUSED TO MATE. ONE DAY, AN ENGINEER HAPPENED TO
BUMP INTO THE ZOOKEEPER, AND SOON LEARNED OF THE
ZOOKEEPER'S PROBLEM. HE TOLD THE ZOOKEEPER, "THE
ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET RESULTS, IS TO GO INTO THE WOODS,
CHOP DOWN SOME SMALL TREES, AND BUILD A TABLE WITH THEM.
THEN PUT THE ADDERS ON THIS TABLE." THE ZOOKEEPER
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SURE ENOUGH! THE ADDERS WENT
WILD! THE NEXT TIME THE ZOOKEEPER SAW THE ENGINEER
HE ASKED HIM THE SECRET BEHIND MAKING THESE ADDERS
REPRODUCE. "SIMPLE," REPLIED THE ENGINEER. "IF
YOU WANT TO MAKE ADDERS MULTIPLY, BUILT THEM A TABLE
OF LOGS!"

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME ; SOCIAL VISIT

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 04-07-1971

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MATH JOKE

THERE WAS ONCE A ZOOKEEPER WHO ACQUIRED A PAIR OF
ADDERS (SNAKES). SINCE THE LIFE OF A SNAKE IS
RELATIVELY SHORT, HE WANTED THESE SNAKES TO REPRODUCE.
HE SOON TRIED EVERY POSSIBLE METHOD, BUT THE SNAKES
REFUSED TO MATE. ONE DAY, AN ENGINEER HAPPENED TO
BUMP INTO THE ZOOKEEPER, AND SOON LEARNED OF THE
ZOOKEEPER'S PROBLEM. HE TOLD THE ZOOKEEPER, "THE
ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET RESULTS, IS TO GO INTO THE WOODS,
CHOP DOWN SOME SMALL TREES, AND BUILD A TABLE WITH THEM.
THEN PUT THE ADDERS ON THIS TABLE." THE ZOOKEEPER
DID AS HE WAS TOLD, AND SURE ENOUGH! THE ADDERS WENT
WILD! THE NEXT TIME THE ZOOKEEPER SAW THE ENGINEER
HE ASKED HIM THE SECRET BEHIND MAKING THESE ADDERS
REPRODUCE. "SIMPLE," REPLIED THE ENGINEER. "IF
YOU WANT TO MAKE ADDERS MULTIPLY, BUILT THEM A TABLE
OF LOGS!"

Where learned: COLLECTORS HOME ; SOCIAL VISIT

Subject headings: 6677 Formula Tale

Date learned: 04-07-1971

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