Browsing through the Wikipedia entry for mathematical jokes, I noticed a reference to the intriguingly titledĀ * Foolproof: A Sampling of Mathematical Folk Humor* (pdf)Ā that appeared in

*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*back in 2004.

Many English-language mathematical jokes are based on word play involving standard mathematical concepts and terminology. In fact, many of the jokes involve food items, which may be a reflection of the fact that some mathematical concepts are hard to digest, or difficult to swallow:

Q: What’s purple and commutes?

A: An abelian grape.