Source: https://www.xkcd.com/2118/

## All posts in category **Humor**

# How To Annoy a Statistician

*Posted by John Quintanilla on March 6, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/03/06/how-to-annoy-a-statistician/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 119

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 24, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/02/24/prove-it/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 118

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 21, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/02/21/my-favorite-one-liners-part-118/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 117

I absolutely love this joke. The integral looks diabolical but can be computed mentally.

For what it’s worth, while it was able to produce an answer to as many decimal places as needed, even Wolfram Alpha was unable to exactly compute this integral. Feel free to click the link if you’d like the (highly suggestive) answer.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/CTYJohnsHopkins/photos/a.323810509981/10151131549924982/?type=3&theater

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 17, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/02/17/free-wifi-joke/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 116

This awful pun is just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NeuroNewsResearch/photos/a.479172065434890/2989385557746849/?type=3&theater

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 14, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/02/14/my-favorite-one-liners-part-116/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Part 115

I credit Math With Bad Drawings for this new weapon in my arsenal of awful mathematical puns.

*Posted by John Quintanilla on February 10, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/02/10/my-favorite-one-liners-part-115/

# YouTube’s Automatic Closed-Captioning of Mathematical Speech (Part 2)

Last semester, as I spend untold hours editing the closed captioning automatically generated by YouTube on the math videos on my YouTube channel, I got a crash course on the capabilities and limitations of this system. This crash course was perhaps not legally necessary but extra work that I took on because a student with a hearing impairment was enrolled in my class, and I wanted to ensure that the review videos that I provide to my students were accessible to him also.

I think the resources offered by my university are fairly typical to ensure that instructors are able to reach all students and not just those who don’t have audio/visual impairments. After discussions with the cognizant people at my university, I’ve made a few conclusions:

- Mostly by accident, my videos are ADA compliant since I made the decision to both write out the solutions and also talking through the solutions.
- While the automatic closed-captioning provided by YouTube may be minimally compliant with ADA, I’m not sure that a student with a hearing impairment could always follow the transcriptions due to a number of errors.
- Aside from punctuation, capitalization, and the occasional homonym (e.g.,
*right*vs.*write*), YouTube does a pretty good job at transcribing ordinary speech. - Naturally, YouTube’s automated closed-captioning is not to blame when I don’t enunciate clearly, have a rabbit trail of thought but then have to backtrack, use poor grammar, make a outright mistake, etc.
- However, YouTube seems to have a lot of difficulty providing automatic closed-captioning of mathematical speech.

Fixing these transcription errors took an ** awful **lot of time. I don’t want to know how many hours I devoted to fixing the 120 or so videos (each video is about 3-10 minutes long) recorded so that my hearing-impaired student could have full access to my class. About halfway into this project of fixing the closed-captioning errors, I started writing down some of the closed-captioning errors. I wish I had thought to do this near the start, but oh well.

Phonetically, I can understand why most of these errors were made. But these mistakes really shouldn’t have happened. Here are my favorite howlers that I recorded, showing both what I said and what YouTube thought I said.

- “931,147,496” became “930 1,000,000 147,000 496”
- “,” pronounced “ intersect ,” became “A inner sexy”
- “arithmetic” became “rhythm sick”
- “capital ” became “Catholics”
- “cardinality” became “carnality”
- “divisible by 5” became “visited his wife live” (I have no idea how that happened)
- “” became “eat ooh the x”
- “for succinctness” became “force the sickness”
- “,” pronounced “ choose ,” became “and shoes and”
- “set containing” became “second taining”
- “” became “squirt tuna”
- “two ways in” became “too wasted”
- “what latex f$ of 3,” became “whateva 3”
- , pronounced “ is in ,” became “sexism be”
- , pronounced “ is in and ,” became “x is Indiana see”
- , pronounced “ is in ,” became “excellency”

Here’s the complete list of howlers that I recorded for posterity. If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that I need to be more proactive about ensuring the mathematical accuracy of closed-captioning for my YouTube videos.

4 | for |

857 | a 50 7 |

1232 | 1230 two |

4761 | 4760 1 |

19,999 | 19,000 999 |

46,376 | 40 6376 |

123,552 | 120 3,552 |

5,565,120 | five million 565,000 120 |

931,147,496 | 930 1,000,000 147,000 496 |

2d sent | |

28 | |

one too | |

12 juice 4 | |

16 choosing | |

surplus one mix for | |

4 2 0 | |

four twos k | |

49 she’s 5 | |

52 six | |

a choose to | |

A inner sexy | |

a intersecting | |

a you be | |

a UNC | |

a you will see | |

a proof | approved |

a compliment | |

asa by | |

all multiples of | almost visit |

an element of | known the debate |

an element of | normal today |

and divisible | and as above |

and positive 50 | + + 50 |

and tens | intense |

and would let this be 3 | andrew lippa p3 |

arithmetic | earth to |

arithmetic | rhythm sick |

s | ace |

but not | be but not si |

b in a sexy | |

if | beef |

bijection | bi CH action |

bijection | bite jection |

bijection | by dejection |

bijection | by ejection |

bijection | by jection |

bijection | by Junction |

both sets | both says |

capital X | Catholics |

cardinality | carnality |

Cartesian | car to shull |

codomain | code Amin |

coordinate | cordon |

coordinate | court |

coordinates | corners |

coordinates have | cort in sap |

cosine | cosign |

disjoint | destroyed |

divisible by 5 | visited his wife live |

eat ooh the x | |

element of A | illness of A |

element of A | mellow today |

element | that Windex |

elements | of us |

empty | MQ |

descent | |

intercept | |

equal | able |

exponent | x1 |

factored | acted |

factorial | fact welders |

fill in | film |

flipping four coins | philippine for coins |

for succinctness | force the sickness |

hence in | Hanson |

eye | |

aye | |

If I divide by 15 | If I / 15 |

in | nae |

in there | a bear |

infinite | if an |

infinite | imp an |

infinite | infant |

into five | in 2 5 |

s | ice |

j choose arms | |

th | cave |

th | kate |

likewise | lakh wise |

and shoes and | |

th row | nth throw |

one-to-one | 121 |

onto | on 2 |

our shoes are | |

to | art at |

to | already |

are too | |

our too | |

‘s | hours |

same row | samro |

second coordinate | sec cornered |

set containing | second inning |

set containing | second taining |

set containing | seconds hanging |

set containing | secretary |

set containing 1 | second anyone |

since has | say has |

sixth one | six-month |

square | swear |

score 2 | |

squirt of tuna | |

team A | teammate |

term in it | terminate |

than zero | gloves are off |

that’s chosen | that’s Showzen |

then | the next |

therefore | there for |

this entry in | the century plus |

to the | decay |

two are | to are |

two ways in | too wasted |

union | you need |

up here | pier |

what | whateva 3 |

will be 4 | will before |

with | finials 4 |

would subtract | was attract |

writing | riding |

is | extras |

is in | exiting |

is in | x as a native |

is in | x is nay |

is in | sexism be |

is in and | x is Indiana see |

is in | excellency |

is in | X’s and see |

next to | |

text too | |

coordinate | export |

why | |

wine | |

is greater than or | wider |

s | wise |

*Posted by John Quintanilla on January 13, 2020*

https://meangreenmath.com/2020/01/13/youtubes-automatic-closed-captioning-of-mathematical-speech-part-2/

# My Favorite One-Liners: Index

I’m doing something that I should have done a long time ago: collecting a series of posts into one single post. The links below show my series on my favorite one-liners.

Mathematical Wisecracks for Almost Any Occasion: Part 2, Part 7, Part 8, Part 12, Part 21, Part 28, Part 29, Part 41, Part 46, Part 53, Part 60, Part 63, Part 65, Part 71, Part 79, Part 84, Part 85, Part 100, Part 101, Part 108, Part 109, Part 114

All-Purpose Anecdotes: Part 38, Part 50, Part 64, Part 70, Part 92, Part 94

Addressing Misconceptions: Part 3, Part 4, Part 11, Part 14, Part 15, Part 18, Part 30, Part 32, Part 33, Part 37, Part 45, Part 59

Tricky Steps in a Calculation: Part 5, Part 6

Greek alphabet and choice of variables: Part 40, Part 43, Part 56

Homework and exams: Part 39, Part 47, Part 55, Part 57, Part 58, Part 66, Part 77, Part 78, Part 91, Part 96, Part 97, Part 107

Inequalities: Part 99

Simplification: Part 10, Part 102, Part 103

Polynomials: Part 19, Part 48, Part 49, Part 81, Part 90

Inverses: Part 16

Exponential and Logarithmic Functions: Part 1, Part 42, Part 68, Part 80, Part 110

Trigonometry: Part 9, Part 69, Part 76, Part 106

Complex numbers: Part 54, Part 67, Part 86, Part 112, Part 113

Sequences and Series: Part 20, Part 35, Part 111

Combinatorics: Part 27

Statistics: Part 22, Part 23, Part 36, Part 51, Part 52, Part 61, Part 95

Probability: Part 26, Part 31, Part 62, Part 93

Calculus: Part 24, Part 25, Part 72, Part 73, Part 74, Part 75, Part 83, Part 87, Part 88, Part 104

Logic and Proofs: Part 13, Part 17, Part 34, Part 44, Part 89, Part 98

Differential Equations: Part 82, Part 105

*Posted by John Quintanilla on October 28, 2019*

https://meangreenmath.com/2019/10/28/my-favorite-one-liners-index-2/

# Please curve my exam

*Posted by John Quintanilla on April 8, 2019*

https://meangreenmath.com/2019/04/08/please-curve-my-exam/

# Vertical line test

*Posted by John Quintanilla on March 29, 2019*

https://meangreenmath.com/2019/03/29/vertical-line-test/